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Discovering Grecìa Salentina: Calimera

10 Lug
Mother Church in Calimera

A small town in the Grecìa Salentina, Calimera is one of the municipalities where grìko, a local dialect of Greek derivation, is still spoken. The town, with about 6 thousand inhabitants, is 16 km far from Lecce.

Among the beauties to visit in Calimera, we point out the baroque Mother Church dedicated to San Brizio with an unusual painting of the Madonna della Misericordia in which the Virgin is depicted during pregnancy; a few steps away there is the House Museum of Peasant Civilization and Grika Culture. Outside the city, immersed in the woods, there is the Natural History Museum of Salento which is also a recovery center for wildlife and sea turtles.

S. Vito church in Calimera

Typical of the place is the ritual that is practiced on Easter Monday in the church of S. Vito with the passage in the “stone of fertility”, a monolith with a hole that is crossed as a sign of rebirth.

The debate on the origin of the name is controversial and according to an interpretation it derives from the Greek Καλημέρα (Kalimèra), which means good morning or, according to some scholars, beautiful district (καλλά μερέα, kallá meréa).

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Discovering Grecìa Salentina: Sternatìa

3 Lug
complesso dei Domenicani a Sternatìa

With just over 2,000 inhabitants, Sternatìa is part of the Hellenistic area of Grecìa Salentina where grìko is still preserved today as an idiom, evidence of the influence of ancient Greece. The village is about 16 km from Lecce.

Porta Filìa a Sternatìa

To discover the village of Sternatìa, you have to stop at the former Dominican Convent, now the seat of the Municipality, at the Mother Church dedicated to San Giorgio and the hypogeum oil mill from the 1500s, near Porta Filìa, with Calabrian-style millstone and presses. Do not miss the 600-year-old olive tree that you encounter along the way.

The origin of the name is probably Greek and derives from “sterna” that is cistern, as evidenced by the presence on site of four large cisterns.

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Discovering Grecìa Salentina: Martano

26 Giu
Piazza dei Caduti, Martano

Martano is the most populous town (more than 8 thousand inhabitants) and the capital of the Grecìa Salentina, an area of influence of ancient Greece, where the dialect of Grìko is still spoken.

Monastero dei Cistercensi, Martano

The town, inhabited since prehistoric times, preserves ancient testimonies thanks to the Menhir del Teofilo, the highest in the region. The historic center, very suggestive, is called Borgo Terra with alleys, squares and courtyard houses. The palaces from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century are beautiful, including the Baronial one, once the Aragonese Castle, the Maria SS. Assunta, the former Dominican Convent, seat of the Town Hall and the seventeenth-century Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria della Consolazione with the rich library, the picture gallery and the liqueur shop.

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Discovering Grecìa Salentina: Carpignano Salentino

19 Giu
Carpignano Salentino, palace

With more than 3600 inhabitants, Carpignano Salentino is part of the territory of Grecìa Salentina which still retains the ancient dialect known as grìko. About 25 km from Lecce, the town is about ten minutes from the Adriatic coast, whose nearest seaside resort is Sant’Andrea.

Inhabited since ancient times, Carpignano Salentino preserves the ancient testimonies thanks to the presence of some menhirs: the Grassi menhir and the Croce Grande or Staurotomèa menhir (in Greek Σταυροτομέα).

Carpignano Salentino, detail

From Piazza Duca d’Aosta you enter the alleys and discover the ancient Giudecca enclosed by medieval walls with hanging gardens, 15th century houses, sixteenth-century balconies, the Mother Church and the Ducal Palace. To visit is the underground oil mill and the crypt of S. Cristina from the IX-X century, a masterpiece with ancient frescoes and inscriptions in Greek.

The name of the town derives from that of the Roman centurion Carpinius, but the thesis of a Messapian derivation of the root karp (“stone”, “rock”), for which Carpignano would mean “place placed on a hill”, is equally credited.

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Mobile Phones -> (+39) 366/2604050 – (+39) 392/0202233

“Valle D’Itria”: a wonderful land just next to Salento. Things to see in: Cisternino

13 Feb

Divided between the provinces of Bari, Taranto and Brindisi, the Itria Valley is a portion of central Puglia, whose peculiarities are: the trulli, typical cone-shaped stone houses, and the rural landscape, characterized by the use of local stone used to build dry stone walls. The most beautiful villages are: Ostuni, Alberobello, Martina Franca and Cisternino.

Cisternino

Awarded the “Bandiera arancione” of the Italian Touring Club, Cisternino, perched on the so-called Murgia dei Trulli, is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, where you can stroll through the cobbled alleys of “chianche” and enjoy grilled meat in one of the ” ready stoves “.

The medieval old town, which has remained almost intact, houses the four four districts of “Bère Vécchie“, “Scheledd“, “u Pantène“, “L’ìsule“, which with the outermost one, called “u Bùrie“, make up the small maze of streets and open spaces where whitewashed houses, alleys adorned with geraniums, stairways, loggias and arches alternate. On the walk, you can follow the road that leads to Porta Piccola, through the airy Piazza Vittorio Emanuele with its beautiful Clock Tower.

Also in the old town it is possible to admire the historic residences, from the Governor’s palace, a beautiful example of the Baroque in Puglia, to the sixteenth-century bishop’s palace, from Palazzo Amati to Palazzo Lagravinese, to Palazzo Ricci-Capece with the Torre del Vento.

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“Valle D’Itria”: a wonderful land just next to Salento. Things to see in: Martina Franca

6 Feb

Divided between the provinces of Bari, Taranto and Brindisi, the Itria Valley is a portion of central Puglia, whose peculiarities are: the trulli, typical cone-shaped stone houses, and the rural landscape, characterized by the use of local stone used to build dry stone walls. The most beautiful villages are: Ostuni, Alberobello, Martina Franca and Cisternino.

Martina Franca

Getting lost in the alleys of “U ‘curdunnidd“, the old town that goes from the Church of the Carmine to the Basilica of San Martino, is one of the most interesting activities to do in Martina Franca, a town in the Itria valley that rises on the eastern hills of the Murgia.

The palaces in Baroque and Rococo style, with rich portals with coats of arms and apotropaic masks force you to walk with your nose upwards to admire their beauty. The characteristic white houses that develop vertically embellish the old town along with the sumptuous baroque of Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Martucci, Palazzo Università, Palazzo Motolese, Palazzo Maggi, Palazzo Ancona and the Basilica of Saint martin.

Martina Franca owes its name partly to the devotion to San Martino, who saved its inhabitants from enemy invasions, and partly to the times when Philip of Anjou offered his inhabitants exemptions on the payment of taxes.

You must taste the bocconotti with cream and black cherry or ricotta and you must buy excellent salami, soppressate, pancetta and above all the capocollo, the symbol of the town.

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“Valle D’Itria”: a wonderful land just next to Salento. Things to see in: Alberobello

30 Gen

Divided between the provinces of Bari, Taranto and Brindisi, the Itria Valley is a portion of central Puglia, whose peculiarities are: the trulli, typical cone-shaped stone houses, and the rural landscape, characterized by the use of local stone used to build dry stone walls. The most beautiful villages are: Ostuni, Alberobello, Martina Franca and Cisternino.

Alberobello

Thanks to the impressive expanse of trulli of which they are the symbol, Alberobello has been recognized as a World Heritage Site since 1996.

Immersed in the heart of the Murgia, at 50 km from Bari, the village of Alberobello is unique in the world thanks to the dry stone houses, whitewashed with quicklime and with a cone-shaped roof, built with exposed stone. Crosses, pierced hearts and zodiac symbols decorate the roof of each trullo, which still retains its mystery intact today.

The old town is a maze of winding alleys and characteristic squares that intertwine in the Rione Monti, where the “Siamese trulli” stand out, with their original two-cone roof, the Church of Sant’Antonio and the Trullo Sovrano. Do not miss the Museum of the Territory, housed in a complex of communicating trulli, and the House of Love, today a precious tourist information point, the first building in the entire town built with lime and mortar.

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“Valle D’Itria”: a wonderful land just next to Salento. Things to see in: Ostuni

25 Gen

Divided between the provinces of Bari, Taranto and Brindisi, the Itria Valley is a portion of central Puglia, whose peculiarities are: the trulli, typical cone-shaped stone houses, and the rural landscape, characterized by the use of local stone used to build dry stone walls. The most beautiful villages are: Ostuni, Alberobello, Martina Franca and Cisternino.

Ostuni

Known as the “White City”, Ostuni is a labyrinth of alleys, palaces with Baroque railings, period lamps and stairways with the sea in the background. Perched on three hills, the village rises 218 m above sea level and it is just 8 km from the Adriatic coast.

The medieval village owes its name to the houses whitewashed with lime, a practice still strictly respected by its residents. The maze of alleys that make up the old town reminds of an Arab kasbah. The old city is called the “terra” and is distinguished from the more recent one called “marina”.

Artisan shops, typical restaurants and small shops decorate the picturesque alleys. At the center of the village stands the fifteenth-century Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria dell’Assunzione, a national monument since 1902, which stands on the top of the highest hill of the city.

The Cathedral, the heart of Ostuni, is in Romanesque-Gothic style with a large rose window with 24 rays of rare beauty.

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Mobile Phones -> (+39) 366/2604050 – (+39) 392/0202233

What will the summer 2022 be like? The trends for the next season

23 Gen

Eco-sustainability, cleanliness of the rooms, great desire of travel. These are the trends that Italian tourism will have to deal with for the 2022 season. A trend, which began last year and which, with encouraging data, will also accompany the Italians next summer.

For the third consecutive year, the tourism sector will have to contend with restrictions and safety protocols to convince millions of tourists, Italians and non-Italians, to move to the borders of the Italy. But the data appears to be encouraging. Despite the new variant and the general climate of unpredictability that this has brought, the insiders will not be caught unprepared and will be ready to meet the needs of the “homo turisticus” which seem to confirm the trends similar to the pre-pandemic tourism ones.

Sustainability, digitization, international tourism will therefore be the watchwords for the 2022 tourist season. The climate of general uncertainty is counterbalanced by the desire to start traveling again of many tourists.

The trend of traveling as revenge to Covid and confinement has been renamed “revenge travel” which will prompt many tourists to book for the 2022 holidays. The new season will still be marked by national tourism, car travel will be privileged but less than in 2021. Encouraging data, however, also come from international tourism which timidly appeared last season and which will increase the positive trend also in that of 2022.

There are three factors that lead us to think that the presence of foreign tourists, especially Europeans, will start to grow again:

  • fewer restrictions on international mobility;
  • the global increase in vaccination and greater confidence;
  • digital certification
  • great desire to travel after a period of restrictions

Holiday homes, possibly with garden and swimming pool, accessories such as wi-fi and air conditioning, cleaning and sanitation of the rooms will be the most sought after features by Italians for their holidays.

The tourist of the 2022 season will be an attentive one, who will evaluate the destination and the services considering the sanitary measures, as well as the level of infection of the destination. He is a tourist who needs information and reassurance.

Not only. Sustainability will be another factor to look at. Environmental concern and the awakening of travelers’ conscience mean that these are trends that tourism cannot fail to consider. This translates into destinations and facilities that will have more at heart proposals with respect for the environment and with attention to the use of local products.

The Italian seaside destinations have confirmed themselves as the favorite destinations for both Italians and foreigners. This trend which, together with the preference for non-hotel facilities and holiday homes, is destined to be reconfirmed also for the 2022 season.

The “Sentiment score”, or the index that measures the level of holiday satisfaction and the “Covid safety index”, the safety index with respect to anti-Covid measures expressed by tourists, have already reached more than positive percentages in the past season. A sign that bodes well and encourages insiders to continue working on the line already undertaken last year, trying to do even better for the 2022 season.

Pre-pandemic levels of 2019 and the longer duration of the season compared to the previous one seem to the main features of the next season, thanks to the return of foreign tourists, whose frequency, in time intervals complementary to those of the Italians (July-August), will also cover the months of April- May and September-October.

Here you will find some useful advice for your vacation in Salento:

holiday houses -> www.casesalento.com

Holiday luxury villas -> www.villesalento.it

email -> info@villesalento.it

Mobile Phones -> (+39) 366/2604050 – (+39) 392/0202233

“Routes of taste” in Salento: Zollino, Spongano, Seclì e Ortelle

18 Lug

In local inns or in the most elegant restaurants, the typical cuisine of Salento is a real art that is celebrated on every self-respecting table. From fish dishes, in coastal resorts, to grilled meat typical of the hinterland, you will only have to choose and you will discover, through the flavors, a fundamental part of this land. In this “road map of taste” we advise you where to go and what to eat.

ZOLLINO – In the countryside of Zollino, the selection of the seeds by local farmers has made it possible to preserve some particular types of legumes that enjoy the De.Co. “Pisello nano” and broad bean (with a more flattened appearance and a pod with no more than 5 seeds) are included in the traditional agri-food productions of the Apulia Region. Also famous are chickpea, black chickpea, lentils and white beans.

But Zollino is not just a land of legumes. The symbol of this village is the “scéblasti”, a dough of bread seasoned with courgettes, olives, onions, capers and chilli which in griko means “without shape”.

SPONGANO – It is the homeland of “cunserva mara“, a tasty homemade preserve obtained from the sun drying of sweet peppers, hot peppers and tomatoes, which are then mixed in a perfect sauce to be spread on wheat bread or bruschetta.

SECLI’– It is the village famous for the “bits” of horse meat, to which a festival is dedicated every year after August 15th. The main course is accompanied by other recipes, always based on horse meat, prepared by the butchers of the town.

ORTELLE – In October Ortelle, on the occasion of the feast of San Vito, celebrates the pig Or.Vi., raised according to ancient methods following a specific protocol. The result is a delicate and tasty meat, with which sausage, ribs, skewers and capocollo are packaged for grilling or boiled or with sauce. Typical of Ortelle is also the “pirilla”, a homemade bread flavored with pieces of tomato, pumpkin, onion, black olives and, sometimes, raisins.

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