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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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                                                                                                Winter break in rural period home

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                                                                                                We chose Villa Sirgole on the strength of it's period character and were not disappointed. This is a house that may not have all the mod cons but is full of family history and clearly remains a much valued family home. It is surrounded by arable farmland and enjoys a mature leafy garden at the front (including palm trees and kiwi plants) and adjacent vineyard and citrus grove within the grounds. The rooms are very lofty and spacious and although we were there during an untypically cold winter, the central heating proved more than adequate for the task. Our family holidays include lots of communal cooking and the large kitchen with its enormous wood burning fireplace provided a suitably utilitarian but cosy setting for our culinary efforts. Our two adult sons particularly appreciated the excellent wifi. Although we didn't meet Isabella in person she was faultless in keeping in touch, providing us with directions, updates and suggestions for places to visit and sources of produce etc., as well as checking on our well being. We were met by the family governess who was extremely friendly and charming. Indeed we were struck by just how friendly and helpful people were. Salento has lots to offer and although the house enjoys a rural setting there are many historic towns peppered over the region and only a short drive away. Local produce is second to none and very affordable, including lots of dishes and delicacies particular to the region. We particularly enjoyed the coastal walks the region has to offer and invariably treated ourselves to one of the fabulously addictive local pastries as an end of walk reward. We had a lovely time - thanks Isabella.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2017
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                Un rifugio bellissimo!

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                                                                                                Con i genitori originari di di Lecce abbiamo trascorso finalmente una settimana in Puglia e precisamente a Galatina nella villa del Sig. Massimo. Arrivati in ritardo all' appuntamento in Piazza San Pietro, colpa del volo, Massimo ci ha subito dimostrato la sua gentilezza offrendoci un freschissimo latte e mandorla nel bar Bistrot; dopo averci indicato le attrazioni del posto ci ha accompagnati in villa a 3 minuti d' auto dal centro. Ancora una volta Massimo ci h sorpreso con un ricco benvenuto di sapori tra ortaggi, frutta, dolci, succhi, pasta, friselle... Non è servito ritornare in paese a fare la spesa! Nei successivi giorni ci ha offerto del vino locale, dei fichi ( buonissimi), le melanzane in pastella fatte dalla zia Marisa e i fichi d' India. In casa e all' esterno tutto è come descritto pulito e ordinato. Le camere da letto sono tre comode e spaziose; il divano letto è nel salone e lo abbiamo utilizzato per i piccoli. Penso che la dimora sia l' ideale per max sei adulti e 2 bambini. I bagni sono due completi di tutto. All' esterno il verde è curatissimo quanto la piscina sempre limpida e fresca. Per pranzo e cena abbiamo utilizzato il camino e la cucina esterna; il pesce e la carne comprati da "Gabriele" e "Ninetto" la frutta dalla "Baronessa" tutto fresco e squisito...! Siamo usciti solo in due occasioni ma abbiamo trascorso due giornate indimenticabili: una mattina alla spaggia Togo Bay dopo Porto Cesareo ( 40 min di auto) dalle 9 sino al tramonto ed una mattina a Punta della Suina vicino Gallipoli ( 20 min ) due meravigliose spiagge di candida sabbia e acqua bassa cristallina... Spero di tornarci per le prossime vacanze. Come promesso ho scritto in italiano Tanti saluti Massimo e zia Marisa!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                Wonderful apartment set in heart of Galatina

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                                                                                                Great apartment that well met our expectations. Logistics worked well with Cristiano, very helpful. Used as a base to explore the Salento peninsula - Lucca, Gallipoli, Otranto, Porto Cesaro, etc etc. Favourite restaurant, a must visit, is Percuoco A Santa Caterina, several minutes walk from the apartment. Highly recommended.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Sep 2016