I lived at the Hotel Villaggio Porto Giardino in Capitolo, Italy for about 110 days in spring & summer 1999. This is a modest, but friendly, hotel along the beautiful & rocky Adriatic coast.
Besides the beach, other attractions make this hotel a nice location. Within walking distance there are several dance clubs, 10-15 restaurants, Roman ruins, and nice walking/running trails.
The hotel has an average restaurant, two swimming pools with a well stocked bar (just avoid the Amaro Lucano!), cappuccino bar, picnic area, a few acres of walking trails, and a conference area. Prices range from 45 Euros to 115 Euros depending on the season and room location. The nicest & largest rooms are in the hotel, while the "villagio" area is more like condos or apartments, with four or more multi-room suites to a building, each suite with its own private entrance. There are about 15-20 hotel rooms and at least 200 villagio suites.
Directions: Capitolo is 45 km south of Bari along the coast. There are small regional airports at Bari and Brindisi (to the south).
Contrada Lamandia 16/A, Monopoli
Contrada Losciale, loc. Capitolo, directly on the Adriatic, Monopoli
Masseria Torricella Contrada Toricelli, Monopoli
Contrada Lamandia 56, Capitolo di Monopoli, Monopoli