Nardò, Porto Selvaggio and Santa Maria al Bagno
A treasures trove of art and nature
Nardò is the most populated town of the province of Lecce, and one of the most ancient of the region. During the 16th century, the city was the cultural capital of Salento thanks to the Acquaviva family, dukes of Nardò.
The heart of the city is the baroque Piazza Salandra, with several civic and religious landmarks, such as the Guglia dell’Immacolata, standing in the middle of the square and built in 1769.
The coast close to Nardò, characterized by rough cliffs and little sand beaches is also impressive, like its Natural Park of Porto Selvaggio and Palude del Capitano, a large forest right by the sea.
Near Nardò, Santa Maria al Bagno is a lovely coastal village, with its pleasant buildings, splashed by the crystal-clear Ionian Sea. Here you can also visit the Museo della Memoria e dell’Accoglienza, a museum in memory of the many Jews, who survived the Nazi camps and found here a safe and peaceful harbor.
Nardò is also a flourishing agricultural centre, famous for being the birthplace of the Cellina olive, as well as the tasty Nardò watermelon and for its high-quality wine.
A wine tasting in Nardò is indeed the best way to savor the true taste of Salento.
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In introductory Apulian cooking classes you will have the chance to gain practical knowledge about some of the most typical dishes of Puglia, including the most famous orecchiette with broccoli rabe. read more
There is no better way than a boat trip to enjoy the beauty of the Apulia seas. We can organize your private or sharing boat tour (sailing or motor) in the all best costs of Puglia: Vieste and Peschici on the Gargano, the Tremiti Islands, the perched city of Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, the breathtaking cliffs around Otranto, the white beaches of Gallipoli, till Taranto with is large dauphin colony... read more
We will take you to the most authentic places, and we will introduce you to Apulian restaurants selected by the Slow Food Movement... read more
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Gallipoli is an enchanting coastal town rich in history because of its Greek roots and its wonderful Baroque and Renaissance buildings. We will walk through the alleys of the old town, which connected to the mainland by a seventeenth-century bridge. read more
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