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Galatina, Città d'Arte; a mini Lecce, and home to some of Puglia's most famous churches

Galatina is a beautiful historical town in the heart of the Salentine Peninsular, within easy reach of the Adriatic and Ionian coast-lines, Puglia's "Lands End" (Sta Maria di Leuca), as well as the baroque provincial capital, Lecce. Galatina itself has some beautiful baroque architecture and some of Puglia's most famous churches, and as a result is often referred to as a "mini Lecce".

Of these churches, there is the Basilica di Santa Caterina, renowned for its beautiful fourteenth-century frescoes that cover its interior. The main square also features the incredibly impressive San Pietro. Perhaps the most famous of all the churches (and the most under-stated) however is the chapel of San Paolo. The chapel is located a small distance from the town square and is steeped in history. There is a legend which says that water from its well has the power to heal those who have been bitten by the tarantula. From this legend comes the annual Festival of the Tarantula, a tradition where would-be bite victims make their way to the well to be healed, whilst dancing to the pizzica (music that is typical of the area). I feel it's important to point out, there are no tarantulas in the area now so there's no need to be worried!

The festival is called "La Notte della Taranta" and traditionally takes place on San Paolo's feast days (28th and 29th June). Festivities usually start early and finish late in Galatina, where there is music and dancing, as well as a huge fair of rides and market stalls.

As well as the beautiful historical buildings within Galatina, many of which date back to the 16th century, you can also find a wealth of restaurants, bars and shops. During the day, your time can be spent drifting between cafe's, bakeries and gelato ice-cream shops, whilst in the evening the town centre comes alive with people eating at fantastic restaurants, admiring the flood-lit architecture and frequenting the many bars, listening to live concerts in the town square, or visiting some of the many shops

Due to its location just south of Lecce, Galatina offers an ideal base for sightseeing and exploring Southern Puglia. Not only this, but because the town is away from the tourist hotspots on the coast, the town is still lively and vibrant out of season, yet not overcrowded during the summer months.

Written by James Cullingford - Owner of Property 89993 in Galatina, Italy

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We received a warm welcome from Daniela and Paulo who are lovely hosts. We managed to somehow communicate with the help of internet translators. However we would have loved a proper conversation. Shame on us for not knowing italian. The accommodation occupies the ground floor of the house with a spectacular view of the adriatic sea and Albania on the horizon. The grounds and the house look exactly like the pictures. This is the only rental on site, so we were the only guests to enjoy the gigantic pool at the rear of the house. The appartment is clean, fresh and well equipped. The wifi is very fast and reliable. Very peaceful and quiet Ideal rental to come back to after a day of exploring the wonders of Salento. Abbiamo ricevuto un caloroso benvenuto da Daniela e Paulo che sono padroni di casa incantevoli. Siamo riusciti a comunicare in qualche modo con i traduttori di internet di aiuto. Tuttavia avremmo amato una conversazione corretta. Vergogna su di noi per non conoscere l'italiano. L'alloggio occupa il piano terra della casa con una vista spettacolare sul mare Adriatico e l'Albania all'orizzonte. I giardini e la casa sembrano esattamente come le immagini. Questo è l'unico noleggio in loco, quindi eravamo gli unici ospiti a godere della piscina gigantesca nella parte posteriore della casa. L'appartamento è pulito, fresco e ben attrezzato. Il wifi è molto veloce e affidabile. Molto tranquillo e silenzioso Affitto ideale per ritornare dopo una giornata di esplorare le meraviglie del Salento. Mille gracie Daniela e Paulo
  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

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A friend and I recently stayed at Le Armelline, a beautiful apartment in the historic centre of Lecce, and would highly recommend it. The apartment is situated in a quiet location just off the main piazza and we were able to walk to all the main sites of interest and many excellent restaurants. Maurizio was the perfect host, he met us at the bus station when we arrived from Brindisi Airport via the Pugliairbus and very kindly took us back to the train station when we left. He made us very welcome and it was a perfect start to our journey round Puglia. Thank you, Maurizio, for all your kindness.
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