A land of history and traditions. Salento’s charm lays in its villages, festivals, cuisine, beaches and entertainment from the Adriatic coast with the marinas of Melendugno, Santa Cesarea Terme and Otranto, to the Ionian Sea that flows through Porto Cesareo, Portoselvaggio and Gallipoli.
Here the Middle Ages are influenced by the colours of Orient and old nursery rhymes in "griko" resound in the “Grecìa Salentina”, as in Melpignano, where ancient rhythms become contemporary music on the Notte della Taranta.
A magical land in which mysterious dolmens and menhirs decorate the hidden path among olive trees and dry-stone walls. You can discover early Christian churches and underground oil mills.
A walk in Lecce, the "Florence of the South", is a journey into the Baroque, among churches and buildings embroidered in stone, courtyards, secret gardens and the surprise of a Roman amphitheater in the heart of the city.
In Brindisi you can visit two castles and enjoy the view on the Regina Margherita seafront.
You wil discover lively Gallipoli with its ancient village and the white houses with terraced roofs; Otranto and the Aragonese Castle where history, legend and beauty interwine; Santa Maria di Leuca, famous for its caves and seabed and its white sandy bays alternate with cliffs overlooking the sea.
The papier-mâché and stone artisan shops are present in the suburbs and on their table you can find all the flavors of Salento, which can be savored with excellent local wine: the “tria”, homemade pasta prepared with chickpeas, or also tasty wild vegetables and delicious desserts like the "pasticciotto" with a soft cream and the "spumone", an excellent homemade ice cream.