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THE SALENTO
Lecce - Piazza Duomo Our immaginary tour through the beauties of Salento starts from Lecce, the town of Barocco, an architectonic style that owes its origin to the ductility of the local “leccese” stone. This itinerary is characterized by reality and fantasy, simple tradition and art treasures.
You must visit: The castle of Carlo V, the Roman amphitheatre, the Roman Theatre, St. Matthew church, Piazza Duomo (see the picture), St. Irene church, Sts. Niccolò and Cataldo church, the Convent of Olivetani, Palazzo Andretta, Palazzo dei Celestini, Palazzo Adorno and the Basilica of Santa Croce, with its astonishing baroc façade.
 
Gallipoli is an important historical centre. It is also called The Pearl of the Ionian sea (“La Perla dello Ionio”). It is an isle linked to dry land by means of a bridge made up of small stone arches. At the end of the bridge, in the new part, there is the Greek- Roman Fountain (Fontana greco- romana) and the Arena Rivellino, that look on the Ancient City. In Gallipoli there are beautiful long and white sandy beaches and fascinating cliffs.
You must visit: The Cathedral, the underground oil mills, the bastions and the walls running around the historical centre, the fish market, the Chiesa della Purità, St. Francesco d’Assisi church, St. Angelo church.
Gallipoli
 
Otranto Our tour goes on to Otranto. This noble and refined town has been so important since ancient times that the provinces of Lecce, Taranto and Brindisi are called “Terra d’Otranto”. Near Otranto there are the Alimini Lakes (“Laghi Alimini”), a nature itinerary extending for more than 400 hectares of land. This place is a real paradise thanks to its long beaches (more than 10 Km) and its very clear blue sea water, one of the cleanest in Italy.
You must visit: The Cathedral, where there are the relics of the Martyrs of the terrible 1840 Turkish siege; the wonderful mosaic flooring by brother Pantaleone, which portrays the Tree of Life; the Walls; the Castle and the beautiful historic centre full of typical Roman little streets.
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The next stages of the tour are: Santa Cesarea Terme, Santa Maria di Leuca, Marittima and Castro.>>>

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