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Choose a villa in Casarano to be near to the beauty and buzz of Lecce, the golden sand of Gallipoli and the art galleries of Ugento, but without being too close. Casarano lies in the province of Lecce in the southernmost reaches of Puglia, and life here revolves around olive oil production and enjoying a slower pace of life. The town itself is tiny, charming and historic, while the nearby countryside, where many of our luxury Casarano villas are, are carpeted by olive, citrus and almond groves. Come to Casarano to explore cobbled stone streets hiding the odd fantastic trattoria and frescoed church, see Roman and Byzantine ruins and see the 'casa a corte' – traditional homes hidden within courtyards. Casarano is just 34 kilometres from Santa Maria di Leuca where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet, and the world-class beaches of Gallipoli.

Things to do in Casarano

Casarano itself is compact and charming, and locals enjoy a different pace of life here to other towns in Puglia. On your villa holiday in Casarano, you'll truly be able to unwind and rejuvenate, thanks to its gorgeous setting in the Pugliese countryside but also its proximity to the beaches. It's best to hire a car when enjoying a Casarano villa, allowing you to make the quick drive to the sands of Gallipoli for a day of sunbathing and splashing in warm, jade-green seas – some of the most beautiful being Spiaggia della Purita and Punta Pizzo Beach.

A Casarano villa holiday wouldn't be complete without spending a day getting lost in the town itself, exploring its fading baroque palaces, pastel-hued buildings and the famous 5th Century Santa Maria Della Croce (one of the oldest Christian sites in the world) with its breath-taking mosaics and frescoes. Finish your day in one of Casarano's many authentic Pugliese restaurants for seafood, pasta and local specialities, with four even in the Michelin Guide. Tiring of Italian? There's even an incongruous little Thai restaurant.

Our Casarano villas are perfect for families, sun-seekers, couples and those who want to hide away from it all, thanks to their peaceful, private setting yet position near some of the main attractions in Puglia.

Sandy beach in Puglia, Italy
Terrace of Villa Ruffano, Puglia

History and culture in Casarano 

Casarano was founded by the Romans in the 1st Century BC, before being ruled by the Byzantines, Normans and then thriving in the post-Renaissance era. Casarano has some fantastic historical and cultural sites you can visit from one of our Casarano villas, and you only have to wander through its faded streets to see baroque palaces – a homage to the wealth the town once had – and the Santa Maria Della Croce – one of the oldest Christian sites in the world with frescoes from the 10th and 11th centuries. Casarano also has three fascinating museums, The Materia Cantieri Design modern art museum, Museo della Civilta Contadina and the Museo del Minatore which recounts the intriguing history of the Casaranesi miners who worked in Belgium.

Family holidays in Casarano

For a great family day out on your Casarano villa holiday, the Splash Parco Acquatico is a must, the biggest and most famous waterpark in the whole of Puglia and just a 20-minute drive away. Step into an aquatic amusement park with rides, pools in every shape and size and watery rides, and there are also shows, games and family-friendly restaurants to keep everyone entertained and fed. From your family villa, it's also just a short drive to the safe and clean beaches of Gallipoli, but you can also soak up the sun in one of our Casarano villas with a private pool.

Puglia countryside, Italy
Countryside terrain, Puglia, Italy

Adventurous activities in Casarano

Outdoorsy types will love our villas in Casarano, offering ample opportunities to enjoy hikes, bike rides, off-road adventures and watersports. Put on your walking shoes and explore the local countryside or hire a bike to ride through the oceans of olive and citrus trees and farmland that surrounds the town and local area. For watersports, our Casarano villas are just a short drive away from the famous beaches of Gallipoli with its dozens of tour operators offering speed boat tours, scuba diving, kitesurfing lessons and the chance to rent jet skis. The area also has some pretty epic off-road tour operators, giving you the chance to hop in a 4x4 or ATV and go trundling through the Pugliese countryside.

Romance in Casarano

A stay in one of our Casarano villas is certainly a romantic one, thanks to the setting near the historic and beautiful town, surrounding countryside and many coastal sunset walks and beaches. Head into town and enjoy a cocktail at trendy bar 'found' or meal at Pizzeria San Lorenzo Casarano – a romantic eatery set under historic arches, or simply wander the old stone streets with your partner during golden hour. From your couple's villa in Casarano, it's also easy to jump in a car and visit the nearby San Lorenzo Astronomical Park, an observatory offering spectacular viewing of the twinkling Puglian skies.

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