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- SALENTO HOLIDAY PROPOSAL -
Salento is a sub-region of Italy which spreads in the south of Puglia, between Mar Ionio and Mar
The peninsula salentina was called from the Greeks Messapia (Land between two seas) because
Messapis lived there. In the course of centuries, the landscape was molded by Greeks, Romans,
Byzantines, Normans and Aragonese as this borderland acquired increasing strategic and
commercial importance . Each and every domination deeply affected the peninsula's landscape
and the identity of these ancient builders can be traced both in the countryside and in all the
Dry walls, menhirs, dolmen, sighting promontories (the so-called specchie) and underground oil-
mills are the most ancient evidence left by the Messapian people, an Illyrian-speaking population
that settled in the Salento peninsula in the first millennium BC. The Messapians occupied a vast
territory, known as Grecia Salentina, where traces of the ancient road network are still visible. This
territory's extension was gradually reduced and now includes eight municipalities where is present
a revival of the ancient local language, griko.
Ancient cathedrals, stately homes, castles and watchtowers are marks of Norman (11th and 12th
centuries) and Aragonese (13 and 15th centuries) occupation. These significantly altered the
medieval social and political structures, but the peninsula's landscape is also the product of the
peasants' daily toil as, for centuries, they unwearyingly worked an impervious and rocky soil,
dotting the countryside with casedd, the distinctive tool sheds built with rocks cleared from the
The most typical feature of this agrarian culture are the tenant farms, born of the fragmentation of
large landed estates, and equally distributed throughout the territory. Ever since the Middle Ages,
the system based on tenant farms reflects the economical structure - ownership, cultivation and
tenure of the land - that remained unchanged up to the 1950's. The architecture of these farms
varies from modest country houses to properly fortified manors for the defense of inland regions.
Around the second half of the 13th century, authority began to be displayed also in rural areas and
some of these edifices were enriched with elaborate porticoes, balconies, belvederes, formal
gardens stucco decorations and frescoes and became small gems of architecture.
Salento culture and traditions
The Barocco leccese' (Lecces baroque) is unique and it developed in the framework of the
Counter-Reformation and the foundation of reformed religious orders (Theatine and Jesuits).
Created in response to the Church's need to re-assert its authority, mainly through an ostentatious
display of power. Its distinctive, autonomous, style can be found in the particular, imaginative and
suggestive combination of architectural elements on the faade: porticoes, windows, balconies,
loggias, gargoyles, corbels, festoons, columns and cornices crowded with human figures, flowers
and animals. The expressiveness of these decorations overflows into the strictly religious areas
and can be found also on altars, ciboria and calvaries.
A good example is the Basilica of Santa Croce
among the more interesting and elaborate
religious edifices, featuring an extraordinary
profusion of decorative elements, namely the
corbels supporting the balcony (a typical
element of Lecce's architecture) and the
caryatids of the faade. Noteworthy, next to the
Basilica, is Palazzo della Prefettura, but also
Palazzo del Seminario, the churches of Santa
Chiara, SS. Nicol and Cataldo (restructured) and
A real Baroque gem is also piazza del Duomo which shows a particularly attractive synthesis of this
style's main features.
Figure 2 Piazza Duomo
Baroque art and its decorative criteria were soon followed in the whole of the Salento peninsula,
even in the smaller cities where the main monuments are no less significant than those in Lecce.
This architectural style is so important and unique that the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and
Activities of Lecce asked in 2006 to include Salento in the Unesco Heritage.
Figure 1 Faade Basilica di Santa Croce
Another unique characteristic of the peninsula salentina is the
traditional dance of Pizzica or Taranta.
In the past the population used to live in the country strictly in
contact with the ground and the animals, in between spiders
and especially the tarantola. Sometimes it happened that
during the harvest people would feel bad and faint. The person
bitted by the spider usually got in trance and he had no
reaction except to the popular music. Thats why the traditional
music started to be played to exorcize people bitted by the
tarantula and thats the origin of the name.
Now a days this dance is still very present and danced, also by
very young persons. In the last 10 days it has become more
important tanks to the summer festival (Notte della Taranta)
promoted by the Assessorato alla Cultura.
The destination Salento is also full of traditions linked with food and wine. This traditions are
recognized also on a national level, in fact in Italy there are the DOC and DOP marks that give to a
product the certification of high quality standard.
In Salento there are a lot of products which have this marks:
DOP (Denominazione di Origine Controllata/ )
The extra virgin olive oil of outstanding quality and features is recognized by the DOP
(Protected Designation of Origin), in Salento the DOP is assigned to the product Terra
DOC (Denominazione di origine controllata)
Among the most distinctive wines, which bear the mark of origin DOC (Designation of
controlled origin) in the south of Puglia there are:
o Aleatico, introduced in Italy by the Greeks in ancient times,
o the Negro Amaro, an old variety of unknown origin,
o Malvasia Nera,
o Salice Salentino,
o Primitivo di Manduria.
Traditional food products certification:
Promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry the requirement to be
recognized as a Traditional Food Products (PAT) is to be obtained by methods of processing,
preservation and maturing consolidated over time, uniform across the entire region, according
to traditional rules for a period not less than twenty-five years.
In Puglia there are 220 PAT products.
Figure 3 Taranta dance
Salento is easily achievable. In fact Lecce is only 45 Km far from Brindisi and 150 Km far from Bari.
Figure 4 Puglia ports and airports
In Brindisi there is both an airport and a port. The airport provides national and international flight through low-cost and luxury air companies. National direct flight from and to Brindisi are:
Destination Air Company Frequency
Milano Malpensa Easyjet Every day, once a day
Milano Orio al Serio Ryanair Each day, three times a day
Roma Ciampino Ryanair Every day, twice a day
Venice Ryanair Four times a week, once a day
Torino Ryanair Four times a week, once a day
Bologna Ryanair Each day, two times a day
Pisa Ryanair Every day, once a day
Brussels Charleroi Ryanair Once a week, once a day
Eindhoven Ryanair Once a week, once a day
London Ryanair Four times a week, once a day
Genve Easyjet Three times a week, once a day
Paris Ryanair Twice a week, once a day
Easyjet Three times a week, once a day
Barcelona Ryanair Once a week, once a day
Stockholm Ryanair Twice a week, once a day
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