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Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Apulia. Learn to cook authentic Italian dishes, having fun and making friends for life, all while staying in our spectacular Resort Giardino degli Ulivi, surrounded by the quietness and beauty of over 10 hectares of luxuriant olive grove. For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by delicious wines to compliment the dishes. We introduce you each evening to different red and white wines from different regions of Italy. The program allows you enough time to relax and enjoy the surroundings or to do some sightseeing in the area. A full-day excursion is included.
The rooms, located in two villas on the ground floor, are furnished in a accurate and plain style. The rooms are located among the olive trees, far from the core of the hotel and from the restaurant, because they want to offer quietness, privacy and tranquility to their guests. The solid walnut furniture is treated with ecologic paint in order to respect the surrounding nature. The sporting center includes a semi-Olympic swimming pool, a swimming pool for children, a football pitch, a fitness track equipped with 22 stations and a playground for children.
The Giardino degli Ulivi is located at the foot of the promontory of Gargano, 2 kilometres off the marvellous beaches of Margherita di Savoia, which is a very estimated tourist and thermal centre. Here you can visit one of the biggest salt works of Europe. Its geographical position, in the heart of Imperial Apulia, makes Margherita di Savoia a perfect place for excursions both to the north and south of the region.
Anyone can enjoy our resort, but our facilities are particularly suitable for those who look for nature, quietness and comfort. The location of the rooms, set away from the core of the hotel, offers privacy and silence in order to enjoy the deep contact with nature, in which you can immerse yourself. At the same time, you can find moments of culture, history and nature in the surrounding areas, visiting a lot of tourist attractions.
The breakfast hall and the restaurant surrounded by age-old olive trees will welcome you for your meals. Here you can taste examples of the typical and regional cuisine, as the traditional orecchiette, the mousse of broad beans and chicory, or lampascioni, or the tasty burrata. The restaurant is surrounded by the vegetation of olive trees and its location allows you to admire the beautiful landscape of Castel del Monte. Outside the restaurant there is a external porch where you can taste typical regional food.
Battle of Barletta: The cellar of the disfida of Barletta inside a building which, according to the historical sources, was the seat of the Grand Captain of the Spanish troops in Italy, don Consalvo Fernandez from Cordoba , is a very suggestive place. Here the visitor, supported by his/her fantasy and by the knowledge of historical events, can experience the moment of the offence and the heroic deeds of Ettore Fieramosca.
Canne della battaglia (Canne of the Battle): Canne (in Latin language Cannae) was an antique city of Apulia and stood 54 kilometers on a rise on the right shore of the river Ofanto, 9 kilometers far from the sea. The place which is celebrated for the famous battle of Canne, is today called Canne della battaglia. Here, you can find archaeological remains of great importance. In the surroundings the rests of an Appulo village (and a menhir among them) and a necropolis has been found.
Castle of Bari: The Svevian castle of Bari is perfectly inserted in the city habitat, with the north side facing the sea. It was built around 1131 as a wish of Ruggiero the Norman. The castle, which substantially keeps the antique splendor, is presently the seat of the Bureau of historical and artistic monuments of Apulia.
Castle of Barletta: It was probably built in the Norman period and appears for the first time in a document of 1202. The Frederician presence is witnessed by a the part set on the south side with two windows in whose lunettes an imperial eagle is sculptured. This eagle clenches a hare in his claws, this being a recurrent motif of the Svevian iconographic repertoire.
Castle of Trani: It was founded by Frederic II of Svevia in 1230 and was ended in 1233. We are told that it was the favourite dwelling of Manfredi, Frederics son, who celebrated his second wedding with Elena of Epirus. The castle then underwent further building with the Angevins under the direction of Pierre of Angicourt. The wide moat was once directly in contact with the sea, while the drawbridge (now substituted by a stone bridge) was linked to the front square.
Cathedral of Trani: The cathedral of Trani, which is consecrated to Saint Nicolas the pilgrim, is the queen of the churches in Apulia. The closeness to the sea, in which it reflects, the severe and light air, the luminous stone, which gives light to the architectural structure, make this worship place one of the most requested destination of the tours of Italy.
Castel del Monte (the castle of the mountain): Castel del monte is undoubtedly one of the wonders existing in the world and is located in the lands of Bari. It represents a factual evidence of what happened and was carried out by our beloved Emperor Frederic II in the Middle Ages.
Castellana Grotte (caves): The Karstic formation of Castellana caves is among the widest and, undoubtedly, the most suggestive and marvelous in Italy. A scenery of unrivaled beauty, a supreme presence of nature which has been taken advantage of and improved by humans. Castellana is reasonably considered the door through which you can admire the treasures Apulia preserves.
Forestra Umbra (the dark forest): In the marvelous Gargano land you can dreamily enjoy typical mountainous landscapes, where columnar beeches and Turkey oaks enliven the huge Foresta Umbra, heart of the National Park of Gargano. Its historical medieval centers are picturesque and suggestive: they are also full of castles and old monasteries.
Gargano and Tremiti Isles: 12 miles off the Gargano promontory Tremiti isles lay. Because of their enchanting and uncontaminated beauty, the are known as the Adriatic Pearls. The crystal clear waters of Tremiti attract thousands tourists every year. The isle of San Nicola is the historical, religious and administrative center of the archipelago; a museum in the open air.
Ipogei, archeological site, Trinitapoli: Two hypogea are parts of the archaeological site in Trinitapoli: the hypogeum of bronze artifacts and the hypogeum of the ivory artifacts. The hypogeum is an important structure dug in the chalky rock to celebrate suggestive propitiatory rituals, possibly linked to hunting and fertility of the harvest, and later used as a place for communal burials.
Materas Rocks: I sassi di Matera. Old dwellings carved in the rocks characterize the city of Matera. Their view takes you back in time to that rural life far from the present comforts. A characteristic scenery in which the rocks seem to lean on each other. This exceptional sight, which is the only one of its kind in the world, urged Unesco to put the Rocks under its protection.
Safari zoo Fasano and amusement park Fasanolandia: The safari zoo of Fasano (Brindisi) is the biggest fauna Park in Italy and boasts a huge number af species from all the continents. It stretches on a land of nearly 140 hectares, being mostly Mediterranean scrub, and it can be visited partly using your own car (safari), and partly on foot (fauna pedestrian track and amusement park Fasanolandia).
Sea: Dive into one Apulia Sea! It is what you need to refresh your body and spirit from the stressful life of every day routine. This area of Apulia doe not need to be promoted: daughter of an age-hold custom, it acts as a background for the multitude of little resorts plunged in the nature and spirit of old times. You will be able to immerse yourself into the crystal water of Apulia.
Saltworks and wetland, Trinitapoli: The area including the Salt Works of Margherita di Savoia and the Wet Land, which originally was a big fleet of brackish water called Salpi Lake, today reaches the extension of 4.000 hectares. In particular, the Salk Works have become the first in Europe as for the production of salt.
Saint Pio from Petralcina and San Giovanni Rotondo: An inseparabile binomi. San Giovanni Rotondo stands on the montain, on the same place of one of the track leading the the Grotta dellArchangelo Michele (Cave of the Archangel Michele).
Enjoy thermal baths at Margherita di Savoia, 2 kilometers far from our resort. It is one of the most complete and known thermal baths center of the south of Italy. This thermal center offers the best you could wish as for the most different and widest aesthetical and thermal treatments. In the thermal center only natural mud is used and it is never recycled, thanks to the wide extension of the salt works which represent an inexhaustible source of medical mud.
The thermal waters, which are Pathogenic fauna free and considered bacteriologically pure, are rich of a typical micro-fauna and micro-flora, which give water that characteristic reddish color. The mud is produced through the more than ten-year long contact with the mother waters and it is mineralized by the settling of the salt of the same water.
The closest airport is Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI).
Arrive at Barletta train station and get a bus to Margherita di Savoia to Trinitapoli train station.