Diving in the atmosphere of bygone days, listening to the sound of the sea, the tolling of bells and the sound of the wind … this is what happens to the guests of The Duchess, a fine Luxury Guest House north of Bari.
Let’s discover the ancient and imposing Palazzo Ducale in Giovinazzo, a fishing village that slips on a small spit of land. The building, placed on the ramparts of the defensive walls and close to the Cathedral, welcomes us with its large courtyard from the late Renaissance.
The Duchess Sea House is located on the top floor, suspended between the sky and the sea of Puglia.
Along the stairs we can only imagine the intimate and refined hospitality that awaits us.
Now, finally, the door opens and the light is really beautiful. Here are the piano, the collection of cows, travel and architecture books but also the tv sets, turntables and vintage vinyl records … the curtains are moving lightly up to the really high ceilings with a vaulted pavilion.
We cross the hall and we are in the dining room. The crystal of the large rectangular table sparks struck by the rays of the sun: the base color recalls the red lacquered fridge, large and rounded, vintage style.
Here is the kitchen, with the precious marble worktop, perfect to venture into traditional recipes of Puglia.
But there are still stairs to climb, you get even higher… from the mezzanine you access the core of the home: the beautiful terrace of 100 square meters, which dominates the old town with its houses made of carefully restored local stone, the delightful little harbor, the Romanesque Cathedral, and the sea as far as the eye can see, makes everything just great. Even here you have it all: comfortable chairs, wicker sofas, a large umbrella and a table with barbecue for unforgettable cocktails at sunset and romantic dinners under the stars. Anna, the owner, is a passionate gourmet, she will delight you (upon reservation) with the most genuine and tasty dishes of the Apulian cuisine, local wines, craft beers and seasonal strictly organic products.
The apartment is equipped with all kind of amenities: wifi, air conditioning, Technics stereo system with Bose speakers and flat screen TV. The wide spaces, including the master bedroom with the stylish wooden floor, the two bathrooms with bath and large walk-in stone shower, are ideal for couples but also for families. The guest house, with a double bed and a sofa bed delightfully arranged on the mezzanine, accommodates up to 5 people.
There are also two bicycles at guests’ disposal to explore the old town andstroll along the beautiful promenade in full freedom.
It is possible to book a transfer service to and from Bari Palese airport, which is only 10 km away. Among the services offered by The Duchess are also engaging and informative wine tours designed to satisfy the most curious and refined palates.
The summer is full of events in Giovinazzo, many theater shows are housed in the former convent from the XVI century: Pirandello, Shakespeare, Goldoni and even Dario Fò’s “The devil with tits”, scheduled for September 1. Refined concerts of classical music and blues are held in the evocative setting of the cathedral and the square.
On August 19, then, we celebrate Our Lady of Corsignano , the patron saint of Giovinazzo. The celebrations start a few days before to culminate in the evening of Sunday, with the procession of the silver niche which contains the Byzantine icon. After a short tour in the historic center and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, the picture of the Virgin, followed by the faithful devoutly, returns to the Cathedral. The evening ends with the traditional fireworks and music in the square.
The old town of Giovinazzo is always alive: what animates it are the many sea and land restaurants, the pizzerias, the characteristics norcinerie and creperie, the delicious cafés on the sea and the delicious pastries and ice cream store.
The small town of Giovinazzo is an excellent starting point to discover the beautiful Romanic Cathedrals and the castles of Frederick, with Castel del Monte and the elegant city of Trani just a few kilometers away. Moving further south is Polignano, a charming town overlooking the sea, the white Ostuni and all the wonders of Salento.
Experience an unforgettable Puglia … The Duchess is awaiting you!
The Duchess Sea House:
- Palazzo Ducale Giovinazzo, Giovinazzo, 70054
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- m. +39 338 184 4491