Known as the ‘heel of Italy’, the Salento area is an extensive historical region which includes the Province of Lecce, the greater part of the Province of Brindisi and part of that of Taranto.
Washed by two seas, the more than 250 km of the Salento Peninsula stretch from the Ionian shore, shallow and sandy, to the rugged Adriatic coast, marked by a succession of caves and rock formations.
In the interior, the idyllic countryside alternates olive orchards with dry stone walls. Here, you will find the well-known masserie
, traditional fortified farmhouses, now offering tourist accommodation and an authentic rural experience
Not only sea and countryside. The Salento also boasts some of the most beautiful villages and hamlets in Italy
, Castro, Specchia – and fine historic cities, including Lecce
, known as the ‘Florence of the South’ with its unmistakable Baroque soul.
A Region set between east and west, the Salento harbours jealously the remains of the peoples who have passed through and it guards an authentic Mediterranean spirit, to be found in its cuisine, picturesque villages and folk traditions.
Not to be missed in Salento
The Salento beaches
Where to spend the night in Salento
The coast, the countryside, the historic hamlets – the Salento area offers various solutions to savour to the best its most characteristic facets: comfortable hotels by the sea, fine old farmhouses, appealing historic residences set in the alleyways of the historic centres.
When to visit the Salento area
Its beaches and lively night life make the Salento an ideal choice for summer vacations, but the ever-present sun and mild climate offer an attraction year round, when it is pleasing to explore and discover the area and its history, traditions and wine and food.