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The Magic of Salento

The Salento peninsula, located at the “heel of Italy”, is famous for its beaches and crystal-clear waters. Amazing natural landscapes and ancient traditions make it a magical place perfect for celebrating special moments, events, ceremonies and dream vacation. The main city is Lecce, a splendid art city offering a Baroque styled old town entirely built in stone.

At the edge of the peninsula you have Santa Maria di Leuca, a renowned touristic place and port. In Punta Melisio, according to tradition, it’s possible to admire the meeting point of the waters from the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. At this point, the different salinity of the water and the currents make it possible to identify a real color demarcation line, a unique phenomenon visible in a few places in the world. On the promontory of Punta Melisio, you find the impressive lighthouse and the sanctuary “Santa Maria de finibus terrae” built to commemorate the passage of St. Peter here during his travel to Italy.

Otranto is the place where the first dawn of Italy rises. Every year the city lives the tradition of the New Year’s Eve where the first dawn of the year of Italy is celebrated at the foot of the Punta Palascia lighthouse. The village, considered among the most beautiful “borghi” of Italy, develops around the majestic “Castello Aragonese”. Near Otranto you have the protected oasis of Laghi Alimini and the sandy and uncontaminated “Baia dei Turchi”.

Salento is a land rich of amazing places such as Zinzulusa caves at Castro and the natural park of Porto Selvaggio, and places such as Gallipoli where night life fills beaches and night clubs, and yacht of VIPSs can be found. But it is also a land of history and tradition among the “borghi” of the Salento Grecia and the authentic masserie where it is possible to relive ancient rites and let yourself be carried away by the “pizzica”, folk dance of Salento known all over the world. Every summer at Melpignano, “La notte della Taranta” takes place, the most awaited event of the year in Salento!

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