Slide 1: Grecìa Salentina. Lecce & Taranto Slide 2: Bari-Brindisi =116 km=1h 30’
Brindisi- Lecce= 40km= 30’
Taras-Matera=90km=1h 30’ 400 km = 10h Slide 3: TORRE DEL PARCO Lecce
Lecce is a historic city of 95,000 inhabitants in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce, one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula
Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed the "The Florence of the South".
The city also has a long traditional affinity with Greek culture going back to its foundation; the Messapii who founded the city are said to have been Cretans in Greek records. To this day, in the Grecìa Salentina, a group of towns not far from Lecce, the griko language is still spoken.
In terms of industry the "Lecce stone" is the city's main export, because it is very soft and malleable, thus suitable for sculptures. Lecce stone is a kind of limestone. Lecce is also an important agricultural centre, chiefly for its olive oil and wine production, as well as an industrial centre specialising in ceramic production. Slide 4: Lecce: Porta di Napoli Slide 5: Detail from Cathedral court Slide 6: Piazza del Duomo Slide 7: Lecce-anfiteatro Slide 8: Santa_Croce = Church of Holy Cross Slide 9: Abandoned life, Salento, Italy Slide 10: Church of SAN Giovanni Slide 11: Former Prison - Tobacco Manifacture in Lecce Slide 12: Lecce by night Slide 13: Lecce Piazza Duomo Slide 14: Lecce by night Slide 15: Lecce Slide 16: Detail of the convent of the Augustinians, Melpignano (Lecce) Slide 17: Melpignano/Grecìa Salentina Slide 18: Proverb: "You always hear two bells". Is it correct? Slide 19: Tomatoes and Tobacco on the wall Slide 20: Frame from Puglia/Apoulia Slide 21: Universita del Salento Slide 22: Salento Slide 23: Otranto Slide 24: Santa Maria al Bagno Slide 25: Old wall Slide 26: Svolta a sinistra = Turn left Slide 27: At the mercy of the waves Slide 28: The tree of poetry Slide 29: Nonna Maria in Puglia Slide 30: in Puglia Slide 31: Outdoors Slide 32: Taranto Castello Aragonese Taranto is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Taranto and is an important commercial port as well as the main Italian naval base.
It is the third-largest continental city of southern Italy: (population: 201,349). Slide 33: Taranto Slide 34: Sunset in Taranto Slide 35: Taranto in winter Slide 36: Taranto in winter Slide 37: Taranto Near the stone bridge Slide 38: Taranto Near the stone bridge Slide 39: Taranto Near the stone bridge Slide 40: Taranto Slide 41: Taranto: lovely poem! Slide 42: Taranto: Immensity ! ! Slide 43: Taranto: Apparent solitude! ! Slide 44: Taranto: Like Maldives! ! Slide 45: Taranto: Palio! ! Palio is the name given in Italy to an annual athletic contest, very often of a historical character, pitting the neighbourhoods of a town or the hamlets of a comune against each other.
Typically they are fought in costume and commemorate some event or tradition of the Middle Ages, and thus often involve horse racing, archery, jousting, crossbow shooting, and similar medieval sports.
Once purely a matter of local rivalries, many have now become events staged with an eye to visitors and foreign tourists. Slide 46: Taranto: Palio! ! Slide 47: Taranto: Palio! ! Slide 48: Taranto: Palio! ! Slide 49: Taranto: Palio! ! Slide 50: Taranto: Palio! ! Ciao!