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We spent another half day in Lecce, this time visiting one of the small old houses in the city, the Museo Faggiano. In 2001 the family that lived there were having trouble with the drains, and as Luciano Faggiano was digging down trying to find the problem he came across an underground passage, which brought to light 5000 artefacts and archaeological remains. He then, under supervision, excavated further ...
... before Emperor Charles V fortified the city with strong walls and a new castle, when business flourished and most of the buildings which are there today were built. There is still a Roman amphitheatre, part of which has been excavated, and a Roman theatre. We bought a guide book (as you can see!), and wandered through the old streets. I bought a picture from a man on the street ...
... enter, but we managed to find out that you could only go with a guide on a Sunday at 4.30! On the way home the sky was black and when we got back there were 3 enormous claps of thunder that sounded as if the house was being hit. Later all the lights went out for 15 minutes. We can hear the cicadas in the trees – I think they like the rain, which has cooled things down a ...
... west coast and stopped
for a swim at a small holiday resort town. Beaches are few and far between as most of the coast is rocky. There is a lot of litter everywhere. According to an Italian, writing in Lonely Planet, it's a sign of weakness to show any civic responsibility!
... millstone. The temperature remained a constant 18º to 20º. The workers were the only ones to be allowed dispensation from church. It is one of 35 old olive mills, each having its own spring water, and the oil was then stored in any one of 2000 cisterns carved out beneath the old town. In 1500 Gallipoli was the most important producer of lamp oil in Europe. We lunched overlooking the sea at ...