Hotel Cala Corvino

Viale Aldo Moro, 4, Monopoli, 70043, Italy

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    Cala Corvino


    Cala Corvino is situated on the northern outskirts of the small town Monòpoli (4km from the center). Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, all apartments in this modern development have large balconies or sun terraces. Actually, there two resorts in this complex on the shore of the Corvino Bay: Hotel Villaggio Cala Corvino (northern part, towards Bari) and Cala Corvino Club II (southern part, towards Monòpoli). The resorts have been affiliated with the RCI since 1990. Between these two resorts visitors will find six domes which host administrative personal and the restaurant. You will find the reception and all you need inside the big dome – here you check in, check out (you can do it a night before if you plan to leave early). The reception open 24x7 but the night shift does not speak English. The resort was the only place where we could see the American flag waiving (no Canadian though).

    The beautiful Adriatic Coast and magnificent climate combine with a host of local attractions and sporting activities can make Cala Corvino a delightful vacation destination. Unfortunately, the last week of May when we stayed was rainy and cold. Entertainment program starts in June, do not expect much activities in May.
    Other amenities include swimming pool, open-air restaurant, small open-air theatre and access to the beach which is approximately 200m away.

    Unique Quality: Our 2 bedroom unit could allow to sleep up 6 people. We had double bed in the master bedroom, sofa bed and bunk bed in the second bedroom, partial kitchen and two shower rooms, including a toilet and washbasin. Yes. Our unit had a telephone and television with Italian channels only.

    There is a big supermarket called ?Sisa? or ?C7? , 800m from the resort towards the town, open Mon Sat 9 ? 8PM (in theory, it suppose to be open on Sun 9 ? noon). Even closer, 300m or so is the Sam?s Club like store called Cash and Carry (it sells everything in bulk but if you ask politely they will sell you small quantity). The local bus links the area with downtown (the resort is the last stop on the route). The bus runs Mon ? Sat every hour and costs 0.80 Euro one way. There is a shuttle service on request (for a charge) from the resort to Bari airport and train station (it is much less expensive than the local taxi). The resort offers some excursions; you can bring you own ideas and the staff will do their best to help.

    The resort area is in excellent condition, the staff is friendly and eager to help. Bear in mind though that the residence located on the outskirts of the town, with industrial zone to the south and east and potato fields to the north. Every other day or so you can smell something strange ? the factory nearby processes olive oil, the locals explain. In conclusion, the area is inexpensive (food, wine and clothes) and offers several interesting sightings.

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Masseria Fortificata Spina

by Tolik

One of the discoveries we?ve made in Apulia, was the masseria. It is typical feature of the Apulian countryside but you will not find the masserie anywhere else in Italy.
The masseria, half farmhouse ? half castle, was the way to survive in the medieval Apulia. A masseria appears basically as a sort of self-sufficient citadel with defensive means, built close to a subterranean cave.

One such complex, Masseria Fortificata Spina , is a mile or so from the Cala Corvino Residence, you will see its sign at Via Aldo Moro, main street of the area. Follow the sign, and turn on back alley called Cda Spina, which brings you to the entrance (300m). Outside the masseria looks like a small castle. The Masseria Fortificata Spina is arranged around a large 14th century courtyard, a wing of the building was occupied by the owner, the other parts served as farming facilities ? you will see the tools everywhere. From the second courtyard magnificent outer staircase leads to the second floor with loggia (16th century). At the bottom of the staircase there is a lovely decorated well.

Adjusted to the main building is a 19th century chapel decorated with sculptures. Behind the chapel is the third courtyard, actually graveyard with traces of old graves. On the corner you will find entrance to the underground vault.

When you finished exploring the first complex, exit the fortress and walk around it northwards. Wide path running along the fortifications brings you to the stone bridge. On the left you see old garden with the fruit trees and ahead, beyond the bridge ? entrance to the underground caves covered with frescoes.

The caves are the oldest part of the masseria and date back to the 9th century. In the recent times, the caves were used as warehouse to process and store olive oil.

Monopoli in May

by Tolik

In May 2004 we spent a week in the seaside resort Cala Corvino in Southern Italy. The resort was built fifteen years ago on the outskirts of the small town Monòpoli.
The region of Puglia, where Monopoli locates, forms the south-east part of the Italian peninsula, on the Adriatic and Ionic Seas. The climate here is entirely Mediterranean, with mild wet winters and hot dry ventilated summers. They say that the precipitations, falling mainly in winter, are somewhat scarce, with a minimum of only 400 mm/year. Guess what – it was not the case during our visit. The last week of May was rainy and cold.

Why Puglia?

Puglia or Apulia, as it is called in English, offers several interesting cathedrals dating back to the 10th century, the masserie, the trulli, several deserted Greek and Roman ruins, a chain of lively fishing villages, a few medieval hilltowns, and some of the very cleanest beaches and water in the Mediterranean.

Apulia produces one-tenth of the wine drunk in Europe; its olive oil is renowned. They perfectly complement the super-fresh seafood and vegetables. If you have already toured the northern part of Italy and are looking for something equally fascinating, completely different and much less crowded, this is a wonderful area to consider.


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