The Papier -mache
Tied and innate baroque architecture , the grandiose art season developed during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries , it remains in Puglia Lecce phenomenon typically story-telling , “poor” , but certainly very noble in its creative form .
Simply the result of the local genius , which makes quest’artigianato , or art , if you prefer , a “unique ” in its genre.
Typically, it shall provide for the creation of statues reproducing sacred subjects ( figures of saints also life-size in static or dynamic ) , loads of emotional suggestions , with the drapery with attention to every detail.
Leccese stone workmanship
Lecce stone emerges naturally from the ground and is derived from the underground into huge open-pit mining , deep up to fifty meters.
It ‘ a stone that has as many as four million years and the ITS softness That Has allowed the realization of architectural magnificence is Also used for small objects and decorative ornaments. Appreciated in the art , achieved an international reputation thanks to local crafts that over the centuries has produced the complex architecture of the Baroque Lecce. Significant examples are the friezes , capitals , pinnacles and rosettes that decorate many of the palaces and churches of Lecce. The very nature of the stone makes it very sensitive to the mechanical action of atmospheric agents; leccisu to make it more resistant to weathering , the masters of the Baroque sculptors used to treat the rock with the milk.
Fishing and ‘ an art that has been handed down from generation to generation in Salento . The boys help their fathers and also will in turn their children who will stay for days at sea to cast nets and longlines with the hope to collect loads of fish to sell later on the docks where we will be waiting for tourists and locals ready to grab the pieces’ fine .
Porto Cesareo and Gallipoli are definitely the two towns of Salento whose economy is based mainly on fishing . Obviously, tourism and ‘ an essential resource , but over the summer , when the beaches are empty and only the locals remain , fishing becomes the primary source of livelihood , especially in Porto Cesareo, where the professional fishing is divided into two categories, deep-sea fishing with large vessels remain at sea for days and serving local fish (tuna, swordfish and other big guns ) and fishing even more ‘ traditional small boats of the old fishermen who sail early in the morning for to return in the late morning and serve individuals who are looking for fresh fish for lunch.
It ‘ a sight to see these boats return to port followed by seagulls trying to grab some leftovers thrown into the sea by fishermen and it’ even more ‘ beautiful to see how the fish is sold by those skilled merchants that carry the indelible marks of this life made of sweat, toil and salt …
What to know
|The Salento cuisine has been affected by both the history of his region , as well as its geographical location. The presence in the air of different populations has over time created a mixture of flavors and smells that made the Salento cuisine one of the most popular in our country.
|The Baroque style , which developed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries , is the highest exaltation of faith in art , and reaches its pick in the extraordinary architectural singularity of the Lecce city (Salento Capital), the Baroque capital of the world .
|Imposing Castles ,not less than twenty,Coastal Towers, Watchtowers and Fortified Farms are one of the Salento mighty fortress against the invasion which over the centuries have made this province a land conquered by the Normans , Swabians, Angevins, Aragonese, Spanish , Venetians and Saracens.
|The countryside is typical Mediterranean, reach in olive trees (some of them are centuries old..) and vineyards that sustain life over the years. The land is stony and unyielding but great labour has been invested in over years and the produce is treasured.
|A curious visitor can not leave this place without knowing the main expression of the popular culture of Salento : the “Pizzica & Taranta” . Pizzica in Italian comes from “Pinch” which represent the bite of the tarantula (Taranta) whose only remedy is represented by this hysterical dance…
|The approximately 200 km of coastline, make of Salento region the most advanced of the tourism in southern Italy; even more due to the developed poles airport of Brindisi and Bari where work steadily low cost airlines serving the territory with the major European capitals..