Take a map of Italy, the famous boot of Europe, now look at the southernmost part of the heel, we like to call it the ‘’ Stiletto’’, this is where Salento is located in the region known as Puglia.
A long flat tongue of land that laps two seas: the Adriatic to the east, the Ionian to the west.
The geographical position of this land is the first reason for choosing Salento. But we have a few more!
Salento is home to some of Italy’s loveliest towns and cities, home to the best example of baroque architecture. Villages are dotted around, each one having its charm and architectural style.
Examples include Specchia and the so-called Greek towns of Calimera, Carpignano Salentino, Castrignano dei Greci, Corigliano d’Otranto, Cutrofiano, Martano, Martignano, Melpignano, Soleto, Sternatia and Zollino.
Agriculture plays a large economic role in Salento and finding fresh and genuine produce adds to the vibrancy and the originality of this ancient land.
The development of the wine industry has now put Salento at the top list for many wine aficionado and buyers from all over the globe.
To mention a few: Negroamaro, Primitivo di Manduria, Susumaniello and Salice Salentino.
Another Why Salento?
The long and varied coastline makes Salento, one of Europe’s main seaside destinations.
Salento represents a haven for sea lovers. Golden sandy beaches stretching around the coastline, cliffs and lagoons make Salento a hidden gem in Europe.
This land is kissed by the sun all year round, with full spring arriving in early April and very mild temperatures until late November or early December.
Another Why Salento?
Historical buildings can still be purchased at a resonable price; these buildings still carry the signs of the recent wealthy past. Traditional pattern tiled floors (cementine), arched ceilings and cast-iron balconies are just some of the beautiful and valuable features that can be found.
You can see great examples of these fantastic properties which have been fully restored back to their full splendour.
Towns of importance like Lecce, Nardo, Brindi and Ostuni are a demonstration of a modern trend, the desire of restoring and utilising the original features found in abundance in some of these buildings. Making the restoration and the refurbishing process a beautiful experience!
Carabbian like waters, genuine food and wine, affordable living, impressive buildings and undiscovered land await those who venture to Salento, the sun-kissed south of Puglia at the heel of Italy’s boot.