Salento (in Salento: Salentu in Bari and Taranto: Salènde), also known as Salento peninsula and known as the heel of Italy, is a historical and geographical Italian region coinciding with the southern part of the administrative region of Puglia, between the sea Ionian Sea to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east. The inhabitants of the area, which includes the entire province of Lecce, almost all of Brindisi and part of that of Taranto, stand out especially for glottologiche characteristics than the rest of the current administrative region of Puglia. From a historical point of view the Salento has been for many centuries the ancient district called Terra d’Otranto.
Among the most important seaside resorts we include:
Gallipoli known as the Pearl of the Ionian Sea, is an Italian town of 20,766 inhabitants in the province of Lecce in Puglia. The city, a bishopric from the sixth century AD, is located along the west coast of Salento, reaching the Ionian Sea, and is divided into two areas: the old town and the new town (village), linked to the island through the old town a seventeenth century stone bridge. It was the district capital from 1860 to 1927. Since 2015, he is president of the Historical Cities of the Mediterranean. It is the first level of the civil hospital “Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
Otranto (Otràntu in Salento dialect) is an Italian town of 5,724 inhabitants in the province of Lecce in Puglia. Located on the Adriatic coast of the Salento peninsula, it is the easternmost town in Italy: the head of the same name, also called Punta Palascìa, south of town, is the geographic point to the east of the Italian peninsula.
Porto Cesareo (pronounce Porto Cesareo, Cisaria in Salento dialect) is an Italian town of 5,930 inhabitants in the province of Lecce in Puglia. Tourist site of Salento located on the Ionian coast of Salento peninsula, is 26.9 kilometers from the provincial capital, and is a natural marine protected Area headquarters Porto Cesareo and the Regional Natural Reserve Swamp of the Count and Duna Coast.