5 STAR HOTEL IN APULIA
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KALIDRIA HOTEL & THALASSO SPA IS LOCATED ON THE APULIAN IONIAN COAST, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE UNSPOILT NATURE OF THE BIOGENETIC RESERVE OF STORNARA. IT IS THE IDEAL PLACE FOR THOSE WHO WANT PRIVACY AND COMFORT.
WELLNESS, EXCELLENT SERVICES IN THE RECEPTION AND HIGH QUALITY IN THE CATERING ARE THE DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF THE RENEWED LOOK OF THE KALIDRIA HOTEL & THALASSO SPA.
Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso SPA, 5 stars, in APULIA, is the ideal holiday for those who want peace, comfort and impeccable services, in a perfect combination of discrete luxury and charm. Spacious spaces with attention to every detail, designed by the architect Emilio Ambasz, forerunner of the green architecture, perfectly integrated in the vast pine forest that joins the hotel to a long private beach of fine sand, overlooking the Ionian Sea. The exclusive 3.500 sqm Thalasso SPA offers 2 seawater swimming pools, one indoor and one outdoor, Acquatonic Marino route, Thalasso outdoor oasis with whirlpool baths, sauna, Turkish bath, fitness area, wellness and relaxation paths, remise en forme and body and face rituals.
The Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso SPA, 5 star hotel, offers an exclusive concept of elegance and privacy, architectures of value and excellence of services, for an experience in perfect harmony between comfort, nature and wellness. Designed by the internationally renowned architect Emilio Ambasz, the Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso SPA is perfectly integrated into the protected natural area of Stornara's Biogenetic Reserve.
THE ROOMS, COMFORT AND EXCELLENT SERVICE
The hotel offers services carefully studied in every detail, offers 109 stylish accommodations up to 37 sqm between rooms and 60 sqm junior suites and a magnificent suite of 100 sqm called Albachiara, where comfort and attention to detail are the main protagonists. All rooms have a private terrace from which guests can enjoy a magnificent view of the nature reserve, offering moments of intense peace and quiet, lulled by the rustling of the branches with the balsamic scent of the pine forest, bathroom with bathtub, 43-inch TV, safe, minibar, coffee set and kettle with a selection of herbal teas. Free Wi-Fi access in all rooms, on the beach and in the main common areas.
DINING, REDISCOVERING THE PLEASURE OF GOOD FOOD
The Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso SPA offers the best of Italian cuisine, with excellent raw materials and selected products from the rich and generous Apulian territory, for an experience of flavors, fragrances, tradition and innovation.
A beautiful central restaurant with outdoor area for breakfast and a la carte dinners, overlooking the dunes and the sea of the restaurant Mediterranean, on the beach, pizzeria Ethra at the nearby Valentino Village, for a pleasant informal wander. Breakfast and a la carte dinner are included in the price of the stay at the Kalidria restaurant.
Guest Relation service and Concierge, relaxed evening atmosphere with music, baby sitting on request, shuttle service to the beach, airport transfers on request, excursions and guided tours, Wi-Fi in all rooms and common areas, 24-hour medical service at the nearby Valentino Village, boutique, a cash-point, tobacconist, hairdresser, car rental.
ETHRA RESERVE SERVICES
Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso SPA guests can use the services of the Ethra Reserve: Ethra Pizzeria, evening entertainment at the theaters of the nearby 4-star Villages Valentino and Calanè Village, Nautical Club and Diving, Sports Fields, Shopping gallery, services for children: Mini, Teeny and Junior Club, Mother & Baby’s Kitchen, Playground and Spray Park with water games for children.
Like a precious diamond set in the green crown of Aleppo pines, the stunning Thalasso SPA offers 3,500 square meters dedicated to the best thalassotherapy treatments and regenerating wellness rituals.
A privileged place to rediscover harmony, immersed in sea water with salt caressing the skin, purifying it, restoring body and mind, for an experience of absolute relaxation.
The Thalasso SPA has an outdoor swimming pool with sea water, an indoor with a seawater tonifying path, cabins for shower massage and mud therapy, thalasso hydromassage cabins, sauna, Turkish bath, offers wellness rituals and remise en forme, massages and beauty treatments for face and body. In perfect harmony with the surprisingly beautiful nature that surrounds it, it has a Thalasso Oasis outside, with whirlpool baths.
The Thalasso area is also equipped with a modern Technogym gym with dedicated personal trainer.
5 km of beaches of rare beauty, among dunes and Mediterranean vegetation: this is the place of suspension from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, where you can regenerate and experience the sea in an exclusive way.
To welcome you a breathtaking view, the green of the strong and lush vegetation, the thousand tones and shades of the blue of the sea and the blue of the sky, the warm, enveloping and soft color of the dunes drawn by the wind.
The beach is equipped with large umbrellas well spaced between them, for maximum privacy. A dune bar offers cafes, fresh drinks, pleasant snacks and the possibility of light lunches served under the parasol.
The Nautical Club on the beach has laser boats for classes and free trips, as well as canoes, pedal boats and paddle surfing.
A privileged place to rediscover harmony, immersed in sea water with salt that caresses the skin, purifying it, restoring body and mind, for an experience of absolute relaxation.
The Thalasso SPA has an outdoor swimming pool with sea water, an indoor with a seawater tonifying path, cabins for massage in affusion and mud therapy, thalasso hydromassage cabins, sauna, Turkish bath, offers wellness rituals and remise en forme, massages and beauty treatments for face and body. In perfect harmony with the surprisingly beautiful nature that surrounds it, it has a Thalasso Oasis outside, with whirlpool baths Jacuzzi. The Thalasso area is also equipped with a modern gym equipped with Technogym personal trainers.
FITNESS & WELLNESS
In addition to the indoor Technogym gym, there are walking trails in the countryside and tennis courts inside the Ethra Reserve. On the beach, there is a Nautical Club and Diving Centre. Ethra Thalasso SPA, 1 swimming pool with sea water and whirlpools.
SEAWATER TONIFYING PATH & KNEIPP
A 32°C heated seawater pool path, consisting of massage jets, combined with a cold seawater Kneipp swim on smooth cobblestones. Alternating hot and cold water reduces stress and stimulates the body and mind. This therapy improves blood circulation by reducing swelling and heaviness.
The pressure of the water massage stimulates the production of endorphins that generate an effect of pleasure and relaxation. A bath in warm sea water helps to reconcile sleep, relaxes muscles and joints, stimulates blood circulation, fights cellulite, promoting the drainage of liquids into the tissues.
The hydrotherapist uses a powerful jet of water, adjusting the pressure, to perform the treatment at a distance from 3 to 5 meters. It is indicated in cases of muscle tension, lumbago, circulatory deficiencies. Cleanses areas of fat and cellulite.
SHOWER UNDER AFFUSION
Light jets of warm sea water reactivate the lymphatic system and blood circulation. The benefits of the treatment extend to the respiratory system, as the vapour produced by the seawater reaches the following points lungs and respiratory tract (marine aerosol).
Sublime Skin - An anti-ageing treatment that visibly reduces the signs of expression and stimulates cell turnover. With retinol in cyclodextrin, lacto-protein and hyaluronic acid. It gives a deep relaxation to face, neck and décolleté.
Hydramemory - Treatment with an extraordinary noncomedogenic, nourishing and moisturizing action, specific for dry and stressed skin; it contains trihalose, mineral salts and beta-glucan. Cleaning, exfoliation and de-toxification. A deep and customised cleansing suitable for all skin types.
Remedy - A soothing treatment that smoothes and restores the skin's protective barrier through a very delicate dermo-affine action. The exclusive REMEDY MASSAGE is ideal for pregnant women. Soothes redness and irritation. Nourishes and strengthens the skin barrier. Recommended for sensitive, fragile and reddening skin.
Active Pureness - Purifying treatment with a special Spirulina Alga mask. Gives the skin a fresh, radiant and even appearance. Smoothes and improves the condition of the skin texture. Purifies the skin with a mattifying effect. Suitable for impure, marked, oily and acne-prone skin.
Essential Express - A revitalizing and enlightening cleansing treatment, fast but effective. It cleanses deeply, exfoliates and is recommended for all skin conditions.
Eye Contour Anti Aging - Thanks to a fresh and innovative Peptide Mask in Hydro-gel, visibly reduces the signs of fatigue and aging. It improves the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles.
Algo-therapy combines the detoxifying properties of seaweed with the moisturizing benefits of mud. A complete body treatment for the moisturization and re-mineralization of the skin. It may be useful in reducing cellulite and improving the elasticity of the skin's connective tissues.
Body Strategist Mud - Trattamento drenante-rimodellante in termocoperta, in grado di garantire risultati efficaci contro i superficiali inestetismi della cellulite. Ideale anche per pelli sensibili.
Body Active -A reshaping and toning treatment, ideal to combine with a fitness program or to integrate into an anti-cellulite program. For those who practice sport and want to increase the effects on remodeling and at the same time facilitate the fatigue, elimination of toxins, tone and muscle balance.
Elasticising Mask - Elasticising treatment, restores the skin's hydration, leaving it soft, silky and compact, reduces stretch marks; ideal for dry skin, even as a treatment after sun; safe and effective before and after childbirth.
Sleep Ritual - Innovative massage that acts on 3 different sensory pathways: touch, hearing and smell. The synergy of the exclusive blend of essential oils, the Tranquillity™ Sound and the manual skills inspired by the Indonesian massage "Sea Malay" and Ayurvedic, combined with the use of soft brushes, lead to a feeling of relaxation and quiet for body and mind, useful for sleep and recovery from jet lag. The skin is hydrated and silky.
Salt Ritual - Special massage ritual with a rebalancing and relaxing action, using stones and compresses of Himalayan salt, free of toxins and pollutants; the characteristic pink colour is due to its uncontaminated and purity, as it is not subjected to any refining treatment. It is ideal for improving circulation and stimulating metabolism.
Comfort Touch Face & Body Ritual - This is a complete ritual, consisting of gentle movements throughout the body, inspired by the Californian massage, which stimulate the natural metabolic mechanism of the skin tissues, preserving their elasticity. Helps relax facial muscles and eliminate opacity and atony. Ideal for freeing yourself from psycho-physical fatigue and daily tensions.
Aromasoul Mediterranean Ritual - Aroma-therapeutic draining massage, stimulates blood circulation. It is inspired by the slow movements of the waves of the sea and the typical scents of Mediterranean cultures; with Jojoba oil and Essential oils of basil, orange, bergamot and anise.
Tranquillity Ritual - Deep aromatherapy massage to decontract muscle tension, improve microcirculation and oxygenation of facial and body tissues. Recommended for dry and undernourished skin.
Tibetan Sound Massage Ritual - Inspired by an ancient practice of Tibetan medical tradition, this ritual dispels anxiety and psychophysical tension, contributes to the elimination of toxins, reduces joint and muscle pain through an enveloping massage using hot stones and the harmonious vibrations of Tibetan bells.
Hot Stone Massage Ritual - Hot Stone massage uses smooth volcanic stones positioned on key points in the body. The use of essential oils makes it extremely pleasant. It helps to release muscle stiffness and improve blood circulation through the countless benefits brought by the heat of the stones.
Back & Neck Ritual - Decontracting and revitalizing treatment, relaxing muscle tension, ideal for joint pain, indicated to relax the area of the head, neck, shoulders and back.
Tibetan Ritual Sound Massage Duo - It is designed to create a real sensory experience in an evocative atmosphere. It is the ideal treatment to relieve tensions and muscle stiffness: an intense massage, accompanied by a warm bath with essential oils, combined with gentle vibrations of Tibetan bells will allow you to relax and relax completely. At the end of the treatment fresh fruit and prosecco are offered.
Tranquillity Duo Ritual - The couple can share a sensory journey into the suggestiveness of the environment, among relaxing lights, sounds and scents, through a full-body massage, accompanied by a warm bath with essential oils. Ideal for getting away from the daily routine and regenerating body and mind. At the end of the treatment fresh fruit and prosecco are offered.
Lymphatic Drainage - Manual lymphatic drainage helps eliminate toxins and excess fluid and stimulate blood circulation. It is indicated in case of oedema, water retention, lymphatic stasis caused by surgery.
Ayurveda Massage - Ayurvedic Medicine is one of the oldest holistic therapy systems in the world, developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and well-being depend on a delicate balance between mind, body and spirit. The treatment offers the pleasant sensation of a deep and relaxing massage, with slow and enveloping movements; ideal for reducing stress.
Therapeutic Massage - Therapeutic massage is indicated in the most diverse structural dysfunctions and in all conditions of relapsing or chronic suffering, muscle stiffness and rehabilitation from sports injuries. The therapist will choose the techniques best suited to the needs of the guest. It is possible to run it in the cabin or in the pool, depending on the case.
Thai Massage - Traditional Thai massage is a complete treatment that starts from the feet and continues to the head, through a series of movements of the joints and muscles. Without the use of oils or creams, the therapist practices extensive and relaxing pressures, through the use of thumbs, knees, elbows and feet. These are elements of yoga and stretching that eliminate rigidity, improving the postural attitude.
Thai Foot Massage - According to ancient Thai traditions, reflexology involves the manipulation of specific parts of the foot, each with a reflected action on other areas of the body. The therapist uses thumbs, knuckles and a wooden stick to reactivate vital areas of the body, solving joint problems and improving the function of internal organs.
The Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso SPA has 109 charming rooms up to 37 square meters and junior suites of 60 square meters and a magnificent suite of 100 square meters called Albachiara, where comfort and attention to detail are main protagonists. All rooms have a private terrace from which guests can enjoy a magnificent view of the nature reserve, offering moments of intense peace and quiet, lulled by the rustling of the branches with the balsamic scent of the pine forest.
On the first floor the "Superior twin Rooms" (37 square meters with 2 queen size beds). This room has the possibility to add a crib or a single sofa bed. On the second floor a "Classic twin Rooms" (30 square meters with 2 queen size beds). Some double rooms with king size bed are available. All rooms are equipped with private furnished balcony, air conditioning, telephone, 43 inch TV with satellite vision SKY, Wi-Fi, mini bar, coffee set, kettle with selection of herbal teas and thea, safe.
There are also Junior Suites of over 60 square meters, with King size double bedroom and walk-in closet, living area with a double sofa bed, large bathroom and large furnished balcony. In addition to the Classic Rooms services, Junior Suites provide reserved 1st row beach umbrella and seawater tonifying path per person per day.
The Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso Spa offers rooms equipped for the disabled, with reserved parking space and on the beach (near the walkway). On the beach there is a Job chair, specifically designed for swimming in the sea. Your stay at Kalidria includes buffet breakfast and à la carte dinner in the central restaurant, use of a parasol on the beach, excluding the first row, and beach towel service with daily change on the beach and swimming pool; access to the relaxation area of Ethra Thalasso SPA (sauna, turkish bath) in addition to the modern gym equipped with Technogym machines.
100-square-meters Albachiara Suite, with a large lounge area, a twin room (2 queen size beds) with desk, comfortable walk-in closet, large bathroom, large furnished balcony, including reserved 1st row beach umbrella, access to the relaxation area of the Ethra Thalasso SPA, seawater tonifying programme per person per day and wellness ritual for two people at Ethra Thalasso SPA.
CHECKING IN AND CHECKING OUT FOR ROOMS
Room keys will be available by 4pm on your day of arrival. On the day of departure, rooms must be returned by 11am.
Option (upon payment, availability limited) rooms are available until 2.15pm or 6pm on the day of departure.
The Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso SPA offers the best of Italian cuisine, with excellent raw materials and selected products from the rich and generous Apulian territory, for an experience of flavors, fragrances, tradition and innovation.
Your stay includes breakfast and à la carte dinner in the Kalidria restaurant. By reservation you can opt for the informal Pizzeria Ethra, at the nearby Valentino Village, with wood oven. At lunch, you can choose between the Mediterranean restaurant, on the beach with grill, or the Kalidria restaurant included in the Hotel; you can choose or delicious snacks of the Beach Bar, to be enjoyed under the parasol or light lunches served at the Kalidria bar.
The two well equipped bars, one on the beach, offer an accurate selection of cocktails and labels to ensure that every moment can be accompanied by excellent drinks. The aperitif and after-dinner offer is particularly attentive and accurate, when the magical atmosphere of the evening and the live music dip the Kalidria bar in a suggestive scenery.
5 km of beach of rare beauty, among dunes and Mediterranean vegetation, this is the place of suspension from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, where you can regenerate and experience the sea in an exclusive way.
To welcome you a breathtaking view, the green of the strong and lush vegetation, the thousand shades and tones of the blue of the sea and the light blue of the sky, the warm, enveloping and soft color of the dunes drawn by the wind.
The beach is equipped with large beach umbrellas well spaced between them, for maximum privacy. A bar on the dunes offers coffee, fresh drinks, pleasant snacks and the option of light lunches. The beach can be reached in 8 minutes by a comfortable shuttle bus.
The Nautical Club on the beach has laser boats, catamaran, trident for classes and excursions, as well as canoes, pedal boats and paddle surfing.
A unique place, set in the beautiful and luxuriant nature of the protected area of the Stornara Biogenetic Reserve, surrounded by the freshness and balsamic scent of the pine forest, lulled by the rustling of the branches. The landscape is delineated by the crenellated profile of the trees, the echo of the sea birds that cut the blue line between sky and sea: wellness is also this, the discovery of a private paradise, where you can find the balance of your body and the enchantment of your soul. The Stornara Nature Reserve, a protected area established in 1997 to protect the Mediterranean coastal forest, mainly of Aleppo Pine trees, extends for 1,501 hectares along the Ionian coast. The name "stornara" comes from the several starlings that migrate there in winter. There are many species of birds in the reserve, among which the waterfowl are the purple heron, the grey heron, the woodcock, the mallard, the white stork, the grebe and the wild goose.
A luxuriant and strong nature, absolute key player of the landscape of ETHRA RESERVE. Large spaces, an incredible range of services and the option of choosing among different hotel accommodations: the Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso SPA 5-star hotel, the 5-star Alborèa Resort with its unmistakable Ecolodge and the Valentino Village and Calanè Village, a 4-star family club with the ultimate in fun for both adults and children. Each property has its own private services, but all guests can access the shared central spaces, such as the shopping gallery on the Gran Via, the Piazza Ethra, with bar, spray park dedicated to children and playground nearby, the sports club with tennis, soccer, archery, shooting range and bowling.
ETHRA RESERVE SERVICES
Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso SPA guests can take advantage of the services of Ethra Reserve: Pizzeria Ethra, Nautical Club, Diving, Sports Fields, Mini, Teeny and Junior Club Ethra Reserve, Playground, Spray Park, Shopping gallery, Bicycle rental.
Distance 90 km - Located 17 km from the town of Andria, of which is the symbol, Castel del Monte is a fortress dating from the thirteenth century. Ordered by Frederick II of Swabia, listed among the most famous tourist destinations in Apulia. An imposing and extremely suggestive complex, Castel del Monte has an original octagonal shape that recurs in the plan of the building as well as in the courtyard and in various architectural elements, such as the eight towers. Its shape, its position, studied in function of the direction of the shadows in the days of solstice and equinox, the evocative power of some decorative elements, such as the two lions crouched at the sides of the entrance door, are soaked in a symbology that combines elements of classical antiquity, Nordic culture and Islamic suggestions. Characteristics for which, since 1996, is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, precisely because of the symbolic significance given by the location, mathematical and astronomical precision of the regular form, as it is stated in UNESCO's explanatory statement: "A unique piece of military and medieval architecture, Castel Monte is a successful blend of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic East, northern Europe and the Gothic Cistercian".
Distance 60 Km - The contrast between modernity and tradition, a distinctive feature of the regions of Southern Italy, is an essential component of the charm of Apulia, where the new blends in contexts where time seems to have stood still. Thus Alberobello, in the province of Bari, an agglomeration unique in the world, with its 1500 Trulli located in the Monti and Aja Piccola districts, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The old town consists exclusively of these conical limestone buildings of the Murge plateau, which are assembled dry. The Trulli, mainly present in the Itria Valley, between the provinces of Bari and Brindisi, have a prehistoric origin, on the model of the late Bronze Age thòlos tomb. This model of construction can be found in many parts of Mediterranean Europe and the Near East. However, the Trulli of Apulia - still inhabited today - are characterized by other examples of dome construction for continuity of use, so as to constitute a perhaps unique example of prehistoric construction still in use. Despite the structural stability and longevity demonstrated by these architectures (the oldest in Alberobello date back to the mid-seventeenth century), the Trulli were born as temporary shelters for farmers, built with the rocks collected on site. Dry construction, without mortar, spread following an imposition by the Counts of Conversano who, to escape an edict of the Kingdom of Naples that imposed taxes on each new urban settlement, around the fifteenth century, imposed on farmers to build only precarious buildings, easy to demolish in order to avoid taxation. The characteristic Trulli of Alberobello have different shapes and sizes, as they are built according to different housing needs. Traditionally made up of a single compartment, they sometimes have the juxtaposition of other communicating modular compartments, called Multiple Trulli. In rare cases they reach the two floors. They have a circular structure, with a conical roof set with stones. The walls are built directly on the foundations of limestone and made using the technique of dry masonry. The roofs consist of a conical inner lining, culminating with the keystone, and an outer lining formed by so-called chianche, slabs of limestone. Externally, the roofs have rough decorations in white ash with mythological, religious or simply identifying sign of the trullista (or trullaro). They end, then, with a decorative pinnacle shaped like a sphere or a half sphere, which, in ancient times, had the scope of chasing away the malignant influences.
Distance 50 km - The contrast between ancient and modern, between tradition and innovation are embodied in the incomparable landscape of the city of Matera. Protected since 1993 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, thanks to its characteristics, UNESCO has introduced for the first time the concept of Cultural Landscape. Known as the City of Stones or Underground City, Matera is not only the oldest settlement in Basilicata and Southern Italy, but is among the ten oldest inhabited cities in the world, with settlements dating back to about 10,000 years ago. The cave houses dug in the mountain have been inhabited continuously since the Bronze Age until 1952, when a national law established the forced eviction of about 15,000 inhabitants of the Sassi. The unique architecture of Matera has developed from the natural caves of Gravina di Matera, a gorge that divides the territory into two: the Sasso Barisano, facing north-west and the Sasso Caveoso, facing south. The original residential nucleus was then made more articulated and complex over the centuries by man's intervention, with the construction of roads, cisterns and canalizations for the collection of water, palaces, vegetable gardens, churches, caves and tunnels. The uniqueness of the rocky landscape, combined with the sensitivity to recover the cultural identity of the place, have given a strong boost to the promotion and enhancement of the Sassi, which today, besides hosting museums, are the enchanting setting for prestigious cultural events of national and international interest, which has led to the designation of Matera as European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Ostuni, the White City in the province of Brindisi, like a nativity scene perpetually set up, emerges with a glow of white walls from a panorama of land burnt by the sun, olive trees and dry stone walls. On the skyline, the blue line of one of the cleanest seas in Italy, gives a glimpse of a more authentic Mediterranean landscape. Situated between the Itria Valley and Upper Salento, Ostuni is one of the most renowned tourist sites in Apulia, not only for the cleanliness of its coastline and the quality of its services, for which it boasts the Blue Flag and the five sails of Legambiente, but also for the numerous historical and cultural treasures it houses.
Martina Franca, located on the eastern hills of Murgia, in the heart of the Itria Valley, equidistant from the Ionian and Adriatic, is one of the most populous towns in the province of Taranto. Surrounded by a natural landscape of great interest, where the Regional Natural Reserve Oriented "Pianelle Wood" is located, it is known for its biodiversity and nature trails. The ancient village is a fascinating combination of Baroque buildings and characteristic white houses that develop vertically, winding alleys and impressive churches that house masterpieces of painting and sculpture.
Locorotondo: a small village of white houses placed side by side to form a circle in the heart of the Valle d'Itria, so appeared the town when it was founded, around the year one thousand, so is still the characteristic conformation of the old town of Locorotondo. To enrich the architecture of the place, consisting of white houses painted lime, stand numerous church towers, to witness the deep religiosity that is steeped in the culture and history of Locorotondo.
Itria Valley: a landscape of Itria Valley is dominated by vineyards and olive groves, dry stone walls and red earth, dotted with the white of Trulli that from time to time rise in the countryside. The landscape is interrupted by the appearance of some of the most beautiful villages in Italy, such as Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the picturesque Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Cisternino or the beautiful Ostuni. Apulia offers unique settings, with its hills covered with olive trees that slope down to the blue of the Adriatic Sea, with its villages rich in history and tradition, imbued with narrow alleys surrounded by white houses, small shaded squares where there are ancient craft shops and restaurants that perpetuate the flavors and aromas of Apulia.
Distance 100 km - In the heart of the Salento peninsula, Lecce is characterized by the splendor of the Baroque style of churches, palaces and architectural details, hence the nickname "Southern Florence". The wide diffusion and the richness of the local Baroque have been facilitated by the peculiar friability of the stone, particularly suitable for the realization of refined decorations, such as those that embellish the facade of the Basilica di Santa Croce and the Seminary Palace, or the extraordinary Piazza del Duomo, which houses the Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta.
Salento is a land of unbelievable beauty, washed to the east by the Adriatic Sea, which offers a rocky and indented coast, and to the west by the Ionian Sea, which draws a sweet and sandy coast, the Salento peninsula sees the union of the two seas in its last offshoot, Santa Maria di Leuca. The beauty of the sea, the wide choice of coastal scenery, from the most well-kept to the wildest, are just one aspect of the richness of southern Apulia, a place that as few others have been able to respect and pass on, enhance and revive their history and their cultural identity. The charm of the rural and coastal landscapes, the art, the traditional cuisine with the prevalent use of local products, and the hospitality characterize the territory that goes from the marinas of Melendugno and Santa Cesarea Terme to Otranto, from Porto Cesareo and Porto Selvaggio up to Gallipoli. The countryside drawn by dry stone walls and full of olive trees conceal ancient dolmens and menhirs, where old renovated farms offer hospitality to tourists. The urban landscape is dominated by whitewashed houses in the countryside and on the coast, while the historic centers are characterized by Lecce's Baroque, the recognizable pinkish yellow color of the buildings. Many events celebrate the musical tradition of Salento, in particular the Night of the Taranta, where the ancient rhythms of the Pizzica Salentina, emptied of their traditional anthropological connotations, welcome contamination and modern charm, so as to have generated in recent years a musical phenomenon with its own characteristics, while remaining firmly anchored to the territory of Salento.
Emilio Ambasz, visionary precursor of green architecture, designed the structure of the Kalidria, modeling it as an amphitheatre to incorporate it into the lush surrounding nature. Argentine by birth, American by adoption, Italian for at least four months a year, Ambasz has received awards and positions of prestige around the world. Known as the "green architect", his projects are the result of the fusion of nature and architecture, prophesizing for over 30 years an architecture that creates "The Green Over The Grey" with the aim of bringing the green also in the heart of the city.