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Discovering Salento, land of festivals

19 Gen

Wine, wheat, snails, octopus: what do these foods have in common? Easy to say if you’re from Salento! They are all the protagonists of some of the most famous festivals of Salento.

Only in few regions of Italy the traditions of the table are celebrated as happens in this land. Especially in the summer, there are plenty of events in each village, where we celebrate a specialty of gastronomy or a product of the earth, tasted and prepared in many variations. Continua a leggere

Salento, things to see in 3 days in Salento on the Ionian coast

12 Gen

If you are looking for an oasis of peace to escape from your everyday life, Salento is a perfect destination, halfway between a cultural holiday, the food and wine experience and the relaxation at the sea. If you can get away from work, friends and relatives for only 3 days, here it is a useful guide to discover the places you must see on the Ionian coast. Continua a leggere

Salento, things to see in 3 days on the Adriatic coast

5 Gen

You have the weekend off to escape from the routine and you choose the Salento to enjoy the sun and the wonderful beaches. Yes, we all agree that three days of vacation are not so many, but they can still be enough to appreciate the beauties of this land.

We prepared for you a mini-guide of things to see in the Salento in 3 days, if you travel along the Adriatic coast. If you have planned a longer vacation, read here. Continua a leggere

Salento, things to do in 7 days on the Adriatic coast

22 Dic

With about 150 km of coastline, Salento offers a unique variety of landscapes, sea and beaches. So we’d better plan our journey in order to be sure of visiting the most important places.

That is why, in this guide, you will find some advice and above all a valid itinerary to keep in mind when you visit the Adriatic coast, if you are here for 7 days. (For the things to see in 7 days on the Ionian, click here). Continua a leggere

Salento, things to do in 7 days on the Ionian coast

15 Dic

You chose Salento to enjoy a week of relaxation, sun, sea and beaches, but you haven’t planned the things to do yet. Here it is a useful guide to enjoy 7 days of vacation, without forgetting any place worth seeing!

Let’s start from Lecce, and then we travel along the entire Ionian coast. You can choose to travel by car (the roads easily connect all the towns), or you can rely on public transport (if you come in summer, there is the excellent “Salento in Bus” service that connects all the marinas of the Salento). If you need to understand which transport means is right for you, read here. Continua a leggere

Discovering Salento, between sea and amusement parks: Ciuchino Birichino is waiting for you!

26 Mag

If you want to spend the day with your children outdoor and in contact with nature, the Adventure Park “Ciuchino Birichino” is what you have been looking for.

An area of ​​over 80 hectares will be the ideal place for adventure activities such as walking paths on old trees, trekking, orienteering, walking, carriage rides and more. Continua a leggere

Discovering Salento, between sea and amusement parks: the museum “Castromediano” in Lecce

19 Mag

The Provincial Museum “S. Castromediano” in Lecce is the oldest museum in Puglia. Founded in 1868 by Sigismondo Castromediano, the museum collects numerous testimonies of the Messapian civilization and Roman settlements up to the art of the 20th century.

The collection boasts, among other things, the most complete collection of Attic red-figure vases, messapian ceramics and finally statues of the imperial age, coming from the amphitheater. Continua a leggere

Discovering Salento, between sea and amusement parks: museum of natural history

12 Mag

The Museum of Natural History in Calimera, a few kilometers south of Lecce, is the ideal place to observe the variety of the naturalistic heritage of Salento.

With over two thousand square meters of exhibition space, the museum is the largest in Southern Italy and is divided into two paths: the Vivarium and the wildlife park. The exhibition sections are classified by subject: from Astronomy to Mineralogy, from Paleontology to Botany. Continua a leggere

Discovering Salento, between sea and amusement parks: an outdoor museum in Caprarica

28 Apr

From the prehistory to the Middle Ages, passing through the Romans: six sections, all over 12 hectares of land, make the history come back to life in the largest open-air museum of Italy. Kalòs, the Archeodromo del Salento is located in the Serra of Galugnano, in Caprarica di Lecce and it is a sort of museum that recalls the life of mankind from prehistory to the more recent times. Continua a leggere

How to get around in Salento on vacation, the guide to choose the best vehicle

21 Apr

You have organized your holiday in Salento thinking of everything: you have chosen the destination, you have booked the place to stay and, finally, you have also made a short list of things to see. In fact, you don’t want to stay in one place for the entire stay, but you want to take the opportunity to explore the wonders that this land has to offer.

Ok, Salento is not a boundless area, but knowing how to choose the means to move around can save you time and stress! Here is a brief guide on how to move around in Salento, depending on your needs.

BY CAR

If you have decided to travel by car, you will reach Salento via the A14 if you come from the North, or along the A1 from Central Italy. Once in place, move between one location and the other will be fairly easy.

The hinterland, in fact, is well connected to both coasts (Ionian and Adriatic) and you can choose whether to take the coastal road to be enchanted by the surrounding landscape or to take the state road for a smoother course.

There are two main arteries: the highway 101-274 that connects Lecce to Gallipoli, up to Santa Maria di Leuca, and the state road 16 which will take you to Maglie and Otranto and then the 275 to Leuca.

BY TRAIN

If you choose to come to Salento by train you will stop in Lecce. From there you can decide whether to explore the Salento by bus or continue with the train, using the lines of the South-East Railway (Ferrovia Sud-Est).

BY BUS

If you travel by train or plane, an excellent solution to move around in Salento is definitely the bus.

The summer lines of the “Salento in Bus” service, conceived by the province of Lecce, are now a solid certainty of every summer. Throughout the season, in fact, you can move easily and in a low cost way from the hinterland to the marinas, thanks to the 9 lines that branch out all over the Salento region.

You can reach easily the most famous towns such as Otranto, Gallipoli and Santa Maria di Leuca and the coastal resorts such as Porto Cesareo, Torre Dell’Orso, Castro, etc.

STP‘s services are also active, namely the Public Transportation Company of Terra d’Otranto.

VEHICLE RENTAL: CAR OR BIKE?

The most comfortable way to explore the Salento is undoubtedly with your own vehicle. If you arrived by plane or train and you don’t have a car to move, the best solution is to rent one.

Not just a car, but also a bike. The Salento is, in fact, a land to be discovered and mostly uncontaminated. What better choice to opt for a cycle touring itinerary, moving around, staying in contact with nature?

TRANSFER SERVICE

One of the last options you have for exploring the Salento is to rely on a transfer to move from one or more areas of the Salento peninsula or simply to get from the airport to your destination in the Lecce province and vice versa.

For car/bike rental or transfer service, you can find all the info and contacts you need by writing to:

informazioni@villesalento.it

Now that you’ve chosen the right vehicle to move, all you have to do is book your stay, pack your suitcase and start exploring the magnificent Salento!

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