La Naca della Taranta B&B
From $64 / night
- 5 bedrooms
- 5 bathrooms
- Sleeps 10
- Bed and Breakfast
Description from the owner
The bed and breakfast is inside an eighteenth-century palace built by a family of master masons and stonemasons. Its front is characterised by the white of a valuable local stone extracted from a very malleable tuffaceous rock and known as pietra leccese. If you decide to spend some of your time in our charming B&B;, you will also be able to admire the old tools of the stonemasons who carved by hand the beautiful stones which adorn the exterior.
The rooms were built according to architectural patterns peculiar to Salento, such as the typical vaulted ceilings. The keystone at the top of them keeps all the other stones in position in orde...Read more
La Naca della Taranta B&B
Galatina, Puglia, Italy
Additional Location Information
Galatina is a town where traces of the Latin and Greek culture coexist in harmony mingling with the magic and esoteric rites of tarantism.
Until some decades ago people from the whole of Salento got to Galatina on 29th June, when its patron saints are celebrated. Among them there were also women, the so-called tarantolate, who twisted and turned due to a tarantula bite and therefore needed to drink the water of the well of St. Paul’s Chapel because it was believed to have miraculous powers of healing. Nowadays this custom is just revived through the traditional dance named pizzica.
Galatina is rich in buildings of historical and artistic interest: that’s why it was declared City of Art in 2005. One of the most important buildings is St. Catherine’s Church, a precious example of the Apulian Romanesque style declared National Monument. There is also St. Peter and Paul’s Church and several elegant aristocratic palaces in the Baroque style, not to mention the three gates of the town – as a testimony of the old walls – and the three basilian crypts where the monks lived and prayed.
The origins of Galatina are certainly Greek, but there are only few traces of this culture by now. The first written document about our town dates back to 1178 and mentions it as Sancti Pietri in Galatina because, according to tradition, St. Peter stopped in these lands on his way from Antioch to Rome. It kept this name up to the Unity of Italy, when it just became Galatina.
Other documents attest that in the 13th century it was an important centre of Greek language, culture and rite, despite the spread of the Latin language encouraged by the Normans. In the 14th century, i.e. in the Angevin period, the fiefdom of San Pietro in Galatina passed under the control of the noble family del Balzo Orsini. Afterwards other aristocratic families succeded one another for brief periods of time: Castriota Scanderbeg, Sanseverino, Spinola, Gallarati-Scotti. Between the 17th and the 19th century the town expanded and was enriched by magnificent palaces.
Galatina and the three hamlets of its district – Collemeto, Noha and Santa Barbara – have a strong rural economy, especially with regard to wine production. For this reason Galatina is a member of a national association called Associazione Nazionale Città del Vino.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, City vacations
Last updated on March 15, 2013
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- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Towels Provided
- A/C or climate control
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Satellite or cable TV
- Stereo or CD player
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - yes
- Smoking allowed - yes
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - ask
- 400 square meters