ABBAZIA DI SANTA MARIA DI CERRATE, LECCE

  Salento has a thousand-year history. Sculpted into the white Lecce stone in the 11th century, an exquisite testimony of Apulian Romanesque architecture, and embellished with stunning frescoes, the church of Santa Maria di Cerrate stands at the centre of a typical Salento manor farm. Once a Greek Orthodox monastery, then[…]

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CASTELLO DI CASAMASSELLA, LECCE

  The first documents referencing the Casamassella Castle and the settlement which surrounds it date from medieval times, when the castle was the fortified residence of the fiefdom of Ruggero Maramonte under the reign of Carlo I d’Angiò (Charles of Anjou). Its geographical location in the hinterlands immediately bordering Otranto,[…]

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MASSERIA SPINA, MONOPOLI (BA)

The first settlements of Masseria Spina are among the most important examples of rupestrian civilization, developed between roughly the ninth and twelfth centuries in Puglia. The rocky settlements stood near watercourses of torrential origin, called “lame” or “mene”, and were generally made up of an organic complex of caves each used[…]

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PALAZZO AURISICCHIO, OSTUNI (BR)

  Palazzo Aurisicchio was built in the 1800s in an ornate neoclassical style and boasts an imposing façade caratherized by a smooth ashlar face, divided in two orders. In the lower order, paired Ionic pilasters define the façade, which around the portal develops an harmonic movement of surfaces with the[…]

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PALAZZO DUCALE ALESSANO, ALESSANO (LE)

The Palace, located in the ancient square of Alessano, a byzantine village a few kilometers from the sea, was built in the late fifteenth century by the will of the Counts “del Balzo” who had inherited the county by Francesco della Ratta, the Count of Caserta, whose emblem, a sixteen-pointed[…]

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PALAZZO PESCE, MOLA DI BARI (BA)

Palazzo Pesce, is an historic house dating back to the end of the 18th century, born in the heart of Mola di Bari, an ancient town in Apulia overlooking the sea. The first owner was the noble Roberti family, who sold the house to the Martinelli’s in 1777, to move[…]

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