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Golf holidays at Riva dei Tessali resort in Puglia - Italy's deep South.

Riva dei Tessali

Riva dei Tessali golf resort
Riva dei Tessali's peaceful pines
Ribe dei Tessali's private beach

The Riva dei Tessali resort

In Italy’s sun drenched deep South, the Riva dei Tessali resort makes an excellent winter hideaway. When all at home is dark and cold, slip away for a morning’s golf, lunch by the 18th, an afternoon on the private beach, or perhaps a set or two of tennis? Rounded off with dinner in the lively Italian family style: a perfect day.

There is a choice of accommodation available:
Hotel rooms, which encircle the central reception, pool, restaurant and bar.
Apartments close to the 9th Green which can accommodate from two to six people.

More details below.

Riva de Tessali & Metaponto Golf Courses

There are two courses at Riva dei Tessali: one within the confines of the resort and aptly named "Riva dei Tessali"; the other about fifteen minutes away at Metaponto.  Your stay includes golf everyday at either of these courses.  (Free shuttle bus to Metaponto only on Tuesdays).

Riva dei Tesali golf course Riva dei Tessali   Architect: J. Harris & M. Croze   18 holes: 5947m: par 71: SSS 70

Riva dei Tessali is a supreme test of accuracy off the Tee. Tight rows of pines isolate each hole and gentle twists and turns encourage you to shape your shots. However played from the forward Tees it's secluded setting beside the Adriatic is thoroughly enjoyable by all.

Metaponto golf course
Metaponto  Architect: M. Croze  18 holes: 6284m: par 72

The resort’s other course at Metaponto contrasts nicely to Riva dei Tessali and has a real rustic charm all of its own. Here there is much more opportunity to flex the Driver with longer and broader fairways running between orange plantations, vines, and olive groves. However, a few ditches are also present to catch an errant swish. Greens are larger too which might seem helpful until one reads the borrows...

The Riva dei Tessali resort - Lunch at the Clubhouse under the parasol pines

Riva dei Tessali - Hotel

Riva dei Tessali swimming pool
Riva dei Tessali hotel
Riva dei Tessali hotel
Riva dei Tessali hotel

The centre of the resort is the hotel complex which houses the reception, bar restaurant and pool (pool is open form May to September).  Around the central reception, buried amongst the tall pines, are the hotel rooms.

The resort is aimed at enjoying the outdoor facilities consequently the bedrooms are not enormous, yet still contain everything one needs for an enjoyable stay and all are air conditioned too.

Dinner is served in the Italian "family" style each evening (i.e. lots!) in the restaurant beside the bar, this is also where the breakfast buffet is prepared each morning. Heading out to other restaurants will involve driving - so please let us know if you would prefer dinner each evening at the hotel as the supplement is very reasonable.

Riva dei Tessali hotel

Superior rooms

Riva dei Tessali hotel
Riva dei Tessali hotel

There are also Superior rooms available at the hotel, in the privacy of the forest a little further from the reception area.  Superior rooms are larger than the standard hotel rooms and have all been recently totally refurbished to a high standard - so are much more modern than the hotel rooms. 

There is a supplement for these rooms, in our opinion they are worth it for the extra space and better bathrooms if you are staying a few days.


The Residence (apartments)

Riva dei Tessali - the Residence

The apartments lie close to the 9th Green and are approximately 700yds from the main reception area. These are fully equipped with everything you could need to self-cater. We do however include a continental breakfast in your stay which is served in the apartment complex's own small bar and café.

Apartments can sleep from two to six as they have a twin and a double room plus day beds in the sitting room. Ideal for four adults or for families. There are plenty of facilities: a full bathroom upstairs, plus a shower room downstairs; balconies and patio gardens; , full sized kitchens with all the appliances you would expect - even a dishwasher.

The spacious sitting/dining rooms have plenty of room for everyone to relax and dine together, there is even a working fireplace (with supplies of wood), air-conditioning, even satellite TV.

Riva dei Tessali apartments
Riva dei Tessali apartments
Riva dei Tessali apartments
Riva dei Tessali apartments
Riva dei Tessali apartments
Riva dei Tessali apartments


Greco-Roman ruins at Metaponto
Metaponto archaeology museum
Taranto fort

Around Riva dei Tessali

The Metaponto and surrounding area is rich with history from a succession of invaders and settlers dating back to well before the Greeks and

Sadly little remains to be seen of these passing tribes apart from the remains at Metaponto.  The extent of these is impressive although they do require quite a lot of imagination as most of the stonework has been pilfered over the centuries to construct homes for the locals!

Artefacts have been found in abundance around Metaponto and sites all across the south, including the impressive cave systems at Castellaneta (which can still be visited).  These finds are now on display in the archaeology museum in Metaponto which is compact but very interesting (the town itself is worth avoiding).

Heading west along the coast there are sandy beaches and holiday camps, but nothing really worthy of note out of the Summer season.  Inland the strange grey hills of Basilicata rise in folds with their small towns clinging to the hill tops - worth taking a drive into this largely deserted landscape, possibly up to .

The modern port of Taranto is only 30 minutes away and has a pleasant pedestrianised centre (once you get past the dockyards and refineries) with plenty of shops and restaurants.

Basilicata - the interior
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Sample Itinerary

7 nights at Riva dei Tessali with golf and dinner everyday -
£748.00 (excl. August)



Guest Comments

"9/10 for GPE and the hotel.
9/10 for Riva dei Tessali and Metaponto courses - both excellent.
10/10 overall - Excellent."
Mr. S. Primavesi - Dorset.


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