Salento is the south-eastern extremity of the Puglia region. Salento peninsula is a rock of limestone dividing the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea.
Salento's coasts are varied, and can be sandy or rocky, but all boast pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters.
LECCE: The Florence of the South
Because of the rich Baroque architecture (called the barocco leccese) of the monuments of the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South". Lecce is a historic city of 95,200 inhabitants, the second province in the region by population, as well as one of the most important cities of Puglia.
In terms of industry the "Lecce stone" is the city's main export, because it is very soft and malleable, thus suitable for sculptures. Lecce is also an important agricultural centre, chiefly for its olive oil and wine production, as well as an industrial centre specialising in ceramic production.
Porto Cesareo, Gallipoli, Torre dell'Orso, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Santa Cesarea Terme, Ostuni, Casalabate, Ugento, Manduria.
LA PIZZICA- TRADITIONAL DANCING
Pizzica (taratanta) is an old ritual dance against the bite of the tarantula, the poisonous spider. The rythmic sound of the tambourine must be constant in order to drive out the demon from the victim's body (usually a woman, "la pizzicata").
There is another type of Pizzica (Pizzica do' core), expressing the love and the passion during the courtship between a man and a woman; usually the woman wears a red scarf and, after dancing with different partners, she will choose the one who won her heart by giving him the scarf.
The Taranta is so famous in Italy that every year (August, 24th) people from all over the country go to the small village of MELPIGNANO to assist and dance at the NOTTE DELLA TARANTA (The Night of the Taranta ) FESTIVAL. Many local festival dedicated to the Taranta can be find all over the Salento during the Summer, waiting for the final Festival (www.lanottedellataranta.it/)
One of the most famous band playing the Pizzica is ALLA BUA.