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7 bedroom castle for sale

Italy - Apulia, Brindisi, Oria

Guide Price €900,000

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Key features:

  • PART of the FREDRIC II castle anno 1250
  • A most OUTSTANDING inner garden
  • Colonnade, spring well and citrus orchard
  • Priviliged position in the old town
  • Terraces with breath-taking views
  • Grand palatial style of living
  • Self contained 3 bedroom apartment
  • Possible to create additional accommodation

Full description:

Introduction to MILIZIA's' PALAZZIO

The occation has now arrived; FIRST TIME EVER ON THE OPEN MARKET

The MILIZIA's PALACE is over 500 sq. m and accommodation on two floors and an absolute astonishing palatial garden which brings you back to early medieval times.

Accommodation comprises 7 bedrooms in the old grand style and the palace has a self-contained 3 bedroom apartment on 150 sq m for visiting guests.
Located in historical Centro Storico and connected to the Castle with westerly evening sun and 30 minutes to Brindisi international airport and located between the two magical Seas- The Ioanian Sea and the Adriatic Sea - this Palace has the perfect location.


Pepe Milizia's Palazzio located in Oria and part of the Fredirc II caste buildings is the birthplace of Francesco Milizia. he was born in Oria, 15 November 1725 and died in Rome, 7 March 1798, a renowned architecture theorist, art and historian critic of Italian Neoclassicism.
Signore Pepe Milizia is remembered as the first polygraph of Neoclassicism. His primary field was architecture, which he dedicated many different historical and theoretical publications; that's why he is mainly considered as a principal architect. However, it could be said he was better an expert of architecture than as an architect. He wanted to emulate Grecian art masterpieces, because Greeks were inspired by nature and a not-yet-corrupted society, this sated 300 years ago!
With a healthy dose of pragmatism, he criticized stylistic abuses supporting the progressive simplification of style, typical of Neoclassicism; this is the case, for example, of the sacristy of St. Peter's Church in the Vatican, which was commissioned to Carlo Marchionni in 1776 and that Milizia himself described as the most sumptuous and "the most unreasonable of the globe".
In 1761 Milizia moved to Rome with the aim of administering the properties of the King of Naples. He held this position for a quarter of a century until 1786, after this date he dedicated his time to historical and theoretical studies of art and architecture.

More about the famous noble man:
Milizia, Francesco

Date born: 1725

Place Born: Oria, near Otranto, Kingdom of Naples (modern Apulia), Italy

Date died: 1798

Place died: Rome, Italy

Italian art- and archtiectural historian, theorist and biographer; articulated the 18th-century sentiment against the Baroque. Milizia stemmed from an ancient noble family. When he was nine years old he was placed in the charge of his maternal uncle, a physician and university professor in Padua where Milizia became fascinated by science and technology. At sixteenth he ran away to Rome to live with his father. His father sent him to Naples to study physics, math, science and philosophy with the writer Antonio Genovesi (1713-1769). Milizia took further studies in France, returning to Italy and in 1750 where he married a wealthy woman from Gallipoli. In 1761 he returned to Rome, joining the circle of art literatti which included the Spanish diplomatist and art collector Don Jos Nicholas De Azara (1731-1804), the German painter Anton Raphael Mengs, and the first modern art historian, Johann Joachim Winckelmann (q.v.). He received the appointment of Superintendent of the Farnese Buldings in the Papal See from King Ferdinand IV of Naples. By 1768 Milizia, in cooperation with Azara, Mengs and Winckelmann, annonymously published the first of a series of influential theoretical books, a biographical dictionary of architects, Le Vite di pi celebri architetti d'ogni nazione e d'ogni tempo. The book is preceded by an essay on architecture wherein he outlines his principles. He followed this with a work of drama theory, Del Teatro in 1772. He resigned his appointment in 1780 to devote himself to writing. His most important work appeared the following year as the Principj di architettura civile. In it, he theorized what he considered the rational principles of architecture. Milizia's interest remained in fine arts theory however. His Dell'arte di vedere nelle belle arti del disegno secondo i principi di Sulzer e di Mengs also appeared in 1781. The third edtion of his Le Vite appeared that year as well, the first of the editions to bear his name. Milizia resigned his Superintendency for the King in 1782 to devoted himself to writing and translations of his own works with the collaboration of the important Italian neoclassical architects of the period, e.g., Giovanni Antonio Antolini (1753-1841). An architectural treatice, the first of an intended mult-volume set on the arts, Roma delle belle Arti del disegno was published in 1787. A second work on the theater, Discorso sul teatro appeared in 1789. Milizia next issued his Dizionario delle belle arti del disegno in 1797, an enlightenment work which, among other entries, famously characterized the Baroque, "Barocco il superlativo del bizzarro, l'eccesso del ridicolo." He also wrote very detailed biographies of the most important artists of the times, including Borromini, Bernini and Pietro da Cortona. His views were so extreme he became persona non grata in Rome (Kaufmann). At his death in 1798, a portion of his library was donated to the national Library of Rome as well as his letters and manuscripts. Manuscripts and letters are also at Biblioteca del Seminario of Padua; his last will and testament is at the National Archives of Rome (ASR 30 Notai Capitolini, ufficio 25, notaio Salvi, 23 marzo 1798, f. 615).

Milizia's writings on art theory, lives of artists, and his historical research were highly influential on his and the ensuing generations of art historians. His basic architectural theory was drawn from Vitruvius to which he added strong personal views. Although he at times approved of Baroque architecture, he desparaged it later as well as much of Michelangelo's work, including sacristy decorations of St. Peter's and his sculpture of Moses. His animadversion of Baroque architecture set taste against this style until the end of the 19th century when Cornelius Gurlitt (q.v.) rehabilitated the thinking on the subject as once again worthy of study. Milizia considered himsself a cultural theorist, writing studies ranging from theatre studies to art literature and theory. Although his architectural theory suggested that ancient architecture was exhausted as a style, his writings did much to promote Neo-classical architecture. Neither a leader nor an original mind, his writings reflect the changes in architectural taste of the eighteenth century, a fact he admitted to by terming himself a "heterogenous compound of contradictions" (Kaufmann). Articles about Milizia and his writing began to appear as early as 1808.

Home Country: Italy

Sources: Cardinali, Antonmaria. "Vita di Francesco Milizia Scritta da lui medesimo." in Opuscoli diversi di F. Milizia risguardanti le belle Arti. Bologna: Dalla Stamperia Cardinali e Frulli, 1826, pp. v-xxxiv; O'Neal, William B. "Francesco Milizia, 1725-1798." The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 13, no. 3 (October 1954): 12-15; Kaufmann, Emil. Architecture in the Age of Reason: Baroque and Post-Baroque in England, Italy and France. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1955, pp. 100-104; Bazin, Germain. Histoire de l'histoire de l'art: de Vasari nos jours. Paris: Albin Michel, 1986, pp. 83-85; Udo. The History of Art History. New York: Abaris, 1993, p. 125; Dictionary of Art 21: 600; Francesco Milizia e la cultura del Settecento a cura di Mariella Basile e Grazia Distaso. Galatina: Congedo, 2002; Pasquali, Susanna. "Francesco Milizia a Roma, 1761-1798." in Antonio Canova: la cultura figurativa e letteraria dei grandi centri italiani. Atti a cura di Fernando Mazzocca e Gianni Venturi. Bassano del Grappa, 2005, pp. 89-101.

Since 1761 several generations of the family Milizia have lived in this building. Only in 1908 it became property of the current owner's family 'Schifone'. This happened after the wedding of Laura Pepe Milizia, elder daughter of Francesco Pepe (1866) and the Neapolitan princess Placidia Pignatelli, with the captain doctor Michele Schifone, who was granted the palace as a dowry.
In 1908 the building was completely restored to its present style and that of the Nobelity standars of that time.

Pepe Milizia's House has an amazing location. It is located inside Porta degli Ebrei (Jews' Arch) and right close to the castle, at whose feet you can find the big terraced garden of the palace. If you imagine that you are hosing flowers in the garden, you need just to look up to see the Castle of Fedetic II. No doubt he woud be smiling ofthe grandeour.
The Jews' Arch (also known as Taranto's Arch because from there you head to the Ionian city of Taranto) is one of the three medieval city gates; one of them is no longer there. The arch leads to the Jewish district of Oria, a tortuous medieval district with small houses, shops and hidden balconies. Here it developed the thriving Jewish community, known around the medieval Mediterranean, which reached its peak during the IX century.
At the centre of the arch's vault you can admire the heraldic stone shield whose emblem is no longer visible, on the side two smaller emblems representing the coat of arms of the city. On top stands the Immaculate Conception's statue.

The castle has undergone many changes during the Frederick's age (1225-1227) to the point that it is generally called "Swabian castle". Some local sources tell us that the same Federico II built the castle, but it is more realistic to think that he just enlarged and changed it. Other important changes were made during the Angiovin period, to which are related the two towers called "del Salto" (of leap) and "del Cavaliere" (of knight). The castle was again heavily restructured during the XI-XVI century and adapted to the new defensive needs; it was also equipped with so many gunboats in part still visible.
It was finally restored during the XIX century; then in 1987 the castle was devastated by the cyclone that swept through the city.

Oria (or Uria in Latin) is a town and commune of 15.401 inhabitants in the province of Brindisi, in the Apulia region (southern Italy). Situated in a hilly terrain in the northern Salento, it received the title of city in 1951.
In classical times Oria was known also as Hyria or Hyrium, one of the principal Messapian cities. It is also renowned for having one of the oldest Jewish communities in Europe. Jewish scholarship in Oria included the study of philosophy, the Talmud, languages such as Greek and Latin, and medicine and natural sciences.
According to Herodotus, the foundation of Oria occurred when a group of Cretan wrecked along the coast of Salento. The Cretans chose the highest hill to build the city because from there they could well control the surrounding territory. They gave this city the name Hyria.
Since 1500 Oria suffered many sieges: we remember the fierce resistance against the Spaniards who were besieging the city. According to legend, Oria was saved by the patron St. Barsanofio and the value of all citizens. Inside the church of San Francesco di Paola you can admire a fifteenth-century statue of the saint patron of Oria.
The city was also home of Shabbethai Donnolo, one of the first Jewish writers born in Europe.

The historical centre is enclosed in a medieval city walls dating back to the end of the millennium. Due to the numerous destructions and reconstructions, the architecture has taken on a unique character that is close to that of the white Mediterranean cities.
The influence of the church was remarkable over the urban aspect of the city. The higher places were occupied and protected by religious buildings and all the aristocratic families.
If the rich possessed chapels, the people used to adorn their homes and streets with holy shrines in devotion to a particular saint or in memory of historical facts (i.e. in Via Quinto Mario Corrado where there are two shrines called "Matunneddi" (the Madonnas)).
The civil architecture (apart from the Castle, the gates, "il Sedile" and Torre Palomba) consists of palaces built on areas with difference in level as Palazzo Martini and Palazzo Schiroli (in Piazza D. Albanese), Palazzo Errico (in Corso Umberto I), Palazzo Mingolla (in Via R. Lombardi) and Palazzo Pepe-Milizia (in Via Cap. De Tommaso).
Oria is located on the highest hills in northern Salento giving it a dominant position on the surrounding plains; the highest hill is Colle del Vaglio (166 m), on whose top is built the castle.
The town is not so far from the route of the ancient Via Appia between Brindisi and Taranto; Oria is 35 km far from Taranto, 32 km from Brindisi and 45 km from Lecce.
The natural vegetation consists of olive groves and oaks alternated with stretches of Mediterranean scrub. Valleys are full of mushrooms, myrtle and carob trees.
The fauna is characterized by a great variety of species including hares, foxes, hedgehogs (protected species), hawks, robins, thrushes, blackbirds, bats and many owls (owl, horned owl and barn owl). Then you can find also several snails that represent one of the best gastronomic specialties.
Oria has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters.

ORIA is close to the other famous towns in this fantastic area of Italy: within half an hour or so you can reach the barocqye toen of Francavilla Fontana, Manduria ( famous for its red wines), Grottaglie ( famous for Beautiful pottery) and ceglie Messapica.

The property has also the advantage of being not too far from main areas of world interest in the middle of Apulia such as the mile long caves of Castellana; the archaeological excavations of the Roman Egnatia by the Adriatic coast line; the Trullo houses of Alberobello- an UNESCO world heritage site: the beautiful white town of Ostuni, located on top of a hill with fantastic Sea views; the wealthy baroque town of Martina Franca; the petite and charming Cisternino, the Zoo Safari Park of Fasano (lots of fun for children and adults alike); the caves of Polignano a Mare, well known also for its tasty icecream; Grottaglie famous for its cheramics and old stone carvings; and last but not least the famous baroque city of Lecce which is called the Florence of the south. Lecce can be reached in 15-20 minutes and has countless medical churches and a great richness of architecture. In town there is also the famous Roman amfibi theatre which is used for music and drama performances in the open during the summer season. Lecce is a wonderful town for long walks, enjoying the fantastic atmosphere, bars, outside restaurants and, naturally, great shops.

In Salento the coastline is fashinating and you can drive by car a few hours along the Adriatic cost line and passing many fine sea villages, like Otranto and Castro Marina. Contine to Santa Maria di Leuca and you are at the meeting of the two seas- the adriatic and the Ionian.

Inland Salento there are a number of historical charming villages with ancient history. The advantage to stay in a village is to be able to socialize with Italian neighbours, to walk to the piazza caf and buy a newspaper and a cup of coffee in the morning and having all amenities within reach day and night time. The town houses often come with a garden and roof terrace. When you approach a simple door just of the street you will often be surprized to find that inside there is a little palace, a 50 sq m garden and with great views over the country side from the roof terrace.
In Sternatina and Martigignano to the south of Lecce antique Greek is still spoken by the villagers.
Maglie is like a mini Lecce and with many fine buildings. Muoro Leccese is smaller and also represent a small town/village with a fine architectural history. Cutrofiano popular for French holiday home ownerships. Ruffano has many fine old buildings for sale, waiting to find new owners and to be restored. Surano has a small town center with very nice antigue buildings for sale. Spongano again is a small village surrounded by olive grooves. Here you can see secluded great villas and country retreats owned by foreigners and families from North Italy who come to relax in rural Salento.

The east coast of Salento is rougher than the south west and for people who enjoy the sea and fishing. Castro is beautiful with its location on top of the cliff by the sea and many villas with direct access to the sea. Santa Cesarea Terme is a spa resort, very popular with a beautiful setting and bay.
The cost from Santa Maria di Leuca to Gallipoli has many fine sandy beaches. The villages are perhaps not the prettiest but room for the beach life, pizzerias, restaurants and disco music summer time.
Santa Catarina well known also for its many fine villas in the area, some antique.
The sea outside of Porto Cesare further up the coast is probably the most beautiful and fantastic sunsets.

Contine along the Ionian side for miles and miles of blue flag beaches. Gallipoli is fashinating city built on a penninsula and a marvellous old town. Further north east you find Santa Catarina which is a sophisticated place and many celebrities have hoiliday homes here during the hectic August summer time. A bit further comes the super Porto Cesare with many seaside restaurants and a lovely bay with fishing boats.
Every were inland in Salento you see the vineyards and olive trees. Salento is a big producer of wine and olive oil, you can buy 5 liters Extra Virgin oil for about EUR 35.

By air there is a choise of two international airports, served by Ryanair, Easyjet , BA and others, both easily reached; Bari in the North by car on the motorway in approximately 1,5 hour and nearby Brindisi in the South in approximately 3o minutes.

Bari being the commercial capital city with 250 000 inhabitants offers the best shopping, a grand opera house, called the Petruzzelli teatro; a large medical city centre with many museums. Just north of Bari lies a little town called Giovinazzo a true gem, right by the sea. Further north is Molfetta Outlet, a famous shopping galleria and 20 minutes further is Traini, a sophisticated town with a beautiful half moon bay & marina. Continue north to Castel del Monte, which is the mystical castle built by Frederic II in the 14th Century.
Within a 2,5 hour drive to the North of Bari lies Gargano, the penninsula called the spur of the Italian boot. Gargano forms a large nature and wild life Reserve and offers hiking and scenic trips around the peninsula. From here there are daily boat trips to the small Tremiti islands.

The Italian lifestyle means many things but especially socializing; the home is used for sleeping and breakfasts, the Italians go out for enjoyments and dining. Tthere are so much you can experience, like early morning markets in the small towns. music festivals, religious carnevals, the beach life, historical tours in the main towns, cooking classes, learning a bit Italian at language schools in Lecce, dining at the many country and sea side restaurants, night clubbing at the beach clubs of Capitolo.

As Apulia is a penninsula and surrounded by the two seas- the Adriatic in the north and the Ionic in the south - water sports dominate in the area; sailing, yachting, waterskiing, kitesurfing swimming & beach life. Golf is available with five good courses and San Domenico is world class ( PGA 2014 Challenge Final). Tennis, horseback riding, hiking and bicycle tours are other options for the active minded. Squash clubs are located in Bari, Bitonto and other places.

Apulia has until recently been called the hidden treasure of Italy, unknown to most tourists who come & stay in Rome, Florence, Venize and at the Italian Riviera. However, all this is rapidily changing because of massive investments in the infrastructure, such as the improved motorways, enlarged airports and the introdcution of low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet. The property prices are low in Apulia and low means value for money at bargain prices for the international buyers. We see more and more foreign visitors coming to Apulia and in our opinion investments will show good growth in value beacuse of the increased demand. Also from north Italians as Apulia has become the most popular holiday destination for Italians. But rest asure, no tourist villages will ever be built because in Apulia the cost line is protected and people are against modern developments which do not fit into this historical landscape. Therefore, with increased demand for a fixed and limited number of properties prices are bound to rise.

Being south, Apulia has warmer weather than Northen Italy and even in the"winter months" of December to February the average number of sun hours per day is 4 and in June-August 10-11 sun hours per day! This means you can enjoy a long season of nice weather in Apulia. When you plan to buy a holiday home in Apulia think of that you will spend a lot more time outside than in the inside compared to at home. Therefore you will need plenty of terrace space, pergolas etc at your Apulian property and also cooking falicites outside is very practical.

The water temperatur in beginning of May is in average 19 degrees, up to 27 degrees in August/September and 19 degrees in November. This means you & family will spend time at the beach. Where ever you are in Apulia you can reach the beaches within 30 minutes!

Firstly we are an English speaking agency based in the middle of Apulia with local experience and can guide you to get the right property at the right price for you.
Secondly we have personally inspected every property that we recommend to buy and do not list hundreds of properties but a smaller selection of properties which we belive offer good value to the buyer. In Apulia many properties are offered at unrealistic prices but we say no to sellers who want us to list properties for sale at silly prices.
We have many years of international property experience, including 10 years in London, and see investments in Apulia through an international perspective. We have been active in several EU property markets and specialize in property management to ensure well maintained property for growth in property value.

We have a comprehensive range of local services:
- acting for the buyer - and not for the seller - by searching the market for the right property, negotiate the price and give advise through the buying process leading to completion of the purchase
- property management; we look after your property when you are away and ensure it is in perfect condition when you arrive. We will prepare a maintenance plan for annual maintenance and repairs of you property, which is essential to maintain and increase the property's value
- project management; we can act as you local representative and manage any renovation or refurbishment. We will also advise on any value added measures which could further enhanse the capital growth of your property.
- lettings- we can assist you in the letting of you property and check in your tenants, deposit taking, checking out & inventory control.
Refer also to our webpage www.casapuglia.com.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Nearest Airports*

  • Brindisi - Salento (INTERNATIONAL), 18.9 miles
  • Bari Palese (INTERNATIONAL), 64.9 miles

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