Air is a vital element. The wind currents that circulate around the Salentinian peninsula invigorate the body and refresh from the warmth of the land.

Cathedral of Otranto

Walking through the Salentinian villages provides unique experiences. The air you breathe smells of history and tradition. The historic center of Otranto is one of those places where life flows slowly and the streets remember the past with nostalgia. The Cathedral is the setting for houses and shops, and is the most important place of worship in the city. Its white medieval facade made of the famous natural stone called Pietra Leccese and its large Gothic rose window hide one of the greatest treasures in Europe: a huge Byzantine mosaic representing scenes from the Old Testament. Unmissable!

Galatina and Santa Caterina d'Alessandria

The historic center of Galatina is also known for being an open-air museum. Its architectural importance is highlighted by its roman column capitals, frescoes and elaborately decorated doors etched into the pietra Leccese (Stone from Lecce) accompany the walk through the small streets and numerous suggestive courtyards. One of the most fascinating places of worship in the city is the Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, built in the 14th century. Inside, in this majestic church covered entirely by frescos depicting pictorial cycles of the Giotto school, and it is also where the relic of the Saint of the East is kept. Continuing the walk in the historic center of Galatina, a must stop for a sweet treat is the ancient Ascalone pastry shop, home of the first pasticciotto from Lecce: this is where the recipe for the most iconic dessert of Salento is born.

Lecce The Baroque City

In Lecce the essence of 17th Century Baroque style is in the air, not only on its beautiful stone buildings but in the golden hue of light that graces the facades on an evening stroll. Visiting this city of art and elegance is a unique experience one often compared to being the Florence of the south. The architectural style that characterizes the city is elegant, lively and opulent. To represent all the opulence of the seventeenth century, the enchanting Basilica of Santa Croce, symbol of the city, with the most famous Baroque rose window in Italy. Floral motifs, animals and human faces come together to create embroidery and lace in the Lecce stone, a local limestone that is malleable and easy to work with and only found in this region.