Salento, wine, castles and baroque flavours


A favourite destination for wine tourists, this territory holds the real identity of Italy’s easternmost point, and offers visitors experiences involving the senses, taste, mysticism and history. The castles of this area are either fortresses on the sea or else surrounded by sun-baked old towns. The vineyards are an essential element of the landscape and the leitmotiv of this itinerary, which culminates among the floral triumph of Lecce’s baroque architecture. Don’t miss the mystical story of tarantism, the most genuine expression of the area’s historical cultural identity, and be sure to encounter the most intense local flavours and the ancient symbol of local wine – Negroamaro.

Don’t miss:

  • a guided tour of Lecce’s old town and most important baroque buildings
  • Negroamaro vineyard on the ramparts of Copertino’s Angevin Castle
  • visit Gallipoli Castle and the old town
  • the Church of San Paolo at Galatina, the site of Tarantism

What to try:

  • cotognata leccese in the city’s cake shops
  • pasticciotto, a small cake found in every café
  • cookery school in Lecce
  • wines and olive oils in the territory’s wineries and olive oil presses


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