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Ciao, the adventure continues! Destination: sea … Saturday: Gallipoli and the Punta della Suina, mar Ionio!

I enjoy the beauty of the crystal colors and the enchanting sea of Gallipoli with the famous beach Punta della Suina.

Gallipoli, known as the “perla dello ionio” (pearl of the Ionian), was besieged in 900 AD by Saracens, which gives the town plan.

With its port, the typical fish market, the castle and the Old Town, it has been beset from the fifteenth century by the Turks, Venetians and Aragonesi, but it is always more and more fascinating by its natural and monumental beauty.



I walk and admire the typical environment of a port city: the port, the fish market for fresh fish and I enter in the historic center



I remain dazzled by the wondrous castle and the many narrow streets with typical restaurants and shops selling local cuisine.

But Gallipoli is not only beautiful for that! Gallipoli is fascinating because it is as if the sound of the sea would evoke you among the many churches and monuments … just like a siren. It is a so nice and relaxing city  you’d never leave.



Punta della Suina, also on the Ionian sea is one of the most famous areas and the sea is very beautiful. The sand is fine, including a silvery and gold color and the beach is surrounded by rocks eroded over the centuries.

The landscape is very characteristic and just look at the many shades of sea water to run out of words!

And with a few hours in the sun, I enjoy the first taste of summer and…. un gelato!

Arrivederci…by Maria, Italian host tutor in www.italiahomestay.com, Lecce, Puglia 

To be continued…

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Autumn in Sorrento is even more enjoyable because it is not overcrowded, like in the summer season, and the new autumn scents give Sorrento Coast a relaxing and romantic atmosphere.
Furthermore, during the month of October in the magic fishing Village of Marina Grande, just a few seconds away from our Institute, the renowned fish festival, one of the most attractive event, known as ‘Sagra del Pesce Azzurro’ (Blue Fish Festival), is organized.All the inhabitants and chefs of this hidden jewel take part to this unique event preparing delicious fish recipes.

During the festival, the main street of the village and the paths that line the Sorrento beach, turn into a gastronomic journey with alternating cloisters, chairs and tables ready to welcome the many visitors. Predominant feature of the festival is the commitment that fishermen, chefs and inhabitants of the village put for the event.

Collaboration and passion are the elements that distinguish this event from all others.? Before dawn, in fact, all the fishermen and volunteers are preparing with their fishing-boats to fishing and at sunrise the women of the nearby restaurants and chefs are preparing to welcome them to recover the fish and transfer it in the kitchen for the preparation of the dishes. In the evening several dishes, all seafood, desserts and local products will be distributed at kiosks previously set up and we will just wait for the sweet sound of the bell.

All proceeds from the Fish Festival in Sorrento can cover and maintenance of the parish church.

by Sant’Anna Institute,Sorrento Italia

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While lovers all over the world raise a glass to Saint Valentine today, residents and visitors in Sorrento will be celebrating the festival of Sant’Antonino, the city’s patron Saint.
Sant’Antonino Abate died on 14 February, 626 AD. He is credited with saving the life of a child swallowed by a whale and protecting Sorrento against plague and invasion.
Each year on the anniversary of his death, a silver statue of Sant’Antonino is carried in a procession through the streets of Sorrento and there are festive lights, fireworks, and musical events in his name.
Sant’Antonino’s body is buried in a crypt that became part of the Basilica di Sant’Antonino in Piazza Sant’Antonino, a magnificent church that dates from the 11th century, but has been added to and refurbished over the years.
There is a statue of the Saint among the palm trees in the middle of Piazza Sant’Antonino opposite Sorrento’s town hall.
Inside the Basilica, another statue of the Saint is surrounded by the many offerings from sailors who have been saved from shipwrecks over the centuries and believe it was thanks to the intervention of Sant’Antonino.

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