Puglia, the heel of italy’s boot, lies between two seas with the adriatic to the east and the ionian to the south. This strategic position, combined with over 800 kilometers of beautiful coastline, has shaped the region’s history and development. Puglia is known as the natural Italian gate to the east of the Mediterranean area. Puglia is a land of ancient history and civilizations, archaeological roman and Greek ruins lie here alongside masterpieces of medieval architecture, such as castles and noble palaces, historic quarters and baroque architecture. the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Puglia, Frederick of Hohenstaufen’s mysterious Castel del Monte, the unique trulli of Alberobello and the mystical Lombard Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo hold centuries of history and culture, stunning beauty, spirituality and priceless emotions.
A landscape of green rolling hills showcases small historical towns surrounded by lush green olive groves and vineyards. Little harbors alternate with fortresses and lighthouses along miles of coastline of white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. The magical atmosphere of our land has inspired many international film producers. Visitors are enthralled by the charming countless events and summer festivals many of which take place under the starry Puglia Sky. Puglia is a region that combines ancient traditions with modern lifestyle. Glamorous fashion shops are along the main streets of each town while restaurants offer the best traditional local cuisine. Stores display food products from inland and seaside regional areas, providing customers with aromas and flavors of the best food and wines.
The warm hospitality of the people from Puglia makes travelers feel at home. The people, known as the Pugliesi, welcome tourists with a friendly smile and a warm heart, calmly providing their assistance to anyone who needs it. The ancient stones of farmhouses converted into beautiful hotels, the crystal sea, the cities of art and the gastronomic excellence of Puglia have won the hearts of international stars. Puglia is becoming increasingly fashionable, even cosmopolitan. It can be easily reached from the european capitals, thanks to direct flights to Bari and Brindisi. It has become a favorite destination of international elite travelers. The quality of life in Puglia is fantastic and there’s something to do all year round.
One will either book a villa at 5* Borgo Egnazia Hotel & Spa or in one of the typical houses called Trullo or in the magnificent villa Masseria Matera.
King Maximilian II of Bavaria enriched the existing Wittelsbach parks on Lake Starnberg with two masterpieces of garden design: Feldafing Park (from 1850) and Rose Island, created in 1854. On the former fishermen's island of Wörth, the garden designer Peter Joseph Lenné created a fragrant rose paradise which was later to become one of Ludwig II's favourite places. Among the guests he entertained here were Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the Russian Tsarina Maria Alexandrovna and Richard Wagner.
Feldafing Park, which was laid out by the court garden director Carl von Effner opposite Rose Island, is popular for its splendid views of the countryside framed by old oaks and beeches, with Lake Starnberg and the Alps in the background. Plans for a summer palace on a hill in the park were abandoned with the early death of Maximilian II in March 1864.
Rose blossom on Rose Island Usually the first blossom begins around mid-June, the second around mid-August, each lasting for about 4 weeks. Depending on the climate the roses may bloom (even weeks) earlier or later.
Monument under water The remains of prehistoric pile dwellings on the bottom of Lake Starnberg by Rose Island have been included on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list.
In June 2011, over 100 selected archaeological sites in several countries were declared cultural heritage under the heading of "Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps". They provide researchers with unique insights into the ancient world of farming, everyday life, agriculture, animal breeding and technical innovations. The pile dwelling sites in Lake Starnberg, together with other remains of settlements, represent an archaeological heritage which dates back to 5000 BC.
For further information about the pile dwellings in Bavaria, please contact the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments (Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege). Clients of Domizile Reisen can now rent a holiday villa very close to Rose Island. Parkvilla Tutzing can be rented as one villa to accommodate up to 9 persons or it can be separated in 3 unique suites of different size. Rose island is only some 4 kilometers away and you can reach it by bike within 15 minutes along the beautiful trail on the lakeshore. You will have stunning views of the lake and the Alps behind.
Just a few days ago, we have relaunched our website with some unique features, which make using our website even more comfortable.
As of now, you can quote the rental rate without filling in the booking form. The pre selection of holiday villas has become more precise and you will now be able to view videos of single villas. Step by step, they will be added to each of our rental villas. Click here or here so view some samples.
In addition, we have created an introduction video, which you can find here. Enjoy!