Palazzo Esmeralda

Monopoli, Bari
+44 (0)7956 208863
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€300 - €550
per night
€2100 - €3850
per week

An elegant townhouse made up of two apartments on a lively piazza a short stroll from the sea. Live like a local in pretty Monopoli


2 places


Each sleep 6

Children welcome

€300 - €550 per night

€2100 - €3850 per week

The Experience

You’re in the heart of the old town here and right by the sea, an easy stroll to restaurants, bars, chic boutiques and Porto-Vecchio harbour. Watch the fishermen haul in the day’s catch then buy your supper directly from them. Wander down narrow, cobbled alleyways, soak up the lively atmosphere, stop for an aperitivo.

The three-storey townhouse can be booked as two individual apartments or as a whole. It has been lovingly revived and filled with impressive antiques and clever vintage finds. The first-floor apartment has a stunning atrium filled with exotic plants and spacious lounge. It has two bedrooms with an additional bed on a mezzanine, and bathrooms are dreamy; check out the antique copper tub for two. The second-floor apartment, with three bedrooms, has exclusive use of the impressive rooftop terrace with panoramic views, an outdoor kitchen and a dipping pool (repurposed from an old French copper cheese vat) – you’ll never want to leave.

Each apartment has a kitchen/diner so the chef can chat as well as cook – or hire a local chef. Puglia and the coast await: you’re a 5-minute walk from Porta Vecchia beach and plenty more sandy coves are a slightly further stroll away.

Palazzo Esmeralda - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Being in the centre of everything and so close to the sea
  • Popping down to the piazza for an aperitivo and people-watching
  • Buying delicious food and eating it on the roof terrace
Palazzo Esmeralda - Gallery

You should know

  • The terrace is available only for guests in the top floor apartment, unless you rent the whole house as a bigger group
  • No driving in the centre of town, there's parking a five-minute walk from the apartment
  • The pool on the terrace is big enough for dipping and cooling off only


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from €300
Weekly price
from €2100
Damage deposit
1 Apartment for 6
From €3505 beds3 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 6
From €3004 beds2 bedrooms


Booking information

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Min stay: 7 nights. Photos of 1st floor flat shown first in gallery, followed by top floor. The terrace & pool is just for guests using the top floor apartment. Whole house available €500-€975 p/n. Children over 10 welcome.
January to end of March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 100m.


We had an amazing fortnight at Annabel’s beautiful flat; the decor is stunning, beds super comfy & rooms very quiet despite being minutes from the hustle & bustle of the old town. We loved the breezy rooftop and the plunge-pool to cool off in, while kids couldn’t get enough of the table-football in the basement and the local beach (5 mins away) where we swam most days. Special mention goes to manager Anna, who was so helpful and nothing too much trouble - we were even granted a late checkout as our flight didn’t leave till eve. We would love to come back some day. Grazie mille!

Miranda, London

Stunning property, beautifully appointed with the most wonderful roof top terrace and perfectly situated on a tiny “piazza” too!!! Thanks must also go to Anna our stand in host. Such a lovely person and a mine of information. We, 6 of us, mums and daughters, absolutely loved our time there.

Melanie, Chichester

Every fixture adorning this sumptuous apartment tells a story. The rooftop boasts bewitching views of the cathedral, the castle, the sea. Perfectly placed a step from the ocean, boutiques and restaurants. We saw the interiors of the ancient castle alongside works by Warhol. Old met new in a cultural explosion of contemporary art inside the hitherto locked doors of Palacios and chapels mid rennovation. We descended beneath the main square’s fountain and traversed through the tunnels of WW2 bomb shelters. Annabel is a brilliant host with a wealth of knowledge about the area. Highly recommend.

Angela, Walton-On-Thames

The apartment is a feast for the eye, decorated exquisitely with incredible attention to detail and with every convenience you could need. Surrounded by a cast of local characters, wonderful delis, restaurants serving local delicacies freshly caught from the sea, ice creams in exotic flavours crowned with cream. There is art and culture bursting from every crevice of the town. We easily reached the outer regions: Lecce, Matera and Alberobello by bus and train. Annabel was a fantastic host, brimming with knowledge about the area and beyond and always attentive and helpful. Can’t wait to return.

Katey, Uckfield

We had a beautiful week staying at this lovely accommodation with everything we needed. The property has been restored to a very high standard. Congrats to Annabel. We must have picked the hottest week in recent history!! Annabel welcomed us, showed us around and recommended beaches and restaurants. Everyone was very friendly and the food was great.

Liz, Lewes

Annabel’s glorious historic property sits on a quiet square within Monopoli’s old town, a short taxi ride from the station. The apartment is furnished with a designer’s eye: its roof terrace with clear views of the Adriatic is an absolute highlight. We stayed with children and swam every day off the rocks in the shallow, safe water of the Cala Porta Vecchia which is 5 minutes walk away. The grandeur of Lecce is a short train ride along the coast, but Monopoli has everything. Annabel is a warm and welcoming host, full of ideas, and who is very much a part of the local community

Tom, London

We had a fantastic stay at Palazzo Esmeralda. Annabel was delightful. Extremely prompt in her communications; full of ideas for restaurants and sightseeing and most importantly, which beaches to head for. We stayed in the 1st floor apartment which is stylish, comfortable and full of charm and beautiful details. Can I mention the amazing copper bathtub and the swing seat??? The roof terrace is to die for with views of ancient roofs and domes in one direction and the endlessly blue sea in the other! We can’t wait to return!

Hilary, London

We had the best time in this beautiful, artists town house in Monopoli. The views from the roof top and all the little details in the house - it was wonderful. We loved just walking around the historic town, soaking up the atmosphere and figuring out where to eat next. All the restaurants were so good and really welcoming to our young children. It was lovely to feel part of Italian culture for a week and not act the tourist. We spent lots of time on the coast too of course. By chance we were there for the Carnival in Putignano - some of the floats were amazing. It was a really fun night.

Kate, Brighton

Annabel's place is a stunning example of patience and creativity, thoughtful restoration, mixing preservation with modern comforts. Guests will savour memories of nights up on the magical garden rooftop, either under the shady pergola, cooling off in the dipping pool, or having a meal prepared by a local cook under the stars. For a group of friends or families with older children, an ideal base.

Nicole, Sawday's inspector

Had a very special time at Annabel’s gorgeous house in Monopoli. She has spent years bringing the house back to its original splendour and adding her own creative vision to make each space unique in its design and furnishings. Up on the rooftop I was transported by the view out to sea. The house sits on a lovely square in the heart of the old town with its pedestrianised cobbled streets, a short walk from other squares with bars and restaurants and the sea with its beach and beautiful harbour. Close at hand are many lovely beaches and other gorgeous historic villages/towns. A wonderful place.

Rosemary, Hindhead, Surrey

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The neighbourhood

As well as getting snap happy and eating everything in sight, check out the cultural delights: Castello di Carlo V, a 16th century castle jutting out over the sea; Basilica of the Madonna della Madia cathedral; Palmieri Palace, a fine example of Lecce-inspired architecture. Wander down the paved promenade that runs along the coast. There are lots of beaches nearby, some wild, others with loungers.

Local points of interest from Annabel Pointon

  • From the apartment you can easily reach "Cala Porta Vecchia", a lovely sandy beach. Within 15 minutes walk you can also reach some of Monopoli's other beautiful beaches.
  • Don't miss a drive around Monopoli's countryside with its secular olive trees and its ancient "masserie"!
  • From Monopoli you can easily reach all the beautiful towns of Puglia: Polignano, with its breathtaking cliffs, the Caves of Castellana Grotte, the Trulli of Alberobello, or reach the enchanting old towns of Locorotondo and Martina Franca.
  • You can also visit the famous "White City" of Ostuni, a 30 minute trip by train or car. Matera, with its incredible landscape, and Lecce with its famous baroque architecture are one hour by car (or you can take the train) from Monopoli. Don't miss them!


Annabel Pointon

Annabel is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and lives in Sussex. She's also an artist and keen traveller who fell in love with Puglia. She spent five years patiently restoring and renovating the townhouse; bringing it back to life, reconnecting it to its history and filling it with beautiful objects. She also learnt Italian along the way. Your contact is the local English-speaking manager.