Il Convento di Santa Maria
A crumbling local convent until its restoration in 2005 by Alastair McAlpine and his wife Athena, Il Convento di Santa Maria di Constantinopoli bears a tranquility befitting of its archaic heritage. Encompassing a spacious, picturesque central courtyard, this diminutive, 9-room luxury bed and breakfast is a haven for those seeking peace and relaxation, with a shaded pool and courtyard offering welcome relief from the Puglian heat.
Renowned for its eccentric collections of African textiles and Eastern artifacts, the convent hotel is regarded a boutique museum for lovers of art. Breakfast includes a choice of exotic pastries and fruit, accompanied by a selection of cheeses and fresh juice. Lunch is also served daily, inclusive of accommodation costs.