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SALENTO PENINSULA – THE HEEL OF THE ITALIAN FOOT

Salento is the extreme southeastern peninsular extension of the Apulia region, which protrudes into the Mediterranean waters, in the southeastern most tip of Italy. From the geographical point of view, it is actually a sub-peninsula of the Italian Peninsula, which, due to its shape and location, often referred to as the heel of the famous Italian ‘boot’.

The region encompasses and includes the entire administrative region of the Lecce province, which is a formidable portion of the Brindisi province as well as Taranto.

The place is a natural beauty. For those in love of nature, this is the ideal place to visit in search of peace and tranquility. The entire area is an epitome of natural beauty, rich in limestone cliffs and gorges, lush green meadows and evergreen woods, rich in flora and fauna and wildlife. The peninsula itself is made up of limestone, thus cutting off the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea, forming a barrier in between the two waters. The region encompasses the borders between the two seas, and leads to the Messapic Threshold, which is a depression that runs along the length of the Taranto and Ostuni line, forming a line of separation between the threshold and the Murge.

One of the best places to start the sightseeing is LECCE. It is indeed a nice place to start the tour of Salento pennisula. Lecce is the most important city, which is virtually in the lap of the Baroque Mountains. The city is also the hub of the traditional paper mache handicrafts. Besides, the local castle houses a unique museum that introduces you to the evolution of paper mache'. The place is an ideal one for traveling in public transportation. Lecce is also a southeastern terminus of the national Italian Railway, and there are a number of small, yet beautiful places that can be reached by private rail services that originate from Lecce.

The other places that can find their way in your travel itinerary in Salento peninsula are GALLIPOLI, which is a mesmerizing seaport and a town on the eastern coast of the peninsula, and OTRANTO, which is yet another similarly beautiful sea port and town on the west cost of the peninsula.

Apart from the scenic beauty, the USP of Salento is its beaches. There are a number of majestic beaches that are ideal for swimming and sun bathing. All the beaches offer you the option of taking part in a variety of water sports.

Porto Cesareo, which is located on the Ionian Coast, is an immensely popular beach that also has some thermal springs that are set in a nature reserve. Porto Selvaggio is another very famous beach set in nature reserve.

SANTA MARIA DI LEUCA, which is the southern tip of the peninsula, is the point where the Ionian and Adriatic Seas converges, is another extremely popular beach destination.

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Large cities
Large cities
Lecce - The Florence of the South
Lecce - The Florence of the South
In the very heel of Italy’s boot nestles the spellbinding city of Lecce. It is the capital of the Lecce province, which is the second largest in the Puglia region. It is not at all surprising tha…
Distance: 64 KM
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Countryside
Countryside
Matera – the subterranean where mystery still reigns
Matera – the subterranean where mystery still reigns
Situated in a tiny canyon, Matera is a city as well as a province of the Basilicata region of southern Italy. It is one of the most interesting places, pregnant with a handful of unusual as well as me…
Distance: 178 KM
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Seaside
Seaside
Maratea - the pearl of the Tyrrhenian sea
Maratea - the pearl of the Tyrrhenian sea
Maratea is a picturesque hill village that is located high above the sea on the southern Tyrrhenian coast of Italy, in the Basilicata region. The city and its surroundings are an astounding destinatio…
Distance: 227 KM
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Seaside
Seaside
Tropea – the beautiful italian sea resort at the “Coast of Gods”
Tropea – the beautiful italian sea resort at the “Coast of Gods”
Located in the Calabria region of Southern Italy, Tropea is a splendid seaside resort and a municipality of the Vibo Valentia province. This particular stretch or segment of coastline of the Tyrrhenia…
Distance: 247 KM
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Seaside
Seaside
Cilento, the land of sweet hills facing the Tyrrhenian Sea
Cilento, the land of sweet hills facing the Tyrrhenian Sea
Cilento, the land of sweet hills covered by olive trees reflected in the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea, has always been a crossroads of people and traditions. Crossed by bright streams, rich of  chestnut…
Distance: 287 KM
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Seaside
Seaside
Gargano peninsula – the buttress of Italy
Gargano peninsula – the buttress of Italy
Located in the province of Foggia in Apulia in the southeastern fringes of Italy, Gargano is a sub region of immense historical as well as geographical importance, and mainly consists of a wide and is…
Distance: 304 KM
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Seaside
Seaside
Discover the Amalfi coast
Discover the Amalfi coast
Overlooking the Mar Tirreno (Tyrrhenian Sea), the Amalfi Coast is one of the 49 Italian sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Amalfi coast looks like a balcony suspended between the co…
Distance: 332 KM
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Seaside
Seaside
Taormina and the lovely beaches of Giardini Naxos
Taormina and the lovely beaches of Giardini Naxos
Located on the eastern coast of the island of Sicily in Messina Province, Taormina is one of the smallest commune and towns under the governance of Italy. The town is located almost halfway between Ca…
Distance: 342 KM
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Seaside
Seaside
Tremiti islands – the tiny heaven on glittering dark blue sea
Tremiti islands – the tiny heaven on glittering dark blue sea
Situated on the Adriatic Sea on the north of Gargano Peninsula, the Isole Tremiti (Tremiti islands) is an archipelago, which constitutes a commune of the Province of Foggia, forming a portion of the f…
Distance: 352 KM
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Seaside
Seaside
The Sorrento peninsula
The Sorrento peninsula
A strip of land that juts out towards Capri and the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Gulf of Naples. A succession of cliffs overlooking the sea and creeks. "This is the Sorrento coast. A rugged coast o…
Distance: 357 KM
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PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN SALENTO PENINSULA

LAST PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN SALENTO PENINSULA AND SURROUNDINGS

HISTORIC PROPERTY
NEEDS RESTORATION
20 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1100m2
Castellaneta | Apulia region
Distance: 152km
COUNTRY HOUSE
HABITABLE
10 bedrooms | 3 baths | 400m2
San Leonardo di Cutro | Calabria region
Distance: 152km
VILLA
HABITABLE
8 bedrooms | 4 baths | 460m2
Soverato | Calabria region
Distance: 199km
VILLA
NEEDS COSMETIC WORK
4 bedrooms | 3 baths | 150m2
San Nicola Arcella | Calabria region
Distance: 220km
VILLA
HABITABLE
4 bedrooms | 3 baths | 180m2
Acquafredda | Basilicata region
Distance: 231km
APARTMENT
HABITABLE
3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 140m2
Potenza | Basilicata region
Distance: 236km
COUNTRY HOUSE
NEEDS RESTORATION
1 bedrooms | 1 baths
Agropoli | Campania region
Distance: 293km
VILLA
RESTORED
3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 200m2
San Marco di Castellabate | Campania region
Distance: 296km
COUNTRY HOUSE
RESTORED
1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 228m2
Castellabate | Campania region
Distance: 298km
TOWNHOUSE
RESTORED
2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 161m2
Vietri sul Mare | Campania region
Distance: 324km
COUNTRY HOUSE
NEW CONSTRUCTION
1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 40m2
Ravello | Campania region
Distance: 332km
APARTMENT
HABITABLE
4 bedrooms | 2 baths | 110m2
Giardini Naxos | Sicily region
Distance: 347km

PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN APULIA

FEATURED PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN SALENTO PENINSULA

600,000 €
Antique farmhouse on sale in Castellaneta near Taranto, Apulia

In the south of Italy, not far from Taranto historical building complex on sale, surrounded by the agricultural landscape in…

HISTORIC PROPERTY | NEEDS RESTORATION
20 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1100m2
Castellaneta | Apulia region