Month: July 2020

Will Italy finally move toward LGBTQ+ equality?

Many think of Italy as being LGBTQ+ friendly. Here in Puglia we sometimes feel we are “protected” by a permissive bubble, especially come summer time in Salento. Yet Italy trails behind many other European countries in moving towards the equal treatment of LGBT people. Criminal law sanctions discrimination on racial or religious grounds but there […]

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Covid-19 in Puglia | 26 July Bulletin

This morning’s La Repubblica – one of the Italy’s main newspapers – reports that Puglia has 30 new confirmed Covid infections in the last 3 days. The trend of new infections spiking continues. Last weekend there were 15 new cases reported in our region over a similar 3-day period. The majority of new cases, it is […]

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Last night Dior held a stunning fashion show in Lecce’s Piazza del Duomo to launch their Collezione Cruise 2021. From the pizzica to the luminaria – Salento really did take centre stage at a stunning show. You can watch the video and enjoy the sights and sounds of Salento at its best on the Dior […]

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Covid-19 in Puglia | 20 July Bulletin

This morning’s Quotidiano di Puglia – one of the region’s main newspapers – reports that Puglia is on alert following a spike in new coronavirus infections, all of whom are visitors recently arrived from abroad. In the last 24-hours seven new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed, bringing the total of new infections in our region […]

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Covid-19 in Puglia: 6 – 12 July

According to the most recently published index of Covid-19 infections, Puglia currently has one of the lowest infection rates in Italy. Puglia’s R0 for the period 6 – 12 July published on 17 July is 0.07.   Puglia’s favourite family-friendly beaches – find out more. Official Covid-19 guidance relating to beaches and restaurants from the […]

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Covid19 guidance for visitors to Puglia

The Regional Government are responsible for implementing and regulating Covid19 measures for the reopening of businesses. With regard to restaurants in Puglia the rules include: Access should be limited so that it is always possible to maintain the minimum interpersonal distance of one meter Customers’ temperature should be taken, anyone with a temperature above 37.5° […]

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Bari | Where to eat | La Ciclatera Sotto il Mare

Forget what you may have heard about Bari Vecchia being a gritty “no-go” area for locals. Extensive regeneration was undertaken years ago transforming the area into a fine destination for visitors. And while there are sparking, expensively refurbished apartments with amazing terraces overlooking the Adriatic within the old town you can still see and hear […]

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Travelling to Italy – Covid19 information

The website of the Italian Health Ministry has a wealth of information (in English) on travelling to Italy. For a useful FAQ in English – see here. There is more general information from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for foreigners in Italy here. Am I allowed to visit Italy? From June 3, people will […]

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Pôr do Sol, LED Beach Gallipoli

Gallipoli has a well known reputation for being one of Italy’s top gay destinations, drawing a cosmopolitan and sophisticated international gay crowd. We recently spent a great couple of days there and found ourselves hanging out at Lido Pôr do Sol (Baia Verde 73014, Gallipoli).

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