Augusto’s villa is rather large and grand looking but he’ll immediately make you feel at home with welcome drinks and nibbles in the garden. He loves to share stories of his family and the house, which was built by his grandfather in the 1920s.
Breakfast is served at small tables on the veranda: bread and cakes with jams, some of which are made by Augusto’s mother, or cheeses and hams. There’s a TV room for the rare rainy day, but it’s the enclosed garden that’s the main draw here: big enough for everyone to find their own spot, shaded by pine trees and with a lawn leading down to a swimming pool.
You can walk to the beach in a few minutes, or to a lookout point with views of the bay and Gallipoli jutting into the sea. Augusto will cook Southern Italian specialties for guests and arranges regular jazz music evenings, or stroll to Santa Caterina, ten minutes away, for restaurants; Nardò is a 5-minute drive for more options.