Villa Diadema

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In one of Puglia’s most enchanting areas, Villa Diadema is a spectacular villa surrounded by extensive private woodlands and mesmerising views of olive groves.

In an elevated position, this contemporary home has been beautifully designed across several levels and includes many amazing features such as the indoor rain-waterfall, a sauna in one of the bedrooms as well as interesting artefacts and original artwork. The villa was fully refurbished in 2019 yet there’s still an overall ambience of authenticity with traditional materials juxtaposed with appealing modern design.

On the lower floor the main split-level living space is full of light from the vast windows and allows ample space for relaxation, fine-dining and creating feasts in the incredibly smart and spacious kitchen. Six welcoming bedrooms can be found across the two floors, four of which are especially sumptuous with their own fireplaces and showers or bathrooms. High-end facilities include air-conditioning in the bedrooms, Wi-Fi throughout, Smart TVs across the three living areas dotted around this unique villa.

The spectacular features continue outside with rocky gardens full of summer colour, white-washed tranquil terraces for al-fresco dining, meandering stone paths and even steps leading down to a natural underground grotto, a wonderful spot to escape the summer sun. Play in the woods and discover Mediterranean plants and local flowers – the natural surroundings of Villa Diadema are glorious! Appreciate the tranquillity of this special place from the exquisite swimming pool, surrounded by trees and rocks, as you swim up to the rather splendid 'sunken' pool bar.

There’s an excellent restaurant for evenings out within walking distance (you can even hire the Michelin starred chef from a nearby restaurant!) or drive into Ceglie Messapica, just 2km away, for more gastronomic delights. Wander along the narrow lanes in this historic town, discover delightful shops selling wonderful local produce and a number of authentic restaurants serving Puglian fare. Slightly away from the more touristy trails, Ceglie Messapica is a charming place to explore.

This setting also offers some of Puglia’s most visited towns such as Ostuni, Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its magical trulli and Cisternino, classified as one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. Of course, the crystal-clear Adriatic sea is also so close with small sandy bays, rocky ledges and pretty lidos or head west to the Ionian with its beaches of fine white sand and gently shelving water.

Staying at Villa Diadema immerses you into a true Italian experience of wonderful cuisine, beautiful beaches, historic towns and outstanding natural beauty surrounding this exceptional home.

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What you should know…

  • Air-conditioning is featured in the bedrooms only
  • Villa Diadema features a wonderful swimming pool, rocky gardens, steps and paths, woodland and even an underground grotto – inquisitive kids can have hours of supervised fun
  • Also, do check the "features" tab carefully for some of the unique features if travelling with young children

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Cable TV Sauna/Steam Wine Cellar Working Fireplace Heating

Villa Interiors

Lower Ground Floor (split level)

- Main living area with fireplace, indoor rock-garden with cacti, sofas, chairs and Smart TV
- Open-plan dining area
- Well-equipped kitchen including dishwasher, microwave, oven, fridge-freezer and coffee machine
- Additional living area
- Bedroom One with double bed, fireplace, air-conditioning and bathroom
- Bedroom Two with double bed, fireplace, air-conditioning and bathroom

Upper Ground Floor (via partially open-sided stairs)
- Bedroom Three with double bed, fireplace, air-conditioning and bathroom
- Bedroom Four with double bed, fireplace, air-conditioning, sauna and bathroom
- Bedroom Five with double bed and air-conditioning
- Bedroom Six with double bed and air-conditioning
- Bathroom (shared between bedrooms five and six)
- Reading area with design lounger

Outside Grounds

- Swimming pool ("L" shaped, 10x10m, depth: 0.9-2.5m), open approximately from May to October
- Pool bar with swim-up bar
- Poolside terrace with sunloungers
- Al-fresco dining area
- Roof terrace
- Underground grotto (50m deep)
- Woodlands
- Rock gardens
- Fenced grounds
- Parking


- Wi-Fi
- Air-conditioning in the bedrooms only
- Heating
- Working fireplaces
- Smart TVs (Infinity Italia)
- Indoor-rain waterfall
- Sauna
- Wine cellar
- Integrated CCTV security
- Washing machine
- Ironing facilities


About the surrounding area of Villa Diadema
Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Scuba Diving Boat Trips
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In an elevated position, set in wonderful grounds including private woodland, Villa Diadema is only a 2km drive from the town of Ceglie Messapica located in the northern part of Salento, Puglia. The beautiful Adriatic sea is just a 20-minute drive away whilst the Ionian coastline can also be easily reached in around 45 minutes by car.

The nearest restaurant is just a walk away where they serve excellent Italian cuisine as well as offering catering and exceptional cooking classes. A Michelin starred chef can also be booked to cook for you in the villa with ample advance notice. The restaurant is usually open every evening as well as Sunday lunchtime and you'll need to book ahead.

The local town, Ceglie Messapica, has a great reputation for fine Puglian cuisine with a number of highly regarded restaurants including the highly regarded “Al Fornello da Ricci” with a Michelin star. You'll also find delightful shops selling wonderful local produce as well as food and drink festivities throughout the year. The white-washed town has a beautiful historic centre dating back to medieval times where you can explore the narrow lanes, discover old churches and admire the town’s handsome castle. There's a relaxed and authentic ambience across Ceglie Messapica with less tourists than some of the more famous villages and towns in the region.

The stunning Adriatic coastline is only 20km away where you will find crystal clear waters, rocky ledges, sandy bays and some idyllic beachside summer restaurants and bars. There are some wonderful coastal walks as well as pretty seaside resorts and impressive lidos. Hire bikes and explore the nature reserve at Torre Guaceto with its sand dunes, lagoons and utter beauty.

The Ionian side of Salento also offers magnificent beaches and incredible scenery such as Campomarino, one of Puglia’s most scenic beaches with fine white sand and turquoise waters. It’s also near protected areas such as the Dune di Campomarino and the forests of Pineta d'Ayala.

This region is home to some of Puglia’s most enchanting towns. Start off in the hilltop town of Ostuni with yet more excellent restaurants, historic architecture and amazing views from the labyrinth of narrow lanes.

Picturesque Martina Franca is also full of charm, en route to the famous town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can visit many of the impressive trulli that this region is so well-known for.

Cisternino is another characterful place to visit, known to be one of Italy’s most beautiful towns with magical views down to the Valle d’Itria whilst Locorotondo is worthy of a visit due to its fascinating architecture and lovely wines.  

Other highlights of this area include its many caves, both inland and along the coast including the Grotte di Montevicoli just a short drive away as well as the interesting history of the area which can be seen at Scavi D'Egnazia with its wonderful excavations.

Activities include horse-riding, a variety of watersports along both the Adriatic and Ionian coasts, tennis, mountain biking and golf within a short drive. Not to mention both olive oil and wine-tasting across this spectacular part of Puglia.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Brindisi


Nearest Airport 2 Bari


Nearest Train Station Ceglie Messapica


Nearest Village Ceglie Messapica


Nearest Restaurant


Nearest Supermarket Ceglie Messapica


Nearest Beach Torre Pozzelle


Nearest Town/City Ostuni/Brindisi


Nearest Tennis Ceglie Messapica


Nearest Golf San Domenico Golf



There’s a reason Puglia is the region of the moment, or rather several: the excellent food, exuberant architecture dotted in the South, the breathtaking coastline and heaps more. Puglia is much bigger than you might first expect, but you’ll get both a wonderful and varied Italian experience here.Use our travel guide as a nifty sidekick (think of us like the Robin to your Batman) to help you plan the holiday of a lifetime. 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

This part of southern Italy will delight the kids with all sorts of activities and you can be sure of a warm welcome by the locals.

Spend time exploring the local town, Ceglie Messapica, where you can discover medieval treasures and delightful cafes and shops selling all sorts of sweet treats and gelato. Other towns that families will love include Alberobello with its magical trulli and the fascinating architectural heritage in Ostuni, Cisternino and Locorotondo.

Within a short drive you will also find horse-riding, great cycling trails and of course the beaches! The Adriatic coast is around 20km away, great for swimming and snorkelling from the rocky ledges, find a sandy bay where you can paddle in the crystal clear sea or a lido for a day chilling out in the sun. You’ll find a range of watersports along the coastline and lovely walks and cycle paths at the nature reserve in nearby Torre Guaceto.

The Ionian coast can also be reached within an hour with stretches of beach such as Campomarino with its white sands and gently shelving sea.

There are also many caves to visit, including the nearby Grotte di Montevicoli and so many interesting historical sights such as the excavations at Scavi D'Egnazia.

For something a little different, spend the day at Zoosafari in Fasano, around 30km away or discover all sorts of tree-top activities, archery and climbing at Ciuchino Birichino Adventure Park, a 20-minute drive away. There are also waterparks across the region for those that love large swimming pools, tubes and slides.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Meal delivery service


Oliver's Extras

  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Meal delivery service

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Catering and/or private chef from nearby restaurant
- Cookery lessons at nearby restaurant

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Event information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €500 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time From 4 pm.
Departure time By 10 am.
Energy costs included? Up to 300kWh, extra paid locally on consumption.
Linen & towels included? Yes, changed weekly.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Changeover day Saturday and Sunday.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Minimum stay 6 nights.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection included.
Pool towels included? Yes, changed weekly.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to October. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Other Ts and Cs Air-conditioning is featured in the bedrooms only.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 25th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 £4,413
Oct 2nd 2021 - Apr 23rd 2022 £3,922
Apr 23rd 2022 - May 21st 2022 £3,922
May 21st 2022 - Jun 18th 2022 £4,903
Jun 18th 2022 - Jul 9th 2022 £5,638
Jul 9th 2022 - Aug 20th 2022 £6,864
Aug 20th 2022 - Sep 10th 2022 £5,148
Sep 10th 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 £4,413
Oct 1st 2022 - Mar 29th 2023 £3,922

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 25th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 €4,838
Oct 2nd 2021 - Apr 23rd 2022 €4,300
Apr 23rd 2022 - May 21st 2022 €4,300
May 21st 2022 - Jun 18th 2022 €5,375
Jun 18th 2022 - Jul 9th 2022 €6,182
Jul 9th 2022 - Aug 20th 2022 €7,525
Aug 20th 2022 - Sep 10th 2022 €5,644
Sep 10th 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 €4,838
Oct 1st 2022 - Mar 29th 2023 €4,300

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 25th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 $5,670
Oct 2nd 2021 - Apr 23rd 2022 $5,040
Apr 23rd 2022 - May 21st 2022 $5,040
May 21st 2022 - Jun 18th 2022 $6,300
Jun 18th 2022 - Jul 9th 2022 $7,245
Jul 9th 2022 - Aug 20th 2022 $8,820
Aug 20th 2022 - Sep 10th 2022 $6,615
Sep 10th 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 $5,670
Oct 1st 2022 - Mar 29th 2023 $5,040

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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