Salento is the extreme southeast extension of Italy, bathed by two seas, the Ionian and the Adriatic. In the heart of this land lies Lecce, the “Florence of the south:” splendid monuments and a baroque atmosphere, the perfect place to linger.
If you glance at a map, you’ll see we’ll be on the belly of it all. The relaxed yet pulsing atmosphere will do the rest…together with pretty nice beaches, baking sun and tasteful local food…
People here has been known for letting everyone feel at ease and enjoy everything this land can give. With an intense desire to party with different musical styles from pizzica to house you can see why the Italians themselves love the place so much.
Salento is a mild and full of energy land, with the sunlight always protagonist, where the quality of the life is one of the best, thanks to splendid vineyards with cellars, secular olive groves very similar to natural sculptures, marine and inland oasis and an uncontaminated nature.
Nature and Territory
The Puglian region is mainly characterized by its big level extension and for the more than 800 km of coast. The mountainous area are scarce and referable to the Dauno Appenino and to Gargano, while the Tavoliere, the Murge and the Salento represent the level and hilly areas.
The underground hydrography is consistent: the numerous stratum, both along the coasts and towards the inland, more than being exploited for the irrigations, have generated a really unique tangle of caves and caverns.
Worth to be visited the beaches of Alimini with its high dunes, the low coast of Galipoli, the 12 km of beaches of Uggento, the rocky walls of Porto Selvaggio, the white beaches of Porto Cesareo, and for the most courageous, the high cliffs of Polignano a Mare. Also wonderful the Tremiti isles at the North of Gargano and the other small islands.
The almond and olive tree are the characteristic plants that adorn the long field expanses but during the summer time is the blood red color of the ground that becomes protagonist with the green of the Mediterranean spot. The vegetation of this region is special in every season and worth being visited in all periods of the year.
The Salento particularity
The habitants of the area comprising the whole province of Lecce, almost all the population of Brindisi and part of the one of Taranto, distingue themselves by the glottological and cultural characteristics very different from the ones of the rest of Puglia.
Within the Salento territory there actually are peculiar ethnological-linguistic enclaves , in which it is spoken a neo-greek dialect known as grecanico or griko, that probably draws its roots from medieval migrations as Salento has always been a door to the Orient.
History, Art, Culture
Puglia is one of the richest in prehistoric finds regions of Italy. The Puglia history is very particular, because on this territory have alternate in the centuries and in the millenniums various denominations, from Magna Grecia to Impero Romano, from Impero Bizantino to Svevi, always occupying a primary position in the wheat and oil production.
Puglia is a region that has also crossed dark and poor historical moments, that presently reflect on the humbleness and simplicity of the Puglia life. The Bourbon domination, that has brought a little peace on the region, was soon substituted by Regno d’Italia, which has divided the region in the current provinces.
The architectonical landscape of Puglia, but especial of Salento, recalls the Greece cities for the absolute prevalence of the white houses “a calce”, without roof, especially in the countryside and on the coast, while the historical centers are characterized by the leccese baroque.
It s about a Spanish inheritance of Plateresco, that comparing to the Baroque of the rest of Italy undresses itself of the pictorial excess of insides and transforms the outside façades of the churches and palaces in true sculptured tapestries.