The Salento Aquarium of Santa Maria al Bagno, Puglia

The Salento Aquarium of Santa Maria al Bagno, Nardò, Puglia. A public Aquarium was realized in the frame of the European Territorial Cooperation Programme, ETCP, Greece-Italy 2007-2013. Such a project (acronym APREH) started in 2011 with the University of Salento as Leader Partner, Province of Lecce and Municipality of Nardò as Italian partners, and University of Patra and Municipality of Kefallinia as Greek partners. The proposal of an Aquarium had the aim to promote the archaeological and natural submarine heritage along the coastline of the Salento Peninsula and of the Kefallinia island. The Italian partnership realized an Aquarium at Santa Maria al Bagno (Nardò, Lecce), restructuring an ancient building with services, a conference room, and 4 exhibition environments equipped with a total of 17 tanks of variable volume (25 – 2,500 litres), hosting a total of 100 species of marine organisms. Four tanks were equipped with reproductions of wrecks: a Junker 88 airplane, an Italian Cargo Ship, an English destroyer of the 2nd World War, and a Roman ship of the 2nd Century b.C. with its cargo of amphorae. The official opening was celebrated on 05 June 2015. The structure is the unique public Aquarium functioning in the Southern Italy apart from Naples; it has been open to visitors only during the 13 week ends of June-August, receiving more than 7,000 visitors mainly coming from Province of Lecce and the rest of Italy. Also due to front end evaluation studies, a plan for the future functioning of the Aquarium is presented, taking into consideration its educative role, and its touristic attractiveness.

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Porsche invests 60M Euros in Nardò Technical Center

In May 2012 Porsche Engineering took over responsibility for the Nardò Technical Center in Apulia, South Italy. The testing center was founded in 1975 and is, today, one of the most important and famous proving grounds in the world.

The characteristic feature of the Nardò Technical Center is its Circular Track, 12.6 kilometers long, 4 kilometers in diameter. Due to the inner inclination of the outermost track, the centrifugal force is compensated and it seems as if you are driving in a straight line, even at high speeds of 240 km/h. Besides the impressive ring track, Nardò Technical Center offers various test tracks and facilities.

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Italy: Puglia (Apulia or Le Puglie) – Overview

Santa Maria al Bagno beach, Nardò, Lecce, Puglia, Italy – Luigi Spano photografer

Puglia contains the provinces of Bari (also the name of the regional capital city and now a chic resort), Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce, Taranto and the new-born BAT (including the territories and the towns of Barletta, Andria and Trani). It covers an area of 19,356 sq km (7,474 sq mi) with a population of some 4 million. Puglia forms the heel of the Italian boot, jutting into the Ionian and Adriatic Seas towards Albania and forming the Gulf of Taranto to the west. Continue reading

Want to buy property in Puglia? This is the right time!

If you plan to buy a property in Puglia, Italy, it may please you to know that the pound hit a 13-month high against the euro this week, and could well climb higher.
Great news if you plan to buy a property in Italy! Sterling has hit its highest against the euro in 13 months this week, or since January 10th 2013, at 1.2258.

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Italian TV Licence: What it is and who is held to pay

The beginning of a new year in Italy brings a new tax to anyone owning one or more television “RAI TV Licence” to be paid within the January livence in italyThe TV licence is a sort of media tax, an ownership impost, due regardless of actual set use or selected television stations.

There are two different TV Licence types: ordinary subscriptions are due by the owner of a home and special subscriptions by the owners of one or more radio or television sets on premises open to the public and anyhow outside their homes.

Only one fee is due for private user subscriptions and it covers all television sets subscribers have for their own private use, either at their own place or at secondary homes, and those sets held by other family members as specified on official family status records.

Persons living in furnished apartments but not owning the television set they use are also held to pay subscription fees. Persons living abroad but holders of a house in Italy equipped with a television set are also held to pay the TV Licence.

First payment could be set with a C/C 9100 current account form, available at any Italian Post Office or by credit card just calling the free number 800.191.191. New subscriptions can be started at any moment of the year by paying an amount covering the period between the month of subscription and the six-monthly or yearly subscription fee expiry date. After the first payment, the Sportello S.A.T. will send subscriber(s) the registration booklet(s) complete with the subscription number(s) and Post Office Account 3103 forms for subsequent subscription renewals.

Assignment of a television set to other uses, such as pre-recorded tape viewing, home-computer terminal or video-game monitor not exclusive of adaptability to receiving television broadcasts does not therefore exonerate from mandatory subscription fee payment. The payment is also due by holders of a satellite or digital television set subscription, even in the event of using such equipment for receiving cable or foreign origin broadcasts.

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Italien, die romantik des suden – Italy the romance of the south

Winter is just gone and what we really liked of this passed season was seeing Santa Maria al Bagno on the cover of Geo Saison, important travel magazine, which every month gives to the Germans ideas and opinions about travels and worldwide destinations.

“Italien, die romantik des suden” – Italy, the romance of the south – this is the headline that the german magazine, Geo Saison, dedicates to the South Italy and particularly to Puglia, Basilicata e Calabria regions.

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Santa Maria al Bagno: a painting for sale on the famous Saatchi Online

The beauty of Santa Maria al Bagno again in the middle of the scene. In fact, the international artist Ieva Baklane, who live and work in Canada, after seeing some pictures of her relatives regarding their holiday, got inspired by the place and painted “Santa Maria al Bagno, Italy”. The painting is for sale on the website of the famous contemporary art gallery SAATCHI. Thanks to my friend Hakan for sharing this news and be part of it!!

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Puglia: One of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2013

From classic regions to lesser-known corners, our editors select this year’s best in wine, food and cultural adventure. Published on Jan 8, 2013 BY WINE ENTHUSIAST EDITORS

puglia within top 10 best wine travel destination

A sense of place—the sights, sounds, smells and spirit of a travel destination—can endear that area to a person forever. For wine lovers, there is no better way to cement that connection than to explore the world around those vines. As the wine market becomes ever more global, packed with offerings ranging from the most storied wine regions to the most offbeat, so does the wine traveler’s itinerary.

Each year, our editors travel the world to experience the best wine and food, and in turn, discover the most exciting places to visit. Our list for 2013 represents the wide swath of cultural and culinary experiences on the must-see list.

Whether your tastes lean toward the rustic climbing trails of South Africa’s Stellenbosch or a tour of a Puglian castle, this list promises outstanding travel experiences and unforgettable wines.

1) Rioja, Spain

2) Danube, Austria

3) North & South Forks of Long Island, New York

4) Stellenbosch, South Africa

5) Monterey County, California

6) Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil

7) Willamette Valley, Oregon

8 ) Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

9) Douro Valley, Portugal

10) Puglia, Italy


More on Puglia Region… Flanked by two seas, magical Puglia is a thin peninsula packed tight with the same attributes that attracted us to Italy decades ago: It’s an undiscovered land with an enviable quality of life. The octagonal Castel del Monte, a 13th-century castle, inspires architects today, and the historic city of Lecce offers the purest expression of Moorish-Italian Baroque. Weathered stone and whitewashed buildings pop against green olive groves. Trulli are the mysterious cone houses in the Itria Valley, and all of Puglia’s stunning beauty is surrounded by some of the bluest waters in Europe.

Puglia Prominent Wines
Puglia excels at warm-climate wines made with indigenous grapes. Castel del Monte delivers red wines from Uva di Troia, Bombino Nero and Aglianico. Interesting work is being done with crisp Bombino Bianco white wines and sweet Moscato di Trani. Further south, the Primitivo grape (Primitivo di Manduria) is famously linked genetically to Zinfandel. Local wines show ripe berry nuances, inky concentration and soft tannins. Salice Salentino is planted to Negroamaro (sometimes blended with Malvasia Nera) for hearty reds. The past five years have a remarkable rise of crisp white wines from Greco, Fiano, Malvasia and Chardonnay.

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