Salento is a geographic area in Puglia.It coincides with the Salento peninsula and is included in the district of Lecce, part of the district of Brindisi and part of the district of Taranto.
Among the most important towns in Salento there is Lecce, administrative centre of the district. Near the coast, Lecce is a town of art with ancient origins and brings the legacy of Roman, Norman and Aragonese dominations.
Among the most beautiful buildings of Lecce there is the Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta, built in the twelfth century and enlarged in the following centuries in baroque style. The sixteenth-century Basilica of Santa Croce is one of the finest examples of Baroque style in Lecce as evidenced by the rich decoration of the facade.
The Castle of Lecce was built by Charles V with the extension of a previous building that already included the Mastio di Accardo. Today we can see the quadrangular structure of the fortress with the walls and the two front doors. This beautiful castle is used for events and exhibitions.
Another important town of Salento is Brindisi, the administrative centre of the district. Among the most beautiful buildings there are the Palace Granafei Nervegna, in Renaissance style; the Seminar Palace including the Diocesan Museum and the Archbishop’s Library. There are also the Aragonese Castle built by Ferdinand I, and several lookout towers like the Tower Testa and Tower Penna.
In the town of Otranto, in Lecce district, there are many points of artistic and cultural interest. Among the most representative buildings there is the Castle of Otranto. This imposing bastion with circular towers was modified several times and after the sack of Otranto of 1480 the Aragonese expanded it by giving it its current appearance.