You have arrived in Salento. After much anticipation and an overwhelming desire to explore this fascinating, simple and refined land here is a list of 10 things not to miss:
- A walk in the historical center of Lecce. Stroll along pathway, enjoy the Baroque architecture. Look up to see the cherubim smiling and seek out the many unexpected niches Enjoy the vintage style craft shops with adjoining store fronts. Stop to admire the hippie chic offerings.
- Iced coffee with almond syrup-Enjoyed sitting at a table watching people strolling by arm in arm.
- The sunset at Gallipoli from one of the many terraces overlooking the sea, this only, after you have explored and photographed the historical center and quaint alleyways.
- Piazza Plebiscito in Squinzano, where the elders gather to visit and mull over the day. You can observe the mothers of Cookinpuglia who still can be seen intently kneading the orecchiette dough, just like in the films of the fifties.
- The magic of Punta Palascia, in south of Salento , where you can savor the silence and photograph the Zen vistas.
- The “Specialties of the House” at the various Salento trattorias.
- Eat the frisa like a true Salentino native.
- Choose a beach according to the wind: be it a Scirocco or Tramontana. There are many beautiful beaches between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea.
- Travel by car to the Litoranea Otranto. Do not miss the hollow stop of bauxite and plan to lunch in the hinterland at a small, hidden restaurant that offers homemade cuisine.
- Allow yourself to be lulled by the refreshing breezes of Salento and flow with its’ energy.
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