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What will the summer 2022 be like? The trends for the next season

23 Gen

Eco-sustainability, cleanliness of the rooms, distancing. These are the trends that Italian tourism will have to deal with for the 2022 season. A trend, which began last year and which, with encouraging data, will also accompany the Italians next summer.

For the third consecutive year, the tourism sector will have to contend with restrictions and safety protocols to convince millions of tourists, Italians and non-Italians, to move to the borders of the Italy. But the data appears to be encouraging. Despite the new variant and the general climate of unpredictability that this has brought, the insiders will not be caught unprepared and will be ready to meet the needs of the “homo turisticus” which seem to confirm the trends of the past season.

Sustainability, digitization, proximity tourism will therefore be the watchwords for the 2022 tourist season. The climate of general uncertainty is counterbalanced by the desire to start traveling again of many tourists who will choose to travel mainly within national borders.

The trend of traveling as revenge to Covid and confinement has been renamed “revenge travel” which will prompt many tourists to book for the 2022 holidays. The new season will still be marked by national tourism, car travel will be privileged. Encouraging data, however, also come from international tourism which timidly appeared last season and which will increase the positive trend also in that of 2022.

There are three factors that lead us to think that the presence of foreign tourists, especially Europeans, will start to grow again:

  • fewer restrictions on international mobility;
  • the global increase in vaccination and greater confidence;
  • digital certification

Holiday homes, possibly with garden and swimming pool, accessories such as wi-fi and air conditioning, cleaning and sanitation of the rooms will be the most sought after features by Italians for their holidays.

The tourist of the 2022 season will be an attentive one, who will evaluate the destination and the services considering the sanitary measures, as well as the level of infection of the destination. He is a tourist who needs information and reassurance.

Not only. Sustainability will be another factor to look at. Environmental concern and the awakening of travelers’ conscience mean that these are trends that tourism cannot fail to consider. This translates into destinations and facilities that will have more at heart proposals with respect for the environment and with attention to the use of local products.

The Italian seaside destinations have confirmed themselves as the favorite destinations for both Italians and foreigners. This trend which, together with the preference for non-hotel facilities and holiday homes, is destined to be reconfirmed also for the 2022 season.

The “Sentiment score”, or the index that measures the level of holiday satisfaction and the “Covid safety index”, the safety index with respect to anti-Covid measures expressed by tourists, have already reached more than positive percentages in the past season. A sign that bodes well and encourages insiders to continue working on the line already undertaken last year, trying to do even better for the 2022 season.

Pre-pandemic levels of 2019 and the longer duration of the season compared to the previous one seem to the main features of the next season, thanks to the return of foreign tourists, whose frequency, in time intervals complementary to those of the Italians (July-August), will also cover the months of April- May and September-October.

Here you will find some useful advice for your vacation in Salento:

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Lecce in 24 hours, a little tour on things to see in one day

16 Gen

If you come to Salento for the sea and the beaches you cannot miss a visit to Lecce, the Baroque capital of the Salento. Alternative program for a gloomy day or the last stop before leaving or a cultural and food and wine destination, Lecce is always worth a stop. It will take you 24 hours and this little guide to admire its beauties.


If you pass through the square at noon, you will be greeted by the notes of the famous tenor from Lecce Tito Schipa that Palazzo Carafa, seat of the Municipality, plays every day as a sign of homage. The square is framed by buildings from the 1920s and historic cafes, where you can enjoy pasticciotto and caffè in ghiaccio con latte di mandorla. The square is dominated by the Column of Sant’Oronzo: erected in 1660 and surmounted by the bronze statue of the patron saint. In the square you can also visit the Sedile from 1592 has Gothic ogival arches and a Renaissance loggia; the magnificent Amphitheater with a double order of tiers supported by arches.


Coming from Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, a promenade full of shops and craft shops, Piazza Duomo opens up in a semi-hidden position, the “living room of the citizens of Lecce“, which houses the Palazzo del Seminario from the end of the 17th century and the Diocesan Museum of Art Sacra, the loggia del Vescovado, the soaring 5-storey bell tower and the Cathedral. The cathedral of Maria SS. Assunta has 3 naves and is embellished with a wooden coffered ceiling and golden studs, sumptuous altars, huge canvases by Tiso on the presbytery and in the Crypt of S. Maria della Scala with 92 columns and capitals all different.


The Basilica, together with the adjoining Palazzo dei Celestini, is the symbol of the Lecce Baroque. The facade, the work of the architects Riccardi, Zimbalo, Penna from 1549 to 1646, is divided into three parts and decorated with hundreds of symbols, mythological and zoomorphic figures, flowers, fruits, fantastic animals, dancing cherubs. In the center stands the largest baroque rose window in the world. Inside, the plant is a Greek cross.


The aforementioned monuments are the symbols of Lecce, but in reality all the churches in the old town will enchant you with their facades rich in Baroque decorations. Do not miss the Church of San Matteo in via dei Perroni, with the convex façade at the bottom and concave at the top.


Lecce is much more than what a visit “on the surface” can offer: under the baroque city there is in fact a medieval city, whose visit starts from the Castle of Charles V, with its basements and prisons with walls covered with graffiti and continues with the Jewish Museum Lecce in Palazzo Taurino, in the ancient Jewish quarter inhabited in the Middle Ages, which hides in the hypogeum the places for ritual ablution and the remains of the former synagogue. More than 2000 years of history flow underground in the Faggiano Museum near Porta S. Biagio, while Palazzo Vernazza houses the temple of Isis and a pagan baptistery in its bowels.


The S. Castromediano is the oldest museum in Puglia (1868) and houses artifacts from the Roman and Greek periods and beyond. In the Convitto Palmieri, home to the Bernardini Library and the Fabbrica delle Parole, you can visit the permanent path on the art of printing, while in the former Monastery of Santa Chiara the MUST tells the history of the city and offers workshops, exhibitions and events.

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Salento coast to coast: tour from the Adriatic to the Ionian in 24 hours

9 Gen

Salento is the land between the two seas and has a coastal stretch that is over 150 km long with a variety of breathtaking landscapes. From the Adriatic to the Ionian coast, there are dozens of seaside resorts that arise on both rocky and sandy stretches of coast. There are many coves that you can meet along the coast where you can stop to admire the landscape or just for a dip.

If you want to discover every inch of the coast, we provide you with a mini guide with the most important stops to be covered in 24 hours, starting from San Foca up to Porto Cesareo.



We start from San Foca, a marina on the Adriatic, about 25 km from Lecce. It is a seaside village with a sixteenth-century tower and comfortable beaches.


Continuing south, a few minutes’ drive away, you reach Roca Vecchia, home to the renowned “Grotta della Poesia”, a natural salt water pool, one of the most evocative in the world. Around an important archaeological area with traces from the second millennium BC. to the medieval age.


A real spectacle are the extravagant shaped stacks, such as the “Le Due Sorelle”, symbol of the navy.


It is the easternmost city in Italy with one of the most evocative ancient villages of Salento.

The sea is to the north with the beaches of the Alimini Lakes and to the south with wild coves such as Baia delle Orte, ideal for divers.


It is a deep and narrow natural inlet, surrounded by prickly pears and myrtle. The small cove of sand and fresh water springs is the perfect stop for those who have little confidence with the cliff.


Since 1899 it has been an elegant spa with numerous sulfur springs and caves along the coast. The water that smells of sulfur gives the sea turquoise reflections.


It is a fishing village of ancient origins, as evidenced by the remains of the “temple of Minerva” and the Zinzulusa cave. It looks like a nativity scene overlooking the sea with the old city, Castro di sopra. Castro di sotto is a balcony overlooking one of the most beautiful Apulian coves.


Enjoy a regenerating swim enjoying the view between ancient villas, fishermen’s houses and the small harbour with the restored historic goiters.


You are in the southernmost point of Salento, the place where the two seas meet. Take a boat trip to visit the many caves, including the Grotta del Diavolo, del Drago and dei Giganti. The viewpoint of Punta Meliso offers an extraordinary glance.



Crystal clear sea with shallow and sandy bottoms and wide beaches characterize the marine of Ugento, from Lido Marini to Torre Mozza, up to Torre San Giovanni.


Beaches for all tastes and a cycle / pedestrian road connects Baia Verde to Punta della Suina, here sandbanks and coves are protected by dunes, then the Aleppo pine forest and nature goes wild up to Torre del Pizzo. “La Purità” is the beach of the Gallipolini.


It is the oldest park in Puglia and offers breathtaking views, such as that of the high and rocky coast of Porto Selvaggio covered with Aleppo pines with a tiny pebble beach that plunges into the sea to the suggestive landscape around Torre Inserraglio.


White beaches protected by majestic dunes alternate with low cliffs overlooking a crystalline sea, from Punta Prosciutto to Torre Inserraglio. It is a 32-kilometer-long portion of coast, one of the most famous in Salento, characterized by fine sand and clear sea.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice:

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Weekend in Puglia: things to see in 2 days in the hinterland of Salento

2 Gen

If you are here on holiday in the summer, but you are not satisfied only with the beach and the sea or if you have chosen Salento as a destination for a short holiday in Springtime or Autumn, we have created this small guide to show youthe things to see in two days in the hinterland of Salento for your weekend in Puglia.

Located between the two seas, Salento does not only mean sunny beaches and an intense blue sea, Salento is also a land of ancient historical evidence, with mainly Baroque architecture and a delicious food and wine tradition.


LECCE – A walk in the old town will allow you to appreciate the beauty of the city, symbol of the Baroque. The churches, the monuments and the architectural style of the buildings are an embroidery that adorns the urban spaces. Piazza Sant’Oronzo is the beating heart of the city, where you can admire the “Sedile” and the column that holds the statue of the Patron Saint who gives the square its name. From here continue to the vault of the Basilica of Santa Croce: you will be enchanted by the facade with the largest rose window in the world.

After walking all along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II you will reach Piazza Duomo. During the day, stop in the numerous artisan shops that dot the narrow streets of the old town to buy souvenirs and other typical items. For lunch and dinner, let yourself be pampered by the delicacies of the local cuisine: from “rustico” to seafood; from pasticciotto to the traditional first courses.


GRECìA SALENTINA – For the second day to spend in the hinterland, we recommend a tour in a small patch of land with ancient traditions, which still retains traces of its origins in the language. In fact, there are seven municipalities where “griko” is spoken, a local dialect strongly contaminated by Greek, and they are: Martano, Melpignano, Carpignano Salentino, Martignano, Corigliano d’Otranto, Sternatìa, Calimera and Castrignano de ’Greci.

We choose Martano and Melpignano as examples of our tour, but you can move between all the other towns in the area within a few kilometers.

Martano has a charming old town with alleys, squares and courtyard houses. The palaces from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century are beautiful, including the Baronial one, once the Aragonese Castle, the Maria SS. Assunta, the former Dominican Convent, seat of the Town Hall and the seventeenth-century Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria della Consolazione with the library and the distillery.

Melpignano is mainly known for the La Notte della Taranta Concert, which takes place every year at the end of August in the square in front of the Augustinian Convent, a jewel of late 18th century Baroque architecture. Do not miss a visit to the Historical Museum of Tarantism, the first in the world inaugurated in 2020 inside the Marchesale Palace with historic garden: a hundred works, some very rare, including books, engravings and objects.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

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Weekend in Puglia: things to see in the Ionian Salento in two days

26 Dic

You have chosen Salento for a weekend getaway, but the 150 km of coast put you in crisis on the choice of places to see in just two days. Here are some tips that will help you spend a relaxing weekend in Puglia. A guide to know what to see in the Ionian Salento in two days.

If you can’t do without golden sandy beaches and the sea, choose the Ionian side of Salento. On our tour we will spend two days in two of the most famous locations in Salento: Porto Cesareo and Gallipoli.


Have breakfast with pasticciotto and coffee on ice and go stright, “armed” with sunscreen and beach towel, to the beach. Porto Cesareo offers white beaches protected by majestic dunes. Take a long swim to the Isola Grande or the “Dei Conigli”, or alternatively, if you are not too athletic, reach it by boat. The entire area of ​​Porto Cesareo has been a Protected Marine Area since 1997, one of the largest in Italy (16,654 hectares), with over 40 diving spots and various “Blue Paths”.

In the late afternoon, we recommend a stop at the Parenzan Museum of Marine Biology, with 900 exhibits, the malacological collection and an area dedicated to deep-sea fish and sea monsters.

In the evening, you cannot fail to taste a tasty dinner based on local fish. You can stop in Porto Cesareo, in one of the numerous fishmongers that become delicious restaurants in the evening, or move to the nearby Sant’Isidoro. You will be spoiled for choice!


For the second and last day of your weekend in Puglia we cannot fail to visit Gallipoli, the “Pearl of the Ionian”. The “Città Bella”, in fact, offers a mix of beaches, culture, architecture that satisfies all tastes. Then spend the morning by the sea, choosing from numerous beaches: the beach of Gallipolini is the beach of “Purità”, but the beaches from Baia Verde to Punta della Suina, connected by a cycle / pedestrian road, are also worth a stop. Here tongues of sand and coves are protected by dunes and gradually alternate with the Aleppo pine forest, where nature becomes wild.

In the late afternoon we recommend a visit to the city, gathered on an island connected to the mainland by a stone bridge. The imposing Angevin Castle, which hosts large exhibitions, marks the entrance to the ancient village: a labyrinth of alleys where small characteristic shops alternate with churches of the Confraternities, up to the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of S. Agata, a triumph of the Baroque.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

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Things to do at Christmas in Salento, let’s start with Lecce

23 Dic


The warmth of the welcome, the sweetness of the Christmas dishes, the beauty of the lights: at Christmas Salento dresses up showing its most authentic and surprising face!


For those who know the most south-eastern land of Italy only for the crystalline sea, the golden beaches and the summer nightlife, the Christmas holidays are an opportunity to discover an unprecedented, but no less fascinating side of Salento, of which Lecce is the most sparkling showcase.

Traditional cuisine, markets and events fill the Christmas calendar. The lights, in the typical Salento style, frame a magical period.


Lecce boasts an old town entirely decorated with the imposing luminous tree in the central Piazza Sant’Oronzo which is paired with the traditional life-size nativity scene in the square in front of the Cathedral. From the 7th December, the city is preparing to welcome Christmas events: Piazza Mazzini, the commercial heart of the city, hosts the toy market and the romantic carousel, while the former convent of the Teatini hosts “Fiera di Santa Lucia” with the exhibition of handmade nativity scenes and statuettes.

Otranto, a jewel set on the Adriatic side, hosts food and wine festivals, exhibitions, small concerts spread throughout the city to celebrate the New Year.

 “Castello Volante” in Corigliano d’Otranto is preparing for a Christmas program full of events between the concerts of the independent music Festival “Sei” and the markets. To visit the charming village of Grecìa Salentina, you can stay in this splendid villa:


Living nativity scenes are a suggestive tradition throughout Salento. There are several municipalities that give life, during the holidays, to the reproduction of the typical scenes of the Nativity.

Tricase makes a small hill strewn with olive trees and oaks in Monte Orco the perfect setting for the rich living nativity scene with hundreds of extras who animate it. Castro, on the other hand, a fishing village further south of Otranto, stages the Middle Ages with knights and flag-wavers. Between history and legend, one of the most exciting moments is the Mass at the stake of a witch and the beautiful procession in costume. In some staging it is also possible for the occasion to buy some typical gastronomic products of the area and sold by tradesmen.

Other representations can be visited in Specchia, Strudà and Nardò. In particular, Nardò will be embellished by the carousel and the former Carmelite Convent will host the concert series “Classical Neretum – Christmas 2021”.

Below you can find one of our beautiful villas very close to Nardò:


Purceddhruzzi, mustazzoli and almond paste fish will immerse you in the sweetness of the holiday period.

The purceddhruzzi are tiny and sweet little pieces of fried dough, covered with honey and colored sprinkles. Here you will also find the recipe!

Mustazzoli resemble large pastries with a heart made of sugar, flour, almonds and honey with a chocolate glaze coating. Of Arab origin, these sweets do not rise.

Almond paste is a tradition of Salento pastry at Christmas. With the shape of the fish, derived from an ancient Christian symbolism (for which the fish is a representation of the Child Jesus), this dessert is made of almond paste, obtained by grinding almonds and sugar, and has a filling with jam with flakes of chocolate.

Pittule, small morsels of leavened and fried dough, are an excellent finger food as an aperitif to open dinners and lunches. They can also be filled in various ways with the most genuine products of this land and beyond (tomatoes, capers, cauliflower, cod).

Pasticciotti are the most famous sweets of Salento and, therefore, inevitable at Christmas. Here, you will find our recipe but if you want to taste the historical ones you have to go to Galatina and visit the famous pastry “Ascalone“. Take the opportunity to take a tour of the well-kept old town of the city of St. Peter and Paul, with its characteristic rooms and the enchanting Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, entirely frescoed.

In the following images an idea on where to stay in Galatina

Greetings and happy holidays from the staff of Ville Salento!

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Weekend on the Adriatic: things to see in Salento in two days

19 Dic

You are in Salento only for a couple of days and, apart from the relaxation that you deserve, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get to know better this land: here, therefore, is a useful guide for you to visit the Adriatic side of Salento in a weekend.


Let’s start from Torre Dell’Orso, marina at 25 km from Lecce with an amazing bay where you can spend your first day. Here, the white sand beach is paired with a crystal clear sea in various shades of blue. The backdrop, which rises gently, is particularly suitable for young and old. You can spend the whole day swimming among the most famous stacks of Salento: “Due Sorelle”, symbol of Torre Dell’Orso. Enjoy your day at the beach and have lunch in the excellent restaurants in the area.

In the late afternoon we move towards Otranto, about 15 km further south. The “pearl of the Adriatic” does not need any introduction: the most eastern point of Italy, it is one of the most evocative places in Salento. In fact, you will get lost in the alleys of the village, dotted with colorful artisan shops and restaurants. Do not miss a visit to the Castle, home to important art exhibitions, and the Romanesque-style Cathedral, famous for the floor mosaic dating back to the Middle Ages and for the crypt that houses the skulls of the 800 martyrs who resisted the attack of the Turks of the 1480.


The most extreme coast of the Adriatic offers a unique panorama in the world. Nicknamed “the balcony on the sea”, the stretch of coast road that leads from Otranto to Castro is truly a window on the imposing cliffs of the coast overlooking the blue sea. And it is from Castro that we start for our second and last day of tour.

“Castro di sotto” overlooks one of the most beautiful inlets on the coast. Here you can spend the morning by the sea diving off the rocks and swimming in the crystal clear waters. “Castro di sopra” is a nativity scene overlooking the old town. A fishing village, the marina contains an ancient history evidenced by the Aragonese Castle, today the hub of cultural initiatives, and the former 12th-century cathedral which retains part of the original Romanesque facade and the remains of a small 10th-century Byzantine church.

In the afternoon, we move towards Leuca, the last stop of our journey. The viewpoint of Punta Meliso offers an extraordinary glance. You cannot miss a visit to the nineteenth-century lighthouse and to the Basilica of the Madonna de Finibus Terrae, as well as the 300-step staircase that runs alongside the Monumental Waterfall of the “Acquedotto Pugliese”.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

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Weekend in Apulia, things to see in 2 days in Salento

12 Dic

Salento means clear sea, breathtaking coast, ancient architecture and food and wine. It would take days to discover the charm of each village and visit each cove on the sea. What? Are you only here for a weekend? Don’t worry. We have summed up for you the most important things worth seeing in Salento in two days. A mini tour that will allow you to “taste” the beauties of the area.

DAY 1 – the Adriatic coast

Let’s start from Otranto, a jewel set on the Adriatic at about 40 km south of Lecce. Spend the morning on the beach, having a swim, enjoying the sun and relax yourself in order to go home more tanned! You can stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants in the old town and take the opportunity to take a tour in the characteristic alleys of the town. Do not miss a visit to the Cathedral, famous for the chapel with the skulls of the 800 martyrs who died resisting the Turkish invasion in 1480 and for the floor mosaic dating back to the mid-twelfth century.

In the afternoon, take advantage of the cooler hours of the day, driving along the whole coast road that connects Otranto to Leuca. You will have the opportunity to admire one of the most beautiful views of the Salento coast, a sort of “balcony” overlooking the sea. Stop where you like more!

Drive up to Leuca, our last stop for today. You’ll reach Santa Maria di Leuca in the evening: here enjoy an excellent dinner and a walk in the small town, where the lighthouse will be waiting for you, which stands on the promontory of one of the most famous Marian sanctuaries in Puglia, that of the Madonna De Finibus Terrae.

DAY 2 – the Ionian coast and Lecce

Leave again from Leuca, taking the coastal road that goes up from the Ionian side and head towards Gallipoli. When you’ll reach the “Città Bella”, stop immediately at the sea. We recommend the beach of Purità or Baia Verde. After spending a handful of hours sunbathing, take a tour to discover the “Pearl of the Ionian”, stopping at the Angevin Castle, the Cathedral of Sant’Agata and the Greek Fountain. Stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants in the historic center. When the sun goes down, leave for Lecce, the last stop of your weekend.

If you choose not to opt for the panoramic road, you will reach the Salento capital in half an hour by car. Here you will have plenty of time to admire Lecce from an architectural point of view and to enjoy a regenerating walk in the old town. You will be welcomed by the sumptuousness of the Baroque style that permeates the churches and monuments of the city.

Move from Piazza Sant’Oronzo towards the Basilica of Santa Croce, and then again on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II towards the Duomo, passing through the numerous and enchanting churches (San Matteo, Sant’Irene, etc.). Stop in one of the many restaurants in the old town and enjoy good wine and a dinner based on typical products, letting yourself be cheered by the colors of the “Lecce nightlife”.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

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“Routes of taste” in Salento: Zollino, Spongano, Seclì e Ortelle

18 Lug

In local inns or in the most elegant restaurants, the typical cuisine of Salento is a real art that is celebrated on every self-respecting table. From fish dishes, in coastal resorts, to grilled meat typical of the hinterland, you will only have to choose and you will discover, through the flavors, a fundamental part of this land. In this “road map of taste” we advise you where to go and what to eat.

ZOLLINO – In the countryside of Zollino, the selection of the seeds by local farmers has made it possible to preserve some particular types of legumes that enjoy the De.Co. “Pisello nano” and broad bean (with a more flattened appearance and a pod with no more than 5 seeds) are included in the traditional agri-food productions of the Apulia Region. Also famous are chickpea, black chickpea, lentils and white beans.

But Zollino is not just a land of legumes. The symbol of this village is the “scéblasti”, a dough of bread seasoned with courgettes, olives, onions, capers and chilli which in griko means “without shape”.

SPONGANO – It is the homeland of “cunserva mara“, a tasty homemade preserve obtained from the sun drying of sweet peppers, hot peppers and tomatoes, which are then mixed in a perfect sauce to be spread on wheat bread or bruschetta.

SECLI’– It is the village famous for the “bits” of horse meat, to which a festival is dedicated every year after August 15th. The main course is accompanied by other recipes, always based on horse meat, prepared by the butchers of the town.

ORTELLE – In October Ortelle, on the occasion of the feast of San Vito, celebrates the pig Or.Vi., raised according to ancient methods following a specific protocol. The result is a delicate and tasty meat, with which sausage, ribs, skewers and capocollo are packaged for grilling or boiled or with sauce. Typical of Ortelle is also the “pirilla”, a homemade bread flavored with pieces of tomato, pumpkin, onion, black olives and, sometimes, raisins.

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“Routes of taste” in Salento: Maglie, Lecce, Cannole e Uggiano La Chiesa

11 Lug

From “Pasticiotto” to “caffè in ghiaccio”, from “Rustico” to “Tajeddhra”: there are many typical dishes of Salento that tell a part of the history and traditions of this land. From recipes to local products, we trace a “road map of taste” through the villages of gastronomic excellence.

MAGLIE – The village hosts every year, in early August, “Mercatino del gusto“, a festival in which the flavors of the traditional cuisine of Salento are celebrated, but not only. In those days you can smell the scents and aromas of local products.

PRODUCTS – Maglie produces its renowned pecorino cheese. Whether fresh or aged, sheep’s cheese is obtained from a production process that has been handed down over the centuries. If aged for a few days, it has a soft, light yellow paste. After a long maturation, however, it has a wrinkled, leathery crust and a hard straw yellow interior: highly recommended on pasta with sauce!

LECCE – It is the main seat of the most precious architectural jewels of this land. But Lecce not only offers an artistic heritage, it is also the place where you can taste some typical dishes, which have now become famous beyond the borders of the Salento peninsula.

THE PRODUCTS – Pasticciotto is a sweet of shortcrust pastry that opens up all the sweetness of the custard inside; Cotognata is a kind of solid jam cut into blocks that comes from quince apples; Rustico is a rotisserie product made of puff pastry and stuffed with bechamel, mozzarella, tomato and a pinch of pepper that all the local people from Lecce prefer for a snack.

With the pasta di mandorla (almond pastry), at Christmas and at Easter, locals make the traditional sweets of fish shape (at Christmas) and lamb shape (at Easter). Sanguinaccio is a product of Salento gastronomic tradition based on seasoned, flavored pork blood, stuffed into the intestines of the same animal and cooked.

CANNOLE – Small town a few kilometers from the much more famous Otranto, Cànnole owes its fame mainly to the “municeddha” festival which takes place every year in August.

THE PRODUCTS – The tradition of eating snails has been celebrated since 1985 when the idea of ​​a party dedicated to it was born. The idea is inspired by the “cuzzari“, the name by which the inhabitants of Cannole were called snail-gatherers. During the festival, the snail is prepared according to various recipes: fried, roasted and with sauce.

UGGIANO LA CHIESA – Framed by olive groves and countryside, Uggiano la Chiesa is the “Village of Bread and Oil”.

THE PRODUCTS – Every September, on the occasion of the Fair of the Village of Bread and Oil, it is possible to taste the fragrant loaves, accompanied by other typical culinary specialties.

To find out where to stay to visit these and other villages in Salento, take a look here:

Holiday houses –> https://www.villainpuglia.it/EN/Home  

Holiday villas –> https://www.villesalento.it/index.html#/

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

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