Palazzo Bacile di Castiglione

"The Baron and his family went out of their way to make our stay memorable, treating us like old friends and showing us what southern hospitality is all about.

All in all, an amazing place with amazingly nice people, and a holiday that my friends and I all hope to repeat."

The Palazzo

The 16th century palazzo has been inhabited by the Bacile di Castiglione family for nearly five centuries. Originally it was a castle which at a later date was transformed into a habitation.

The old fortifications, of medieval origins, were incorporated into the palazzo and it became a residential home by the beginning of the 17th century.

A second floor was built in the second half of the 19th century by Baron Filippo Bacile di Castiglione who needed to accommodate his 14 children.

Filippo later constructed the local railway line which today still connects Spongano with Lecce.

Until 1999 the palazzo was inhabited by Baron Fabio Bacile di Castiglione, the son of Giovanni, one of Filippo's 14 children.

Now Fabio's 6 children live at Spongano mainly during the summer months and his eldest grandson lives there, with his family, all year round.