Unspoilt Salento

Otranto

La penisola Salentina nel sud della Puglia è il ‘tacco’ d’Italia.
In Salento si trovano alcune delle città più belle d’Italia: Gallipoli, Otranto, Lecce e Leuca.
Anche tanti piccoli centri tra le gemme del Salento come Specchia, Carpignano Salentino, Corigliano d’Otranto e Martano assolutamente da visitare per riscoprire i magnifici centri storici gelosamente custoditi.
Tutte queste città conservano i forti legami storici del Salento con la Grecia: il dialetto locale ‘Grika’, la gastronomia, la cultura e la religione hanno evidenti radici nella cultura Ellenica, la quale viene ancora celebrata con feste, fiere e molto altro.
L’entroterra salentino gioca un ruolo fondamentale nell’agricolutra italiana, producendo enormi quantità di olio d’oliva e di vini d’eccellenza. Per quanto riguarda il turismo, l’attrazione principale è rappresentata dalle numerose città costiere e dalle meravigliose spiagge.

The Salento Peninsula in southern Puglia is the heel of Italy’s boot.
Salento is home to some of Italy’s loveliest towns and cities: the sea-front fortified gems of Gallipoli and Otranto, the baroque sophistication of Lecce and the luxurious seaside Liberty pleasures of Leuca.
But  Salento is also full with small sleepy towns that are off the tourist trail but greatly worth visiting for their unspoilt historic centres. Examples include Specchia and the so-called Greek towns of Calimera, Carpignano Salentino, Castrignano dei Greci, Corigliano d’Otranto, Cutrofiano, Martano, Martignano, Melpignano, Soleto, Sternatia and Zollino.
These towns preserve Salento’s strong historic ties with Greece, dating back thousands of years. The local dialect, ‘Grika’, and many of the area’s gastronomic, cultural and religious traditions have evident Hellenic roots which are celebrated with frequent festivals, including the hugely popular and energetic Notte della Taranta.
Salento’s hinterland plays a fundamental role in Italy’s agricultural economy, producing enormous quantities of excellent olive oil and full-bodied, robust wines, the long and varied coastline, however, that is the major attraction for the area’s tourist industry. Home to some of Italy’s loveliest beaches and most dramatic rocky coastline, the Salento is a haven for sea lovers.

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