Tremiti islands, pearls in the Adriatic sea

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In front of the Gargano peninsula lies a miniature paradise surrounded by the blue sea: the Tremiti islands.

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Tremiti are a delightful archipelago of three islands (San Nicola, San Domino and Capraia), 36km offshore of the Gargano peninsula, in the Northern part of Apulia.

Its picturesque sight of raggedy cliffs, sandy coves and thick pine woods, surrounded by the glittering dark-blue fascinates the happy few travelers happy enough  to spend there a few days . Tremiti islands are a maritime reserve, and their surprisingly clear deep blue water make them a real wonder of nature for snorkeling and. diving enthusiasts.

Evocative sunsets can be admired from the Island of San Nicola where, at sunset, a soft rosy color paints the whole panorama.

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Like many other awesome islands (such as Ponza and Procida), the islands were used for the internment of political prisoners during Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime. Indeed, a good reason to fight for political freedom!

Ferry services from the mainland operate from Termoli, Foggia, Vieste, Rodi Garganico and Capoiale.In order to savour the islands’ tranquillity visit during the shoulder season, avoiding July and August, when the small islands receive a sometimes excessive quantity of tourists.

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Gallipoli, the “beautiful town” of Salento

Discover Gallipoli, a fascinating fortified fishing village in the Salento region.

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When viewed from the sea, Gallipoli’s white skyline reveals itself in all of its oriental beauty, resembling a village of the Cyclades islands.

Gallipoli is a fishing village Named from the Greek Kallipolis, meaning beautiful city. Located on the southeastern coast of the ‘’Italian heel’’, Gallipoli is celebrated for its crystal clear blue sea and the sandy beaches that make its territory one of the most cherished natural attractions of Salento.

The old town, perched on a limestone islet, is connected to the mainland via an arched bridge. The walls, ramparts and towers that once defended the city from foreign raiders, now accomodate delightful bars and cozy restaurants, and confer the city a special charm that takes visitors back in time.

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Every sight highlights Gallipoli deep bond to the sea: the tiny colorful boats, the sea urchin sellers in the market, the seagulls… and the great seafood market!

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Once you have completed the city walls tour, just wander and loose yourself in the narrow old streets.

Absolutely not to be missed, the baroque cathedral dedicated to Saint Agatha. It is located in the heart of the historical center, at the crossroads of two of the islet’s main streets, Via Antonietta de Pace and Via Duomo. Built with the characteristic Lecce limestone, the cathedral is a a splendid example of Gallipoli baroque architecture, even though the streets are so narrow that admiring (and taking picture of) its facade is a major challenge!

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While admiring the baroque decorations, I noticed this original arm shaped candle holder!

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If you feel hungry, the restaurant La Puritate is the best of in the old town. You will find it on the city walls (ask to eat in the beautiful veranda!)

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Your final destination for a nap and a swim: the crystal clear blue water of Gallipoli beaches!

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Enjoy Gallipoli!

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Summer night in Lecce

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Have a magical summer night in Lecce, the Florence of the South

Lecce is the Apulia region jewel, and one of the most fascinating southern Italian town.

Capital of the Salento (the southernmost part of the Italian heel), Lecce is nicknamed “The Florence of the South” because of its awesome Baroque monuments. Wandering in a summer night in its century old, stone paved streets is simply magic. Discover with me its main square, piazza del Duomo, after the crowds are gone and the full moon lights up its golden limestone monuments.

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But Lecce is not only art: Salento offers some of the best Mediterranean dishes you could find in Southern Italy, often inspired by the “poor” traditional cooking, based on vegetables and fresh pasta. An excellent place to taste it, a few steps away from Piazza del Duomo is the lovely restaurant all’ombra del Barocco. We tasted a tasteful dish of Ciceri and Tria (fresh home made pasta with a cheakpeas) and a great Primitivo di Manduria wine, in a vaulted ceiling century old dining room.

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If you plan to visit Lecce and have your own car, you should experience sleeping in an old Masseria (typical old manor farm, converted in country house hotels). We stayed in Masseria Vittoria, a charming four rooms “boutique masseria”, only 15 minutes away from Lecce city center.

Enjoy Lecce!

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