With crystal blue waters, picturesque historic towns, dramatic rocky coastlines and excellent local cuisine – Salento is somehow still blissfully under-visited.
Puglia’s Salentine Peninsula is a world away from the rest of Italy. South of Lecce, the landscape flattens out and the sky opens up. With its rocky, red terrain, abundant cacti and captivating Baroque architecture, it doesn’t look like Italy. And with its arid, salty environs, it certainly doesn’t feel like Italy either. But the country’s southernmost region may be Italy in its purest form. And if you decide to explore some of Puglia’s more remote villages or its prehistoric dolmens, you will find yourself gloriously alone. The most recent attraction of the region, however, is the food scene – a combination of top-quality local produce and authentic Italian home cooking.