Palazzo Nianu

  • Location: Town / Village
    Closest restaurants: In walking distance
    Coast and closest beach: 16km (20 mins by car)
    Seaside town of Gallipoli: 16km (20 mins by car)
    Porto Selvaggio Beach: 23km (30 mins by car)
  • Brindisi Airport (BDS): 80km (1h by car)
    Bari Airport (BRI): 200km (2hs by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Palazzo Nianu

What is the story behind Palazzo Nianu, what was your inspiration to create it?

It all started during the pandemic in 2021. Georg and I (who are both architects) had already collaborated on projects in Barcelona and we started to look for properties in Puglia online. I am from southern Italy and love the region while Georg visited around 10 years ago and fell in love with it too. It seemed that it was quite cheap to buy something nice and with some history behind it. 

When we originally saw the listing for Palazzo Nianu, we had a good feeling about it. So we went to Neviano to see it and were convinced. You can feel the history in the building and the village felt authentic, with a slow living custom. 

As we approached the palazzo, it was peaceful and relaxing. Then when you enter the building, there are two big columns and a staircase — it felt grand and important. The terraces have views of the village and the surrounding countryside — it was just super nice. 

So we decided to buy it and began working on the restoration in December 2021 before opening to guests in August 2022. 

It might have been risky to do something during the pandemic but I was excited too. It wasn’t easy, however, as we both live far away. We had a great connection with the construction company we worked with and the local carpenter I knew. With this kind of project, you need to be present (even if not physically) and it’s something that keeps you very busy. But with a good team, you can do great stuff. 

It ended up being better than we thought and we are really happy with the feedback we get from guests. Everyone is amazed by the palazzo — the light, the comfort, the warmth. They really feel like they are having an Italian experience. This is what we were trying to achieve.

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Palazzo Nianu?

Our philosophy was to keep the interventions as minimal as possible while preserving the patina of the palazzo. So we retained all of the original walls, floors and doors and we used local techniques wherever possible. For example, the kitchens and bathrooms feature custom-made masonry that has been coated using a traditional waterproofing technique. Much of the furniture is also custom-made, mixed with some vintage pieces, such as my grandmother’s armchairs that I had reupholstered. 

We wanted to highlight the slow living lifestyle that is typical of the village and retain the essence of a house from the south of Italy. It was a careful restoration in its details — the architecture already tells a story about the passing of time in this building and we wanted to make the story visible at first sight. 

To you personally, what makes Palazzo Nianu so special?

Once you enter the palazzo, you can feel the authenticity of the place. The entrance area is my favourite part and we preserved as much as we could here. You can see the story of the place. 

Blu room
Terrace and plunge pool
Bianco room
Bianco room
Blu room
Gialla room
Dining area
Dining area

Palazzo Nianu rooms & rates

Once you enter the palazzo, there’s a living space with five-metre-high walls. Stairs lead up to the first floor where there is a bedroom on the left and a dining area on the right. This connects to the other two bedrooms, one of which is the master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, built-in bed and robe. 

From the dining room, you reach the second bathroom (which is shared between the other two bedrooms), as well as the kitchen with its own terrace and alfresco dining area. There’s also a reading room with a fireplace, from where you can access the two terraces. The first level has a breakfast table with views of the Church of San Michelangelo and the second level has a plunge pool (2x1.40 metres). Here there are lots of plants, sun beds and an outdoor sofa for enjoying the views. 

The Palazzo comprises the following:

  • one master bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • two bedrooms with shared bathroom
  • large lounge, library
  • kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas
  • roofscape for sunbathing and plunge pool

Kitchen facilities:

  • combined fridge & freezer
  • Induction field cooking, oven
  • Nespresso machine
  • dishwasher

House facilities:

  • anti-Covid sanitization
  • air conditioning cold & hot
  • washing machine
  • Wi-Fi
  • dishwasher
  • body wash and shampoo
  • set of small and large towel/person
  • Bbath gowns

We have no TVs installed, but instead offer a selection of books to be enjoyed :)

  • Palazzo Nianu for 6 people / 125 m²
    580 / night
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • Terrace
    • Balcony
    • Fireplace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include cleaning once a week, change of bed linen and towels once per week, WiFi, air conditioning, and utilities.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. There is no space for extra beds.
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Children welcome
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Whirlpool/Plunge pool
  • Central heating
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Pets welcome
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

In addition to bedding, towels and Wi-Fi, we have elastic bands, yoga mats and kettlebells so guests can exercise. There is also a washing machine and dryer, portable speakers and lots of books in English, French and Italian (the palazzo is a TV-free space).

Guests are greeted with a bottle of red or white wine and we have an assistant who helps with check-in/check-out and anything that’s needed during guests’ stays. 

We welcome families with children and groups of friends — we don’t have any restrictions. 

Things to do in Puglia & Neviano

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Wine tastings
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips

I would recommend enjoying the calm and peace of Neviano before doing a day trip to Lecce and Galatina — another beautiful Baroque town. Of course, you should go to Gallipoli, either to visit the amazing beaches or just walk through the old town, which is on an island and linked to the rest of the town by a bridge. 

I would also suggest going to see Otranto on the Adriatic coast. There are lots of beaches to be seen and discovered on both the Ionian and Adriatic coasts.

Palazzo Nianu reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
This place is perfect for all design lovers and "I am a local pretender". Located in a small town/village with everything you need for a daily living in walking distance, but free parking just in front of the door. You can just stay and donothing, what I would higly recommend. Beach lovers have a huge choice of the most beautiful beaches in less then 30 minutes drive. This house is perfect for familiies with children above 12 or three couples as every sleeping room is bright and spacious with very comfortable beds and high quality bed linen. The hosts are very helpfull and available at any time via WhatApp. We enjoyed very much staying there, because we felt at home abroad.
Katharina D.
stayed at Palazzo Nianu in May 2024
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We had a wonderful stay at Palazzo Nianu. It's a beautiful property with all the details thought out -- from the elevated design to the rooftop pool to the outdoor dining nook. It's a perfect hub for a trip in the Salento region to easily visit the area's best beaches and small towns. We will definitely return next time we are visiting Puglia! Thank you!
Kristin O.
stayed at Palazzo Nianu in September 2023

The location of Palazzo Nianu

Palazzo Nianu is located in the middle of Neviano and adjacent to the village’s main church. The closest supermarket is five minutes’ walk away while the pharmacy and pizzeria are just three minutes on foot. Within the village, you can easily walk everywhere.

But to explore further afield, you do need a car as public transport in the area is not very good. That being said, the location is very central, with Lecce around 30 minutes away. The closest beach is Santa Maria al Bagno, which is 15 minutes by car, or you can be on the beaches of Gallipoli in around the same time. To get to the Adriatic coastline, it's around 40 minutes’ drive. 

When is the best time to visit Puglia?

I would suggest from mid-to-late June when it is warm enough to go to the beach but not yet crowded. Alternatively, late September/early October is another good time when it is still warm and the bars/restaurants are still open. In August, there are a lot of Italian tourists. I think June and September are more relaxed and you can enjoy the region more.