Casa delle Culture

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Welcome to my land, cozy, hospitable and amazing… especially on holidays

Valley of Itria

Enchanting Valley of Itria, a quiet land that stretches with valleys and hills from the Ionian Sea to the Adriatic Sea.

The valley is a land full of history and flavors with landscapes rich with vibrant colors dotted here and there with trullos, masserie (large farms), and with white-stoned villages where time has stopped.

Land between two seas, land of light and of intermingling of peoples. All year round, Apulia offers to sea and nature lovers bike rides and hikes:

  • In parks: Altamura National Park, Porto Selvaggio Park, Cesine Park
  • In centuries-old olive groves
  • In the Mediterranean maquis, through pine forests and lake areas: Torre Guaceto, Alimini Lakes, along dry stone walls and among fragrant vineyards
  • From sea to sea, from the Adriatic to the Ionian, sea lovers will experience dream beaches and coves

Valley of Itria is Culture. The magnificent baroque city of Martina Franca, a medieval town. For foodies Ceglie Messapica boasts the title of gastronomic capital of the region. It offers excellent local farmers’ produce and great restaurants. Not to be missed is the fairy-tale Alberobello well known in the world for its trullos as well as for being Unesco Heritage site. Locorotondo and Cisternino deserve a longer visit to admire their panoramas, to discover all the things in and around their historical downtown, and to try irresistible local delicacies.

Accomodation

In Cisternino (APULIA)

Accommodation is available from September to July (except August and December)

Students, who wish to, can stay in the guest house adjacent to the family’s trullos which consist of three cones and a stone house.

The wide garden, surrounded by dry stone walls typical to the area, provides fun, beauty, and relaxing, shady corners during the daytime and thrilling colors to enjoy and share with loved ones at night

The guest house, with private entrance adjacent to our trullos, faces directly the patio with pergola.

The guest house has a welcoming, comfortable, and well-lit master bedroom with a private bathroom/shower.

An additional small room with a tiny library (where you can read about Italian literature, art, history and discover tours and flavors of Apulia) functions as a relaxation area. If you are a sea lover, unique beaches and coves are reachable by car in only 20 minutes!

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In Norman (OKLAHOMA)

Students, who wish to, can stay at Casa delle Culture at Cinzia’s, the teacher’s home, in a comfortable home surrounded by greenery in an historical neighborhood just a short walk (10 minutes) from the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman (Oklahoma).

The guest bedroom is large, full of light and equipped with TV, internet connections, Internet WIFI for free.

For both Cisternino and Norman, accommodation is available starting Saturday before the beginning of the course. Check out is at 11.00 A.M. on Saturday after the end of the course.

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Vacation house

You want to enjoy Puglia without the commitment to follow language courses…

If you love Slow Travel and you cultivate your passion to travel and to stop in an “oasis” of tranquility, take a short winter or summer break in our beloved trullos and you will feel at home!

A few kilometers away from our trullos are Cisternino, Locorotondo, Alberobello, Martina Franca, Ceglie Messapica, Ostuni, places you will fall in love with, embrace, and treasure forever.

Countryside full of history, flavors, and genuine pleasures surround these old, lovely villages.

Trulli of Casa delle culture

Casa delle Culture is a house my family and I deeply love. It consists of three old cones and a stone house, renovated according to Unesco guidelines, with interior and exterior stone walls and floors in original chianca.

The large garden around the house is surrounded by dry stone walls typical to this area.

Depending on the season, the orchard in the garden will provide figs, cherries, apples, pears, arbutuses, nuts, hazelnuts, and pistachios.

Beyond the garden stone walls stretches the farmland with its red soil, a beautiful expanse of olive trees, and oaks where Mediterranean colors and fragrance pervade the land.

Detailed description

Trulli & Guest house: (Max 8 persons).

The Trulli (max 5 persons): 2 Queen bedrooms, 1 single bed in the “Alcove”; 2 bathrooms/showers.

Guest house (2 persons +1 child): 1 Queen bedroom. On request a third bed is available. 1 private bathroom/shower.

The three cones are arranged in a row. Each cone has a cozy and welcoming living room with a sofa, a dining room and, on the left, an adorable brick kitchen, the heart of the house.

The third cone has an additional space, the “Alcove”. It is a somewhat special space, an intimate area but nonetheless welcoming to guests.

On the left and on the right of the first cone there are two spacious and cool bedrooms with a bathroom in one of them. Looking up towards the ceiling of the bedroom, you will be astonished by the beauty of its barrel vault.

The chianca floors and the trullos thick walls with their original stone create an ambience of great beauty and provide a place of relaxation and privacy for both body and mind.

The stone guest house, with a private entrance, is adjacent to the trullos and directly faces the patio with pergola. The guest house has a welcoming, comfortable, well-lit master bedroom, a private bathroom with a shower, and an additional small room with a tiny library where guests can relax while reading about Italian literature, art, history and discover tours and flavors of Apulia.

If you are a sea lover, unique beaches and coves are reachable by car in 20 minutes!

Areas open to Guests: garden, outdoor patio with pergola, ancient brick oven, solarium-terrace with trullo saraceno, orchard.

Free Services: TV, internet, Inside parking and bikes.

Activities available in the area: Cooking Courses, Fresh Pasta Making, Gourmets Tour, Yoga, Horse Healing, Pet Therapy “Oasi a 4 zampe”

Rules of the house

We hope you will enjoy the beauty of our trullos and of their surrondings while respecting the ecosystem.

  • We kindly ask you to use only the organic cleaning products provided and suggested
  • Water in Apulia is a rare and precious resource. Please don’t waste it!
  • No smoking is allowed inside the trullos and in the guest house
  • Celebrations, parties, and events are not allowed
  • Pets are allowed (a fenced pet boarding area is available in the garden)

Check in/ Check out

Check in on Saturday starting from 4:00 up to 9:00 PM

Check out on Saturday within 11:00 AM.

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Where we are

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Design by Stefano Slomma