Salento, the wild call of the sea and nature

Salento

From the imposing architecture of Otranto’s Aragonese Castle, vigilant on Italy’s windy easternmost tip, the route continues through the harsh and intense wild beauty of the “Serre Salentine” plateau. The strong colours, sun-baked soils, rocky coves and scented gardens with a Byzantine atmosphere give visitors a feeling of freedom and a sense of authenticity. Now, as in the past, folk traditions are very much alive and mark the rhythms of the seasons, just as craftsmanship reinterprets the oldest skills. Local foods are full of the aromatic Mediterranean flavours, while the slow pace of daily life is accompanied by a gentle climate and the deep bond between the people and natural cycles of this land.

Don’t miss:

  • the Aragonese Castle and Otranto Cathedral
  • the Salento’s most impressive patron saint festival, Santa Domenica at Scorrano
  • Scorrano’s exquisite local pottery

What to try:

  • knead dough at the bakery in Minervino di Lecce
  • experience rural life with your five senses, in an atmospheric bionatural masseria
  • wines and olive oils in the territory’s wineries and olive oil presses

 



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