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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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My Holidays in Apulia®

My Holidays in Apulia®

In this peculiar moment our world is going through, which requires spirit of adaptability, our thoughts go to those, who risk to get ill and doctors, nursing staff and volunteers, who are struggling every day facing illness in the huge effort to save life of patients. We hope we will overcome this hard challenge soon and in the best way possible. No doubt this unpleasant situation is also an economic challenge for a lot of people, in specific way, those, who are engaged in the tourism field, like us, since travellers, tourists, customers cannot travel as usual. We thank you all, who kindly are showing warmth and sympathy. We are glad and touched by the very special friendship feeling we have with you all. Many thanks for being all together. We hope to be back to a more normal situation as soon as possible. Please, be safe for yourselves and for your loved ones. Thank you

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Der Frühling steht vor der Tür

My Holidays in Apulia

“Jede Reise, jede Wanderschaft ist ein Aufbruch zu neuen Ufern, ein Sprengen der Ketten, die uns an den Felsen des Alltäglichen und Gewohnten schmieden”. – Carl Peter Fröhling

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Wandern in Apulien

My Holidays in Apulia

“Die erhabene Sprache der Natur, die Töne der bedürftigen Menschheit lernt nur der Wanderer kennen”. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

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Book a Cooking Lesson in Apulia

Home-made orecchiette for cooking lesson in Apulia

We are very glad to announce our new dates for culinary classes in seasons 2021/2022 in Lecce at Sieglinde apartment (CIS:LE07503591000000616)

You may choose among:

–  5 Days Cooking Lessons

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– One or Two Days Cooking lessons
in seasons 2021 and 2022:

– October 25th – October 29th 2021

Culinary Classes: Monday, October 25th – Friday, October 29th 2021 in Lecce, Apulia

–  April 25th – April 29th 2022

Culinary Classes: Monday, April 25th – Friday, April 29th 2022 in Lecce, Apulia

–  May 23rd – May 27th 2022

Culinary Classes: Monday, May 23rd – Friday, May 27th 2022 in Lecce, Apulia

–  June 20th – June 24th 2022

Culinary Classes: Monday, June 20th – Friday, June 24th 2022 in Lecce, Apulia

–  September 12th – September 16th 2022                                                                                                                                                                                                  Culinary Classes: Monday, September 12th – Friday, September 16th 2022 in Lecce, Apulia

–  October 24th – October 28th 2022

Culinary Classes: Monday, October 24th – Friday, October 28th 2022 in Lecce, Apulia

These Cooking Lessons and Culinary Classes are ideal for children and ‘older children’, for experiencing and tasting the ancient flavors of the poor authentic Apulia gastronomy. You are very welcome, thank you!

– Total Cost/ 5 Days Cooking Lessons* is € 225 x person (all inclusive: full immersion Hands on Cooking  Lessons Program  + dinners ).

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– Total Cost/ One Day Cooking Lesson is € 45 x person (all inclusive – homemade different kinds of  traditional pasta fresca – dinner + wine )

– Total Cost /One Day Cooking Lesson is € 30 x children (all inclusive – easy recipes + dinner)

–  Total Cost/ Two Days Cooking Lesson is €70 x person  (all inclusive – Italian recipes for food  lovers and gourmets + dinners + wine)

– All cooking lessons last about 3/3,5 hours. Availability for 6 guests.

– Join us for a visit by vineries and local cellars and enjoy grape harvest 2022! Be in contact with nature and taste the ancient tradition of making good wine.

– For more info or for booking your culinary date, you are welcome to contact us  here, thank you :