The charm and elegance of an Italian villa. The gentle way of life in Apulia. Dolce vita and art de vivre. Welcome to Nicola Dinoi’s relais.
“I have always loved the idea of hosting our guests and introducing them to the gentle way of life in our residence.”
An elegant and romantic Italian villa built in the 20th century. The idyllic setting of Salento... This is where Nicola welcomes you. In the heart of Apulia, not far from Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South’. “I offer a timeless sensory journey, in touch with the nature of Salento,” explains Nicola. Dimora Del Duca, The Originals Relais, a peace haven devoted to the Italian art de vivre has just three rooms and one suite. With sophistication and elegance Nicola has ensured that every detail is in place to make your stay memorable. A beautiful swimming pool and large grounds will help you to switch off and relax while making the most of the excellent hospitality offered in this relais in the heart of Apulia
“Our rooms are an example of charm, elegance and sophistication,” explains Nicola. The same goes for the suite which combines prestigious local craftsmanship with very high quality materials: “I wanted to create a magical atmosphere,” adds the owner. The rooms and furniture are in the typical colours of Salento. The harmony in this villa between tradition and modernity with the shades and materials is a source of serenity and wellbeing.
- Non smoking room
- Air-conditioned room
“In the mornings we will spoil you with our generous breakfast,” promises Nicola. On the menu: freshly cooked brioches and tarts, biscuits and cereals, seasonal fruit, fruit juice, locally made jams, all served with the best Italian coffee. You can also try different varieties of mozzarella and burrata.
Just a few minutes from the Relais you will find Salento’s most beautiful beaches with the crystal waters of the Ionian or Adriatic seas. And also Lecce, the baroque city known as the ‘Florence of the South’.
Very close to the hotel is Lecce, a city nestled in the heel of Italy’s boot, often referred to as the ‘Florence of the South’. The baroque splendour of this old garrison city is remarkable just like Santa Croce basilica. The city’s historic centre is home to a number of astounding palaces and churches. Don’t miss Santa Croce basilica which represents the baroque style in Lecce. And take a walk along the Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by baroque buildings and preceded by Propylaea in front of Via Vittorio Emanuele II. Among other things there you can admire the bell tower of Giuseppe Zimbalo.
GALLIPOLIGallipoli is a delightful little port on the Ionian Sea, one of Salento’s gems. There stands a 16th-century castle with its large keep. The historic centre of the city is on an island around Sant-Agata cathedral. The Frantoio Ipogeo (cellars of Granafei Palace) tell the history of the olive oil production that made Gallipoli rich. Opposite this, the Museo Civico exhibits a collection of miscellaneous items (insects, minerals, whale bones, etc.). Finally, along the Riviera, the interior of the Church of Purity is adorned with luxurious stucco.
ALBEROBELLOA bit further from the hotel, near to Bari, Alberobello is famous for its trulli district of houses with cone-shaped roofs. The village is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through Rione Monti, the touristic area of Alberobello where Sant’ Antonio church stands. The Rione Aia Piccola district, where the village elders live, includes the Trullo Sovrano, the only trullo with two levels.
What our customers say
Absolutely georgeous place and nearby Lecce. Staff made us feel very welcome. Breakfast was great. Rooms very luxurious. Will come back.
everything is right at this accommodation. top host. top breakfast, top location .. 10 plus for everything. a gift to stay here
"Lovely tranquil stay with welcoming hosts"
Nicola and his wife welcomed us and made us feel at home right away. They’ve done a wonderful job creating a beautiful bed & breakfast place. The rooms are individual with quality linens and period features preserved. Being away from the road it was very peaceful at night. Nicola gave us some excellent recommendations for dinner. Breakfasts were like a feast with a different local specialty each day.
We had a wonderful time. The room was beautiful and the service was very good with a friendly host and personnel.