Salento Introduction

Salento Introduction

  • Salento Introduction, Italy, Agni Travel
  • Salento Introduction, Italy, Agni Travel
  • Salento Introduction, Italy, Agni Travel

Overview of Salento

Overview of Salento, Salento Introduction, Italy, Agni Travel

The peninsula at the most southerly reaches of Apulia, which forms the heel of the proverbial Italian boot, is Salento. With the Adriatic on its east coast, and the Ionian on its western shores Salento enjoys over 250 km of coastline, for which it is famous.
The western coastline has some spectacular stretches of sweeping, golden sand beach. It is here that the city of Gallipoli, (whose name is taken from the Greek ?Kallipolis?, meaning beautiful city), is built on an island and connected to the mainland by a bridge. On the east coast, especially around the Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca areas, cliffs give way to tiny rocky coves and pretty little bays.
The churches in its principal town, Lecce (often called the Florence of the south), pay tribute to the barocco leccese style, many being entirely covered with ornate carvings, whilst the piazza in Nard is said to be the most beautiful in the all Salento.

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Flying to Apulia and Salento

Flying to Apulia and Salento, Salento Introduction, Italy, Agni Travel

Flights into the Apulia area couldnt be easier, with two major airports in the region, based at Bari and Brindisi, both of which enjoy year round flights that originate from across the UK. The Italian railway system is a wonderful way to enjoy the spectacular and ever changing scenery. Flying into Rome, then taking a train to the south is another viable travel option, especially if you are considering a two centre holiday.

Flying to Apulia and Salento, Salento Introduction, Italy, Agni Travel

Flying to Apulia and Salento, Salento Introduction, Italy, Agni Travel

Flying to Apulia and Salento, Salento Introduction, Italy, Agni Travel

Flying to Apulia and Salento, Salento Introduction, Italy, Agni Travel

Flying to Apulia and Salento, Salento Introduction, Italy, Agni Travel

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places to visit

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Santa Maria di Leuca

Santa Maria di Leuca is the southernmost point of Salento, divided into an upper part (the proper Santa Maria di Leuca, with its monastery and lighthouse) and a lower part by the sea (named Marina di Leuca).
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Otranto

Otranto, a lively tourist centre built around its castle and cathedral, is the easternmost Italian town.
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Castro marina and Zinzulusa`s Caves

The area of Castro, 11 km southern from Otranto, is divided into an upper part (town) and a lower part by the sea (marina) and has been inhabited since the prehistoric era.
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Santa Cesarea Terme

Santa Cesarea Terme is an important and lively tourist destination on the coast at the entrance of Otranto's Canal. What makes Santa Cesarea Terme so popular with the holidaymakers and lively even during the low season is its thermal area.
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Lecce

Lecce, the main city of Salento peninsula, is also known as the Baroccan Florence of the south. Its architecture, virtually unique in Italy, makes Lecce an important cultural and tourist destination.
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Tricase

Tricase is a lovely little town (divided into an upper and a lower part by the sea called 'Tricase Porto') in the heart of Salento region, about 50 km south of Lecce.
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Gallipoli and the west coast

The town of Gallipoli is known as the 'Ionian Pearl' and is the most elite destination in Salento. Rich in services, beaches, entertainment Gallipoli has become, year by year, a favourite among tourists from all over the world.

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