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Up, up in the sky

It was about a month ago, on February 23rd, when we took off from Brindisi airport and we looked at these stunning views of the Adriatic coast from the skyes of Apulia. Enjoy the video and a good weekend to everybody!

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In the mid of February 2022

A walk in the Baroque city lights

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Be at work, feel like at home

Are you going to travel for some time and planning to visit Italy within the next few months?

Is your intention to take your family or dearest ones with for enjoying more time all together?

Are you looking for a cosy place to stay in the South of Italy, while experiencing local life, visiting cities of art, tasting good food and, at the same time, you keep on running your daily business activities?

You are very welcome to visit our web pages at My Holidays in Apulia®
– Check for more information about Sieglinde, our family property in Lecce, in the South of Apulia region (CIS: LE07503591000000616).
– You may contact us for availabilities and prices throughout the year.
Thank you

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Afternoon up on the hills of Apulia

It was time for a gorgeous drive along the winding streets of the undulating hills among Brindisi, Bari and Taranto provinces. When we left the city of Lecce, the weather was nice and mild, indeed it was 26° C. Later on, after one hour and a half of driving, the tempearature was around 22° C and the sky had a light veil of clouds, which enhanced the mellowness of the soil and the honeyed palette of colors that nature uses to offer as gift during the Autumn season.

Once more we witnessed a masterwork of nature. Reverberating golden light and pink streakings painted the sky above ploughed fields, these latter as powerful expression of hard work and daily life in the surrounding area. That modern view of a rural frame, which reminded of the meticulous telling of great artists about authentic life in the countryside.

Wishing everybody a beautiful weekend!

 

 “It is nature that makes wheat and grass grow, but it is art that prepares the soil”.Giovanni Battista Della Porta

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Do you need a place for your workation?

Are you thinking about your next holidays, maybe in the South of Italy?

Are you planning to live abroad with your family for a short while, taking your own chance for enjoying some time all together?

Do you need a place for your workation?

Sieglinde (CIS: LE07503591000000616) is a beautiful, well-catered 19th century vaulted ceilinged apartment, only few steps away from the historical center of Lecce, a Baroque art jewel of Apulia. The cosy living – fire place area is where guests can find relax by listening to music or reading a good book chosen from the shelf. Besides, it is an ideal area for drinking a toast to the Italian holiday, enjoying a BBQ or a fine romantic dinner by candle light. What is more, guests may also take advantage of the free internet wifi connection by keeping on job activities even though they are on holiday.

Through the eyes of their host, Giuseppa Sallustio, it was the cosy feeling of home for her guests, friends, families who chose Lecce for their Christmas holidays.

They had great time visiting the old center of Lecce, in the South of Italy, enjoying its art, exploring the coasts without missing the chance of a long drive in the beautiful Itria Valley and then having good food all together by the fire place.

Your visit at My Holidays in Apulia® webpages is very welcome. Thank you!

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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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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.