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Ostuni, Alberobello and Polignano Independent Tour
Departure:

Art & Cultural tour


Duration: 8.0 Ore / Full-Day
Start Time: 8.45 a.m
This tour will give you the opportunity to visit three significant villages in Puglia independently: Ostuni, Alberobello e Polignano a Mare.
Salento one day Tour with Local Guide
Departure:

Art & Cultural tour


Duration: 8.0 hours / Full-Day
Start Time: 8.45 a.m
A tour to the discovery of the most significant towns in Salento
Winery Tour with wine-tastings
Departure:

Food & Wine tour


Duration: 8.0 hours / Full-Day
Start Time: 9.15 a.m.
An experience of colours, aroms, flavours
Valle d'Itria Tour with Local Guide
Departure:

Art & Cultural tour


Duration: 8.0 hours / Full-Day
Start Time: 8.45 a.m.
A tour to the discovery of the “TRULLI” in Puglia

Accomodations designed for you

Masseria Pappo
6
14
6
25 mq
Farmhouses and Masserie
Located a few kilometres from the Ionian coast,Masseria Pappo allows the tourist to relax in nature and spend a pleasant stay in the heart of Salento.
B&B Piazza 300mila
4
10
4
22 mq
Bed & Breakfast
The B&B Piazza 300 thousand is the ideal place for your holiday in the center of Lecce.

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Salentine Greeks

In the heart of Salento, there is still today an island that has remained intact for centuries since the first Greeks arrived in this land, a land rich in history, culture and timeless testimonies, the protagonist of stories suspended between popular tradition and reality.

This area is made up of 11 municipalities which, despite their small dimensions, retain all their cultural richness and variety: Calimera (which in Greek means Buongiorno), Carpignano Salentino, Castrignano dei Greci, Corigliano d' Otranto, Cutrufiano, Martano, Martignano, Melpignano, Soleto, Sternatia and Zollino. This territory is the result of centuries of cultural overlap, which has altered some of the original elements such as Griko: a Greek language that was once spoken in much of the Salentine peninsula and which is still spoken by the elderly today.

 

Pietra Forata di Calimera

There are many traditions linked to the Magna Graecia that populate this piece of land, such as the propitiatory ritual of fertility that saw the protagonists all those women who could not get pregnant. It took place in Martano in the small church of San Vito, where there is still present today a stone of prehistoric epoch - called "petra de Santu Vitu" - with a hole in the center, a forum that magically allowed anyone to cross it, the tradition wants that passing through all problems of fertility were resolved.

Even today, Easter's Day in Martano is still the day of this ritual.

Staying on the subject of traditions, it is impossible not to mention the Festival of Popular Music "La Notte della Taranta", born in 1998 and literally exploded internationally.

This festival is not only about the final concert of Melpignano, but it presents many other different evenings, with different groups of folk music from Salento in the other countries of Greece Salentina.

Moreover, this almost magical place that will allow visitors to experience ancient times is a land where the cuisine has also been influenced by the many people who have inhabited it, starting with the Arabs, the Byzantines, the French and finally the Spaniards, who have enriched it, but also modified the flavors and smells of this humble cuisine.

And it is precisely the flavours and scents that recall Greece with which this land shares not only the tongue but also the ingredients: olive oil, durum wheat, cheese and fresh vegetables.

A cuisine made from simple flavours, strong flavors, centuries-old recipes, but at the same time healthy and nutritious.  

It is precisely in this area located in the inland of Salento that the cuisine made of pots and pans of earthenware and "tajèddhe", preserves intact the traits of a peasant civilization.
 
But what is it absolutely necessary to eat if you choose to visit the Salentine Greeks??

 

Ciceri e Tria Salento

Surely "ciceri e trìa", where the word "trìa" comes from the Arabic word "itriya" which means fried pasta and "ciceri" which means chickpeas. This is an unmistakable dish, with a peasant taste and an ancient flavour.

But typical of the place is certainly the crushed wheat "Sitàri stompao", used in ancient times when peasants could not go to the mills were forced to reuse ancient stone mortars, pouring grains of wheat and sifting them to get a flour to make the dough.

 

 
Calò ampetìto!!

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