Salento, the south-eastern tip of Italy, is washed by both the Adriatic and Ionian seas.
Ancient olive groves and vineyards thrive upon the brick red soil of this region, where the summers are long hot and dry and the winters are mild.The landscape rolls gently toward the coast where mediterranean shrub and pine forests fill the air with a magical fragrance.
Lecce, Salento’s capital, is a vibrant university city, and one of the most beautiful in Italy.
It’s a celebration of Baroque architecture from the breathtaking Piazza Duomo to the magnificent Basilica di Santa Croce. On every street architectural works of art abound and have been recreated in many of Salento’s other cities such as Nardò, Galatina, Maglie and Gallipoli.
The Salento peninsula is a land of olive groves and vinyards.
Ancient olive orchards reach as far as the eye can see, making this the second largest olive oil producing region in the world. The Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia grapes of Salento produce rich full bodied wines to savour whilst dining on the traditional dishes of this southern mediterranean province.
This is also the home of the Tarantella, a traditional combination of dance and music. The Pizzica dance is a re-enactment of the mad fever induced by the bite of a spider. During summer, local villages host traditional festivals and events, religious and pagan, and throughout the year no excuse is necessary for a celebration. Firework displays are common and the most spectacular festival of all is the Scorrano Luminarie, a Son et Lumière festival held in July.
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