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The Peninsula of Salento: photo description (Salento)

The Salento Peninsula is located in the South-Eastern tip of the Italian region of Apulia, known as the "heel" of the Italian "boot", which divides the Adriatic and Ionian seas. It is located in the province of Lecce, a large part of Brindisi and part of Taranto. The Peninsula is also known as Terra d'otranto, the ancient Greeks called it Messapia - with proto-Indo-European language it can be translated as "in the water". In ancient times it messapi formed the basis of the population of the Peninsula.

The nearest international airports are in Brindisi and Bari (the latter lies outside the Salento but not far). In addition, the Salento and Bari connects the highway, and Lecce is a large railway station. There are on the Peninsula and the numerous ports of Taranto, Brindisi, Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, Otranto, Campomarino di Maruggio.

In recent years Salento has received recognition as a holiday destination. On its territory there are numerous resorts, primarily on the coast, as well as interesting landscapes such as the Alimini lakes on the Adriatic coast or the natural Park of portoselvaggio" of the Ionian. The soil here is very fertile - the Peninsula grow olives and grapes, the products of which are then exported around the world.

The Salento beaches are incredibly varied, from sandy to rocky. But all are clean and crystal clear sea with warm water. Among the most popular resorts in Ostuni, Casalabate, Oria, Ugento, Manduria, Porto Cesareo, Gallipoli, Torre Dell'orso, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Lizzano, Pulsano, Santa Cesaria Terme.

In addition this coast of Salento dotted with observation towers, the first of which was built by the Normans for protection from the raids of pirates. Most of the surviving towers is primarily related to the 15-16-th centuries and, unfortunately, is in poor condition.

Despite this Salento remains a land full of monuments of history, culture and architecture, which together with the beautiful sea attract millions of tourists.