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The social cooperative Minerva, a major reference in Puglia as regards the care of people with different specific needs, is the body that manages the centre.

This cooperative has gained experience through the running of its three structures for the care of mental patients and elderly people in the towns of Turi, Mola and Alberobello.



The construction of this huge building started in 1957.

Right from the beginning it soon became an important part of the social life of the surrounding area. Its founder in particular, the priest Don Raffaele Pomes is still remembered today for his inspiring teaching.

After his death on 26th December 2006 the structure was starting to decay until a local entrepreneur, Mr Andrea Chirulli, decided to buy it from the Vatican. At this point the new proprietor, with the help of the social cooperative Minerva and the co-funding of the Puglia Region, started its complete restoration which has resulted in today’s ultra-modern, multifunctional centre for rehabilitation.

The project has followed all the requirements of modern housing but at the same time has preserved the original outline of this glorious building. Don Raffaele would certainly appreciate the fact that Villa Nazareth will be a valuable asset for many people again.


Located on a hill between the beautiful bright blue of the Adriatic Sea and the medieval white town of Ostuni, Villa Nazareth is an R.S.S.A. ( acronym for Extended Care Unit) authorized by the Puglia Region articles 58 and 59.

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This majestic building, surrounded by centuries-old olive trees, offers comfortable, en-suite single and double rooms. For the full satisfaction of its guests it also features two gyms, a swimming pool, a massage room, various areas to relax , a chapel, a TV lounge, a centre for social events, a conference room, an infirmary and a doctor’s surgery and finally a well- equipped kitchen with an elegant dining room with a sea view.
Villa Nazareth also caters for EU guests wishing to combine their physiotherapy treatments with the chance of enjoying the nearby seaside resorts and thermal centre.


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