Discover Salento: The municipalities

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Lecce

The undisputed world capital of the Baroque era, known as the Florence of Apulia, is filled with monuments, churches, cathedrals, palaces and museums – a genuine explosion of art and culture. Places to visit: the Basilica of S.Croce, the Celestine Monastery, the Roman Theatre, the Cathedral and the Piazza del Duomo.

Otranto

This splendid city is home to the Alfonsino Castle, set amongst the high walls surrounding it. A magnificent view of the tourist port can be admired from here. The Byzantine Cathedral dating back to the year 1100, one of the largest in the region, hosts medieval thought in its entirety: the floor mosaic.

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Grecia Salentina

Grecia Salentina incorporates nine municipalities: Calmiera, Castrignano dei Greci, Corigliano d'Otranto, Martano, Martignano, Melpignano, Soleto, Sternatia and Zollino. The language spoken here is what identifies the area. Greek has found a way to survive. The fact that the area is flat probably facilitated communication. Traces of Greece are found in the architecture, popular music and cuisine.

Santa Maria di Leuca

The Shrine of Santa Maria di Leuca can be reached by following the coastline. It is always exciting to stand on the strip of land known to the Romans as the "finibus terrae", the place where the two seas meet.

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Gallipoli

From the Greek "Kale Polìs", "beautiful city", this "Pearl of the Ionian Sea" is located on a small fortified island that is connected to the modern city by a bridge dating back to the 17th century. The Greek Fountain stands at the end of this bridge. Places to visit: the Basilica of Sant'Agata, the Church of Purità, the Greek Fountain.

Castro

This town has origins from the olden days and is divided into two separate residential districts: Castro Superiore and Castro Marina. The first displays evidence of its ancient splendour like the ruins of a 16th century manor and the four towers standing along the ruins of the walls that once surrounded the city. Castro Marina displays the houses and small villas arranged around a cove along the coastline. It is a carefree oasis of peace during the summer months. Places to visit: the Grotta della Zinzulusa cave and the prehistoric Grotta Romanelli cave.

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Casarano

A mosaic of history and culture, this city is a place where tradition and folklore are constantly present in our modern "modus vivendi". Places to visit: the Church of Casaranello.

Ugento

This is the land of the sun bordered with a lovely trim of sweet and wild landscapes. To this day, Ugento appears as an ancient village protected by a medieval castle. In this town, the walls and stones tell us more about prehistoric times than of history. Places to visit: the Castle, the Cathedral, the Messapian walls and the Archaeological Museum.

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