A sun-kissed territory all year round, Salento is a treasure trove of unique art, exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, and genuine hospitality.

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The Salento Penisula

The rest of Italy has long been in love with Salento for its relaxed Mediterranean chic. If some of the towns here don't feel quite Italian, there is a reason for it: up until the end of the 20th century many of the inhabitants spoke mainly Greek. Here you will find ecletic traces of Arabian, Spanish and Byzantine cultures mingled with the warm and informal hospitality of the Italian South.

The capital of Salento is Lecce, easily the most beautiful city in Puglia. Often known as the “Florence of the South”, its ornate architecture and cultural heritage impress at every turn. The stone of the city is famous for being very easy to carve and for its rich creamy yellow colour. Throughout the extensive historical centre you will see countless examples of exquisite baroque architecture, from grand houses with carved balconies to the gorgeous façade of the Basilica Santa Croce. Otranto occupies the most easterly point on the Italian peninsular and officially celebrates New Year’s Eve first in the country. This picturesque seaside town is particularly famous for its Cathedral, dating back to 1088 which contains an extremely unusual mosaic floor, the “Tree of Life” depicting images from religions around the world. The small sandy beach is perfect for a relaxing dip after lunch at one of the many seaside restaurants on the sea and the pretty winding streets provide plenty of tempting shopping for colourful clothes and artefacts.



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