Plinius N° 005 | 15th Century Watchtower

users 10 bed 5 bath 2

A former watch tower transformed into a luxury villa in the rural countryside of Salento near the historical town of Nardo and only a short distance from the white sandy shore beaches

The villa was built in the 15th century. A fortified tower was built to protect the town from any incoming attacks on the Ionian Coast. This building has watched over its surrounding for more than six centuries. In the 17th century, it no longer served the purpose of a defensive function. The family of Tafuri-barons transformed it into a magnificent residence, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. You can still find the family coat of arms inside.

A few years back, during a bike ride through the Galatone countryside, the current owners discovered the house that had been abandoned for several years. They immediately fell in love with it and brought it back to life by reviving its past splendor and adding all the comforts of the modern day. Additionally, they continue the farming that already took place here and replanted olive trees, and vineyards, and created a whole plantation of fruit trees.

The space 

This Baroque masterpiece offers space for up to 10 people, overlooking the countryside with vineyards, fruit trees, and an enormous blue swimming pool. This villa has everything that Plinius loves. A place with a soul and history perfectly combined with contemporary, Italian luxury. The house is set on two levels with the kitchen being the heart of the house with opening doors both to the back of the garden, where the swimming pool is located and to the front of the house where you'll find a beautiful big table to host outside dinners.  There are four serene bedrooms in the house, of which two are located upstairs and two are located downstairs. An extra bedroom is being created in the little building in the garden so that there is space for up to 10 people. Furthermore, there are spacious hallways with original fireplaces and cozy corners, so that everyone can find a little spot to read a book or chill out.

The surroundings 

Staying at this stunning Villa offers a complete change of scenery, far from the crowds of tourists, in a unique setting in a stunning garden with olive and fruit trees and a private swimming pool. The city of Nardo is small, yet very charming and only a 10 minutes drive away. We had an amazing lunch at a local Slow Food restaurant here. It is also just a few minutes from the Ionian coast, famous for its stretches of white sand and crystal clear sea, which might even give you the feeling you're in the Caribbean. The nearby baroque cities of Galatone, Galatina, and Nardo in combination with the amazing food and stunning beaches made us fall for this beautiful villa!  

Plinius loves 

Baroque: How this beautiful Baroque building has been renovated up to the highest standard by conserving the spaces and highlighting the beautiful Baroque details that these villa hosts.

Kitchen: The amazing kitchen which is the center of the house

Garden: Where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables from the magnificent garden and use them for fresh, organic cooking

Soap: We love the homemade "Marlo" soaps

Beaches: The marvelous beaches with sandy shores, all within a very short driving distance from the villa. 

Nardo; we fell in love with this little historic town which is only a 10-minute ride.

Extra Services 

Guided tours of the eclectic villas of the “Cenate” district in Nardo between the city and the sea, recalling Salento's most prosperous period. Horse riding, boat and bike rental, yoga or cooking classes, olive oil, and wine tastings. The services of a private chef on-site or private dinners can also be organized.

Weddings & other receptions

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Nearest Airport

Brindisi: 45 min 

*Special Offer:  5 to 10 August 2023 (5 nights) and Sunday 20 August to Saturday 26 (6 nights). Normally it is only possible to book for 7 nights from Saturday to Saturday but this is an exception! In case you like to book those dates, please email us directly on

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Prices & availability


A deposit of 30% of the reservation sum is requested upon reservation. The remainder must be paid no later than 6 weeks before the start of your stay. When booking within the 6-week period, the total reservation sum must be paid immediately. In case of cancellation more than 6 weeks before the start of the stay, 50% of the deposit will be returned. In case of cancellation within the period of 6 weeks no refund will take place. We therefore recommend a cancellation insurance.

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Prices 2023 | Price transparency: Plinius is completely transparent about the prices, we do not charge a booking fee or add any additional charges. 

High season: 30/06/2023 - 01/09/2023 | Min. stay 7 nights | €12.000 per week

Midseason 01/06/2023 – 30/06/2023  and 01/09/2023 - 30/09/2023 | Min. stay 7 nights | €8.000 per week

Low season 01/01/2023 – 30/06/2023 and  30/09/2023 - 31/12/2023  | Min. stay 7 nights | €6.000 per week

Included in the price: 

Final cleaning; cleaning and change of bath linen once a week  (preferably on Wednesdays)

Additional costs:

Security Deposit €1000 - paid in full with last payment (will be refunded after stay)

Extra Information: 

The stairway leading from the ground floor to the top floor is steep and might not be advisable for small children or those with walking difficulties.


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