Salento Coast to Coast


Good morning ladies and gentlemen! I’m Federica, your tour guide, and today I’m going to introduce you to Salento’s wonderful seaside landscape.
For more than 200 kilometres between the two seas, Adriatic and Ionian, Salento’s coastline extends from S. Cataldo to S. Maria di Leuca, on the Adriatic side, and from Leuca up to Porto Cesareo on the Ionian coast.

The Ionian coastline is full of Saracen towers, bays, cliffs, islands, beaches which are extraordinarily amazing throughout the Mediterranean coast. Here is an example in Porto Cesareo and Santa Cesarea Terme: [photos]

During our wonderful tour we are going to see:
The Alimini Lakes: two mirrors of water with freshwater streams, swamp vegetation and an oasis of protected fauna.

Nearby there is Otranto, one of the most exiting sea resorts, which is also the background of a famous novel by Maria Corti, “L’ora di tutti”, where you can read the story of the Martyrs of Otranto, beheaded by Saracens. Otranto has a byzantine heart in the cathedral, famous for “the mosaic of life”, which has been recently restored.

The Ionian coast shows all its beauty in Gallipoli, in Greek the “beautiful city”. In the medieval town centre there is a Greek fountain rebuilt in the Renaissance period and there are baronial houses which offer a rare attraction.

Olive Trees - A monument of nature


The olive tree is an evergreen, it can be tall and great. It grows slowly but it has a long life, sometimes it lives for thousands of years. The roots are developed and wide, they go into the earth sideways but they are 1 metre long at the end.

The trunk is a real masterpiece, it's dark and gnarled, sometimes it seems impossible that a trunk can twist itself in that way.

The young leaves are silver and from the fruit we extract the oil.
The olive tree flowers from March to June, the flowers are small and white with a delicate perfume.
In the last years it's fashionable to have some olive trees in one's own garden and for this reason there is an expensive market also in the north of Italy.
Also there are many legends about the olive tree. One of these tells that once the trunk is right and strong. In the night of Jesus's crucifixion the soldiers went to find wood for the cross. But none of the olive trees wanted to be it because they believed in the goodness of Jesus, then they thought that it was better to twist their trunks, in this way their wood was no good for a cross, and so it was. There're other legends that tell about Greek gods and also one about Adam.

Presentation of the Holy Crucifix in Galatone

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Bye for now, see you next week,

By the way,
I remembered: what is the difference between "remember" and "remind"?