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Is Apulia among your preferred holidays destination choices?

October is still the right time for enjoying a holiday abroad.

The weather is still mild in Apulia, in the South of Italy, and you can’t miss the opportunity for exploring villages of art, then sitting in a small square by a café and enjoying a good cup of coffee or a delicious ice cream.

Are you planning your holidays abroad in the next 6 months?
Is Apulia, in the South of Italy, among your preferred holiday destinations choices, by chance?

You are welcome to visit our webpages and check for our offers about an ideal accommodation very close to the historical center in Lecce. Thank you!

For more details, please check here: Book Sieglinde Apt – from € 99/night | My Holidays in Apulia®

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June 13th: religious rites and ancient traditions for celebrating a humble Saint

It is early morning, about 27.5°C, when, from the highway Lecce – Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca (exit Galatone), I head to Seclì, a village in the South West of Apulia. Indeed, it is not too far from the Ionian coast.

The small ancient church, dedicated to S. Antonio, (one of the patron saints of the village), is on the right side, at the beginning of the main street, which leads to the center of the village. The church was built around the end of the 16th Century together with the ancient monastery, where friars belonging to the order of Friars Minor lived following the Franciscan Rule.

On June 13th, in the early morning, locals and even people on foot from the neighboroughood, get to the church for the celebration of the mass in honor of the humble saint, on small pilgrimages made of prayers and old singing.

A very suggestive moment in all the celebration is when local bakeries and common people offer and share “the holy bread of S. Antonio” with the community, as sign of deep devotion toward the saint and old ritual to express thanks at the reaping time, which happens again and again one year after an other.

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Barockkunst in Lecce, im Süden Apuliens

Es ist der Beginn des Sommers und wir freuen uns, wieder mit neuer Fotografie zu beginnen. Hier sind wir in Lecce, im Süden Apuliens. Kommen Sie mit mir für einen Spaziergang?
Ein gutes Wochenende für alle!

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Sounds of May

Here we are finally reconnecting to nature! Let’s focus on the beautiful shots taken recently in this month of May. We are in the middle of Spring and now, more than ever, we have been given the great privilege of enjoying wonderful outstretched views, majestic natural landscapes made of bucolic simplicity, having a dip into local history and art. Indeed, these are among the featured elements, which make our Apulia land to look like a huge natural work space that is worth a visit.

Welcome!

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2021 Easter – A special wish

Hello, here we are in the Easter week again! On this very special occasion, it is our own desire, first of all, to express a feeling of compassion on those, who are struggling against covid, hoping they could have soon a good recovery from it. Then, we would like to take the chance to be close to our customers, followers, friends and their own families to wish all the very best for a blessed Easter season. Of course, it is also our own wish to start with full activity in the hospitality field as soon as safer measures for the health of everybody will help and finally let us welcome our guests again for their holiday stay by our family accommodations here in Apulia, in the south of Italy. Thank you 🙏🌱🐣✨💖

Cathedral, rose window
Aprikosblommor
Under the peach tree
A cloud of pink peach flowers

A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give it weight in one’s own life. There is an urge to say ‘I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me’. ” – Alain de Botton
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Enjoying Art in Apulia

Santa Caterina D'Alessandria Basilika

Soon, museums and special places of historical, artistic, spiritual architectural value and importance will open their doors again to both locals and travellers coming from other areas of the Country. Hopefully, these places of culture will be soon also available and enjoyable to visitors from other Countries, who can finally come to visit Italy again in safe conditions. Among a wide range of cultural spots, which are worth a visit in the South of Apulia, is Santa Caterina d’Alessandria basilica, that is a splendid gem of Romanesque and Gothic architectural style in Apulia region.

It takes only 20/30 minutes from Lecce to reach this wonderful monument in Galatina by car. Besides, it is possible to park free and within a very short distance from the small square, in the historical center, where the basilica is situated. These pics were taken some time ago during a guided tour. On that occasion, a friendly and well trained guide introduced the amazing sceneries and frescoes of the basilica to visitors.

Raimondello Orsini Del Balzo, a nobleman of the Kingdom of Naples, belonging to one of the most influential noble families in Italy between the Middle Age and the Renaissance era, was the main customer of the basilica that was built on the preexistent foundations of a Byzantine church. Later on, after he died, his wife, Maria d’Enghien, countess of Lecce, kept on with the leading role of costumer and ordered the execution of the precious frescoes, which nowadays we can admire in the basilica, to artists coming from different areas of Italy and basically from Giotto and the Senese school of painting.

The legend tells that Prince Raimondello, coming from Holy Land, stopped by the Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai region to pray on the corps of the saint. They say, Raimondello, while in the act of kissing her hand, took one of her fingers with him and hid it until he was in Italy. That finger is nowadays preciously treasured relic in the monastery next to the basilica.

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Between earth and sky

Waiting for Summer
After an uncertain weather, this early morning, finally here came the sun for saying good morning and wishing a good new week.
It was time for driving along the Ionian coast, in the south of Apulia, to breath and contemplate the outstretched sea view.
It was time for driving along the Ionian coast, in the south of Apulia, to breath and contemplate the outstretched sea view.
Blue crystal waters were calm and it was wonderful to stay there for little while, to listen to the regular sound of the waves chasing each other until fading on the sea shore, while the sun gently touched their foamy surface and made it shine.
Serendipity. Few people on the small golden beach, made of very fine sand, and little children playing in a light-hearted mood.
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A safe new start

New gem

After some weeks of ‘staying safe at home’, it is time for a new beginning and new perspectives by keeping safe measures upon every day life. Wishing a good week to everybody! <3

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” ― Khalil Gibran

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Walk in progress

Abericot

“The earth has music for those who listen” – William Shakespeare

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Step 2

My Holidays in Apulia

Good morning, stay safe and keep on running! Wishing everybody a good new week