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Unesco World Heritage Site, Puglia’s wonderful sites

25 Apr

What have Alberobello, Castel Del Monte, Basilica of San Michele Arcangelo and Umbra Forest in common? Well, apart from the fact that they are all situated in Puglia, not everyone knows that the four locations are included in the Unesco list as a World Heritage Site.

The natural, cultural and historical beauty of Puglia is often under the eyes of the visitors who every year choose to spend their holiday here. But in this case, the uniqueness of the places is formally certified by Unesco. The identification, protection and transmission to the future generations of the cultural and natural heritage of the whole world are among the main missions of UNESCO. 

ALBEROBELLO – Inserted in the Unesco list since 1996, Alberobello is truly unique in the world for its cone-shaped buildings. These are ancient houses with a cone-shaped roof made with exposed stones, built with the “muretto a secco” technique and whitewashed with quicklime. Crosses, pierced hearts and zodiac symbols decorate the top of each trullo.

The Trulli of Alberobello

In the Rione Monti, about 1000 trulli wind through the narrow alleys, among which the “Siamese trulli” stand out, with their original two-cone roof, the Church of Sant’Antonio and the Trullo Sovrano. Do not miss the Territory Museum, housed in a complex of communicating trulli, and the House of Love, today a tourist information point, the first building in the entire town, built with lime and mortar.

CASTEL DEL MONTE – Full of symbolism and unique in its kind, the fortress, in the shape of an octagonal crown, is the expression of the eccentric genius of Frederick II of Swabia, who had it built in a Gothic and Norman style. It is now well known that the recurrence of the number 8, in the form of the rooms and in numerous details, is no a coincidence, which is why the Castle is considered by some to be an esoteric monument.

Located at 540 meters above sea level, on a gentle hill about 20 km from Andria, the manor offers a breathtaking view of the sunset. The fortress, included in the UNESCO list since 1996, was perhaps used as an astronomical observatory or an imposing hunting lodge.

BASILICA DI SAN MICHELE ARCANGELO – Kept within the small town of Monte Sant’Angelo in Foggia, the Basilica of San Michele is a precious testimony of Lombard art in Italy. A staircase carved into the rock leads to the “Grotta sacra”, the place where the Archangel appeared and today a famous pilgrimage destination.

In the Junno district, the oldest part of the village, you get lost in the alleys where you can breathe the scent of the tradition of the typical “stuffed hosts”: sweets stuffed with almonds and honey. Do not miss the visit to the Norman castle, residence of Frederick II, the Tomb of Rotari and the complex of San Francesco. While 8 km from the town, among dozens of hermitages carved into the rock, stands the Abbey of Santa Maria di Pulsano, perched on a spike overlooking the gulf.

UMBRA FOREST – In spite of the name, the beech woods of the Umbra forest, in the heart of the Gargano promontory, have nothing to do with the region of central Italy, but owe their name to the Latin derivation of “umbra”, that means dark and shady.

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In the Unesco list since 2017, the area of ​​beech forests, which extends for a perimeter of 399 hectares, is part of a natural heritage of high ecological, historical and cultural value: the majestic plants are among the oldest in Europe and reach a height of almost 50 meters. The site also boasts another prestigious recognition: the inclusion in the list of the five most beautiful woods in the world by the National Geographic magazine.

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Natural oasis of Salento: the park of “Costa Otranto-Santa Maria di Leuca e bosco di Tricase”

21 Mar

The zinzuli (the stalactites) that give the name to the Grotta della Zinzulusa and the prehistoric pictograms of the Grotta dei Cervi are just some of the most famous destinations that the park contains, an expanse of over 3000 hectares that rises in one of the most spectacular stretches of the Salento coast, along the eastern side.

Established in 2006, the park falls within the territory of 12 coastal municipalities of Salento, from Otranto to Tricase, passing through Castro. This offers a variety of panoramas ranging from the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, with stretches of high and rocky coast, to fields dotted with country walls.

On the road that leads from Tricase to the sea stands the “Vallonea of ​​the Hundred Knights”, an example of centuries-old oak unique in Western Europe.

The park’s flora is very rich and varied and includes numerous rarities, from the Leuca cornflower to the Alisso and from Giacomini’s Veccia to orchids. Without forgetting the expanses of sea fennel and salicornia fruticosa that cover the cliffs overlooking the sea. The monk seal made its last appearance in the region right here, while nourished colonies of bats inhabit the humid caverns of various caves. To find out other natural parks in Salento, read here.

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Things to do if you’re on holidays in Salento in September

16 Ago

Uncrowded beaches, mild temperatures, many events: spending your holidays in September in Salento means enjoying the most beautiful sides of summer without the crowds of the August holidays.

If you have chosen the month of September for your holiday, Salento will be your ideal destination. That’s why. Continua a leggere

Exploring Salento, the land of Salice Salentino wine

28 Giu

Together with Primitivo and Negroamaro, Salice Salentino is the third native wine of Salento. Local food and wine products are an original and “tasty” way to explore our land and its culinary traditions. Together with the classic touristic itineraries among beaches and sea, we offer you a short trip between the provinces of Lecce and Brindisi, to discover the Salice Salentino.

PRODUCTION

Salice Salentino is a DOC wine, whose production takes place in the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce. Veglie, Guagnano and Campi Salentina, in the province of Lecce, San Pancrazio Salentino, Sandonaci and Cellino San Marco, in the province of Brindisi, are the municipalities where the wine is produced, from the vines Negroamaro, black Malvasia of Brindisi and black Malvasia of Lecce.

Salice Salentino is divided into six different types of wine, among which there are red, white, rosé and pinot bianco (also present with the sparkling type), sweet aleatico and sweet liqueur aleatico.

FEATURES

The wine has a more or less intense ruby ​​red color. The smell is pleasant and intense, while the flavor is robust but velvety. These properties make Salice Salentino particularly recommended on roasts, strong cheeses and game.

HISTORY

The origin of the DOC denomination of Salice Salentino is due to Senator Arcangelo de Castris, who, thanks to his winery “Leone De Castris”, has managed to affirm the value of this particular wine in Italy and worldwide. The winery, one of the oldest still in operation, was founded in 1665 by Duke Oronzo Arcangelo Maria Francesco De Castris, count of Lemos.

In the early 1800s the winery began exporting wine to the United States, Germany and France. Five Roses was born in 1943, the company’s best-known product and the first rosé wine to be bottled and marketed in Italy and immediately exported to the United States.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

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Exploring Salento, the land of Primitivo wine

14 Giu

Do you want to explore Salento in an different way? We suggest you an alternative way to visit our land, following the Via del Primitivo, a wine of local production which, together with Negroamaro, is one of the main products of Salento. Through a path that combines taste with history, we discover the origins and properties of this wonderful grape variety.

From Manduria to Lizzano, passing through S. Giorgio Jonico, Pulsano, Leporano, San Marzano di San Giuseppe, Sava and Avetrana, here they are the villages where we can find Primitivo wine. With a red color and an intense flavor, Primitivo goes well with cheeses, legume soups, grilled lamb.

FEATURES

Always used as a cutting wine, today Primitivo di Manduria represents one of the main product of Salento’s enology. The notes of sweet and ripe fruit (blackberries, cherries, plums) and spices define the taste of Primitivo, a wine with low acidity and high alcohol content.

Dry as a meal or natural dessert, the wine goes perfectly with grilled meats or aged cheeses. Primitivo is also the perfect companion for traditional Apulian sweets with ricotta, almond and dried fig fillings. A glass of Primitivo is fine even if tasted alone: you’ll be able to appreciate its particular notes. There are two different types: Primitivo di Manduria DOC and Primitivo di Manduria natural sweet DOCG.

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HISTORY

It is not clear when the vine came in Salento. Maybe it was the ancient Greeks who brought it here or the Romans from Dalmatia. In fact, the wine is genetically very similar to the Crljenak Kastelsnski cultivated from Istria to the Sabbioncello peninsula. Another descendant from Primitivo is Zinfandel, a California cult species. In fact, it seems that, in the early nineteenth century, it was exported overseas by some Apulian migrant.

For the production of wine, the harvests take place at night, the only time when you can have respite from the heat and the sun. In 2011, in the Dolce Naturale version, the Primitivo becomes DOCG, protected and enhanced by the presence of the Primitivo Protection Consortium.

ITINERARIES

The Primitivo paths unfold in unparalleled naturalistic scenarios. We suggest you to bring comfortable shoes and a camera to capture the enchanting landscapes, such as the Natural Reserves of the Eastern Tarantino Coast: from the salt pans animated by numerous species of birds, including pink flamingos, to the marshes embellished with multiple varieties of orchids, holm oak woods and the presence of the Chidro river, custodian of Roman necropolises.

Lastly, we recommend a visit to the Museum of the Primitive Wine Civilization, testimony of the social history and agrarian vocation of this land.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

holiday houses -> www.casesalento.com

Holiday luxury villas -> www.villesalento.it

email -> info@villesalento.it

Mobile Phones -> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/461763

Holidays in Salento, things to see in the villages of Grecìa Salentina

5 Apr

In the hinterland of Salento, about 20 km from Lecce, there are a group of villages, united by an ancient linguistic and cultural tradition. Grecìa salentina is a testimony of what remains in the centuries of the Greek influence in this area. The villages that still speak “Griko” today, a mixture of Greek and local dialect, are eleven: Calimera, Carpignano Salentino, Castrignano de ’Greci, Corigliano d’Otranto, Cutrofiano, Martano, Martignano, Melpignano, Soleto, Sternatia and Zollino. Continua a leggere

Now it’s the best time to book a holiday villa! That’s why!

3 Apr

For you who don’t want to give up to your long-awaited vacation, this is an excellent time to book the property of your dreams. Why? Find out by reading this article.

In this period, when we are asked to stay at home, we have the opportunity to dedicate to ourselves and to our beloved ones, we have the chance to look after our favorite hobbies and we have more time… to book a holiday villa! Why not? Thinking about the future and, therefore, our holidays is one of the best ways to have a positive attitude and think about what will come with optimism.

Not only. To book now, it’s even more convenient! Reserving now means to get exceptional advantages for the reasons below.

THE PRICE & SECURITY NOT TO LOSE THE DOWN-PAYMENT

Due to the current situation, we offer you the best economic conditions. In addition to having a great price, we assure you not to lose your down payment. If the emergency continued beyond the end of the holiday, the amount already paid will be kept as a credit to be spent until the end of November 2021.

BEST CHOICE

The range of options among the proposed solutions is richer and it will be easier for you to find the best holiday house. Here you will find many fantastic accommodations, with sea view or with swimming pool → www.CaseSalento.com

SERVICES INCLUDED

To reward those who have decided to book, many services, which generally you shoud have paid for them, are included (for example, final cleaning, welcome refreshment, etc.)

SAFETY IN HOLIDAY HOMES

The vacation in villas or holiday houses always takes place in conditions of extreme security. Meticulous cleaning is one of the most cared aspect. Furthermore, there aren’t many people around in the same house and the spaces between one customer and another are perfectly sanitized.

So, take this chance and spend your ideal holiday! You can book your wonderful villa safely and at a great price and, in the meantime, the current situation will have improved. 😉

We hug the people who do everything possible to face and overcome this moment well and we remind you that, to support civil protection, you can make a donation here.

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Salento, things to see in Porto Cesareo on holidays

29 Mar

The almost 17 km of sandy coast makes Porto Cesareo the most visited summer tourist destination of Salento. Fine sandy beaches bathed by a crystal clear sea with a low seabed that rises only several meters away from the coast characterize this small village overlooking the Ionian Sea. Continua a leggere

Salento, things to see in Santa Maria di Leuca during your holidays

22 Mar

Visiting Santa Maria di Leuca looks like feeling on the edge of the world. The village, called by the Romans “De finibus terrae“, is the southest point of Italy.

If you are on holiday in Salento, it is worth making a stop here to discover the history, the monuments, the natural beauty and the beaches of one of the most fascinating site of Italy. Continua a leggere

The holiday homes are safe: impeccable cleaning and few visitors

18 Mar

Whether you have opted for a house with a garden near the sea or have instead chosen a beautiful villa with swimming pool, there is a fundamental aspect that no traveler neglects when choosing where to spend their holidays: cleaning!

That’s why we at Ville Salento offer an impeccable service, meticulously sanitizing all environments. Here we explain how.

CLEANING, AN ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT

We know that the cleanliness of the villas / houses that we rent to our guests is a far from secondary aspect of the holiday. In recent years, we are dealing with an increasingly attentive and demanding clientele on this aspect. Arriving after hours of travel by car or plane and finding a sanitized, clean and fragrant environment is the best way to start your stay, feeling pampered like at home.

So, whether it’s a luxury villa or a house near the beach, the Ville Salento team pays the same attention to the careful sanitization of the rooms.

DEEP CARE FOR HYGIENIZATION

For the cleaning of the structures we rely on a team of experts who do their utmost to guarantee a high-profile service. Our professionals, in fact, are part of our team and know perfectly well that their work is essential to give our guests an unforgettable stay.

Specifically, the sanitization of the rooms takes place through a thorough disinfection of all rooms, from the bedrooms to the kitchen and living room, with careful control of all surfaces, such as light switches, door handles, wardrobes, drawers, etc. .

The careful cleaning of the rooms takes place through effective tools (such as the use of vacuum cleaners, microfibre cloths, brushes) and specific products to make cleaning as meticulous as possible such as bleach, alcohol, glass cleaners, multipurpose cleaners for the kitchen and floors and disinfectants for toilets, bathtubs and other germ-prone areas.

This dedication to cleaning our villas guarantees high standards of hygiene between the stay of one guest and another. In addition, our villas / holiday homes welcome families or small groups of friends or people belonging to the same family. This guarantees a stay in complete safety also from the hygienic-sanitary point of view.

To come on holiday in Salento in one of our villas / houses, visit our sites:

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For info:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

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