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The Apulian Romanesque: discovering the Nordic testimonies in Salento

24 Apr

Traces of Nordic architecture can also be found unexpectedly in the deep South of Salento: it is the Apulian Romanesque, an artistic style that developed between the 11th century and the first half of the 13th century. Below, let’s take a short tour of the examples of excellence: the Cathedral of Otranto, the Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria in Galatina and the Abbey of Santa Maria in Cerrate.

The typical characters of Northern European art (France, Germany, Normandy) reworked with elements of Byzantine and Arab art give rise to an original and unprecedented result which is the so-called Apulian Romanesque. The Nordic, and in particular Norman, imprint in these areas is due to the frequentation of the Apulian ports by pilgrims headed to the Holy Land and which were also the starting point for many participants in the First Crusade in 1090.

The cathedral of Otranto

An important example of Apulian Romanesque is the cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata, built on the remains of a Roman domus, a Messapian village and an early Christian temple. It was founded in 1068 by the Norman bishop Guglielmo and consecrated to worship in 1088. Inside it preserves an important floor mosaic made between 1163 and 1166 by the Basilian monk Pantaleone.

In August 1480, the cathedral was the scene of a terrible carnage: the Turks stormed the city after a few days of siege and entered the church exterminating the clergy and civilians who had taken refuge there, whose remains are still preserved in the crypt. It was transformed into a mosque and all the frescoes dating back to the 13th century were destroyed.

The abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate

Located on the Squinzano-Casalabate provincial road, it is one of the most significant examples of Apulian Romanesque. According to legend, the abbey was founded at the end of the 12th century by Tancredi d’Altavilla, count of Lecce, when in this place, during a hunting trip, the Madonna appeared in Tancredi between the horns of a deer, hence the toponym Cerrate or Cervate.

The locality was an important religious and cultural center until the sixteenth century and subsequently transformed into a farm. In 1711 the abbey was sacked by Turkish pirates and fell into a state of neglect, which continued until the 1965 restoration by the Province of Lecce. The complex remained the property of the local authority until 2012, the year in which it passed to the Fondo Ambiente Italiano.

The Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria in Galatina

It is one of the most famous monuments of Apulian Romanesque and Gothic art and was built between 1369 and 1391, by the will of Raimondello Orsini del Balzo. The latter, in one of his numerous journeys, returning from the Crusades, went as far as the summit of Mount Sinai to pay homage to the body of Saint Catherine; according to legend, when she left, he kissed the hand of her Saint, tearing her finger with his teeth. Back in Italy he took the relic with him which, set in a silver reliquary, is still kept in the church treasury. The building, on Raimondello’s death in 1405, will be completed by his wife, Princess Maria d’Enghien, and then by his son, Giovanni Antonio Orsini Del Balzo.

The building was built on a pre-existing Byzantine church of the Greek rite dating back to the IX-X century whose traces are clearly visible in the outer wall of the right aisle in which the apse was incorporated, perhaps to save building material. The pictorial decoration is of great artistic importance: the interior, in fact, was completely frescoed towards the end of the fourteenth century by local workers, covering some parts of the oldest fragments.

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Tourism 2021, people are ready to travel!

7 Feb

Most people are ready to travel, while the other half are starting to plan their next holidays. The picture, offered by a recent eDreams study, is encouraging.

Italians also know well how they will want to spend their holidays in 2021. Local tourism, cleanliness of the environment, eco-sustainability are what travelers are looking for.

Let’s see the numbers in detail:

READY TO TRAVEL – 48% of Italians have already started planning holidays, while the remaining 32% are planning to do it so soon. At the thought of leaving, 47% of the sample said they were eager to leave in 2021.

WHERE TO GO – Local destinations prevail over long distances. People tend to stay in Italy, and prefer to travel by car. 42% of Italians prefer seaside resorts, followed by holidays dedicated to outdoor sports (21%), art city tours (17%) and wellness breaks (9%).

WHERE TO STAY – Villas with pools or holiday houses near the beaches are the favorite places to spend the holidays. Stays in environments for exclusive use for a small group of people and with high sanitation standards eliminate the risks and make people feel safer to move. All without giving up the comforts of a holiday.

CANCELLATION POLICIES – The flexibility in cancellation terms in case of unforeseen events related to the health emergency encourages tourists to book. For 69% of people, in fact, the guarantee of a refund / voucher in case of missed departure is an incentive.

MEN vs WOMEN – The demographic data on the difference in behavior at the gender level is interesting: men appear more fearful about leaving than women. Women, on the other hand, (71% vs 67%) pay more attention to bookings that guarantee a refund for travel cancellation.

YOUTH vs ADULTS – The study shows greater tranquility in facing the journey which is directly proportional to the age group. Travelers over 55 (8%) say they don’t need many guarantees to leave.

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Post-pandemic tourism, the new trends for the 2021

24 Gen

Italian, clean and sustainable. It is not the slogan for a commercial product made in Italy, but the trend for the 2021 holiday. Domestic tourism, longer and “slower” holidays and greater attention for cleaning. These are the characteristics sought by travelers for the next vacation.

The health emergency, which has profoundly changed our daily habits, has not spared even the tourism field.People have returned to travel but they think about vacation in a more sustainable way: closer destinations, longer stays and in healthier and cleaner environments. These are the trends that emerge from some reports from Skyscanner and Booking.com.

DOMESTIC TOURISM – Confirming the trend of last March / April, domestic tourism is on a constantly growing trajectory, confirming the change in habits. Italians prefer closer destinations, also because they are easier to reach by car.

LONG STAY – Skyscanner report highlights this trend. And if it is true that the increase in one-way travel in March 2020 was justified by the need to reunite with loved ones, in recent months the trend has continued to rise.

Why? Because people are starting to combine holidays and smartworking: with the possibility of enjoying quality time with loved ones, without neglecting work. Find out how here.

BOOKING – Many travelers are willing to book even within a month of departure. Furthermore, more flexible cancellation policies favor bookings because they make travelers feel safer even in the event of unforeseen events.

CLEANING – Attention for well cleaned spaces ha increased. An element, that of hygiene, already emerged from the TripAdvisor report last June and strengthened by that of Booking.com. On the portals there was a considerable increase (of over 60%) in the use of terms, in the research phase, of a structure such as “clean” and “hygiene”.

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SUSTAINABILITY – A review of old habits also reflects in terms of sensitivity to our planet. Yes to the road trip by car, instead of traveling by plane. Yes to a slower tourism, no to “hit and run” destinations.

Italy, with the richness of its landscapes and its cultural, architectural and cultural traditions, will thank you!

Flexible cancellation policies in case of new restrictions, high cleaning standards and extra services in order to live a unique sensory experience. Choose your ideal holiday house/villa for your 2021 vacation in Salento, here

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Holidays 2021, villas with pool the new trend. Choose the one that fits you!

10 Gen
Villa code m990

Cleanliness, privacy, peace: the three P‘s that will set the trend in 2021 holidays! Also for the next season, people will choose a place that guarantees a high standard of cleanliness and sanitation of the environments, a reserved space, sheltered from the frenzy of the city pace, and a location that ensures tranquility and comfort.

Villas with swimming pool are the ideal solutions for not giving up on your holidays! “Times are changing” sang Bob Dylan in 1964, a very current statement even in this period, at least for the tourism sector. The requirements for choosing a suitable solution for your holidays are changing compared to the trends of recent years.

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Longer stays, in places that have few common spaces and that guarantee a certain tranquility, with particular attention to the cleaning of the rooms. The 2021 holiday trend will still be the choice of residences for exclusive use for your family or for the few friends that you have chosen to go on holiday.

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Villas with swimming pools are the solution that best embodies all the “musts” for an unforgettable stay. These are in fact beautiful residences that combine the charm of the rooms with the safety of spaces.

Meticulously sanitized, with exclusive use of the swimming pool and with exteriors of considerable size (they are often gardens or real endless countryside), the villas with swimming pool are an ideal microcosm, perfectly self-sufficient, for those who want to disconnect from the routine without running any risk.

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The relaxation area by the pool is ideal for sunbathing, while the covered veranda, sheltered from the heat of the summer sun, will grant you moments of absolute relaxation for outdoor lunches and dinners or simply to read a book. The garden that embraces the villa is the ideal location for long walks or morning jogging.

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From Lecce to Leuca, all just a few minutes drive from the most famous beaches, both sandy and rocky, there is something for everyone.

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Self check-in: enter your holiday house in a smart, safe and automatic way

8 Gen

You have just arrived at the destination you have meticulously chosen for your holidays, the sun is high, the sea is beautiful and funny days await for you! Ok, but there is still an obstacle between you and the start of the holidays: the front door of the house / villa you rented!

And then, sweaty and tired from the journey and with luggage, you start waiting for someone to open you the door! With self check-in all this will be over and arriving at a holiday home will be exactly like entering your home.

There are a number of objective advantages when you choose to book a house or villa with a swimming pool for your holidays: your own spaces, independence in moving around, autonomy in the organization of the day. The other side of the coin, however, can be the check-in. Before entering the house, in fact, you have to wait the host for the keys and to receive useful instructions.

The self check-in indicates all available technologies that allow the guest to enter the apartment independently without the intervention of the landlord. All of this is done in complete safety to ensure that only authorized people have access to the property.

So you can say stop to the long and frustrating waits; host and guest save time and you can plan your vacation entirely remotely, from your desk: from the first click to choose the house / villa of your dreams to entering the home.

THE DEVICES – Safety boxes, mechanical locks or smart devices allow you to automate the home entry procedure:

  • SAFETY BOX – It can be a padlock container or a box to be attached to the wall near the entrance, where the keys will be left and whose opening is entrusted to a combination previously communicated to the guest.
  • ELECTRONIC LOCK – The lock with digital buttons is easily installed at the entrance with the advantage that the guest will not have to carry the keys with him when moving, thus avoiding losing them and being locked out.
  • SMART LOCK – Access is done remotely via mobile devices. These systems connect to the home intercom and allow you to open the door using a special smartphone application.

ADVANTAGES – Zero waits, no restrictions on entry times. You arrive when you want and enter the house as if it were your home! Contacts between the host and the tourist are reduced considerably without renouncing to have a warm welcome. In fact, all useful information will be provided in advance to the guest who, upon arrival, will only have to get comfortable and enjoy the holidays!

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