A new partnership between Mississippi State University and Italy’s University of Salento will benefit both institutions as faculty work together advancing solutions to global food supply challenges through digital technology and smart agriculture. University of Salento Rector Fabio Pollice and Vice Rector Maria Antonietta Aiello recently met with M...

There are many, many reasons why everyone seems to holiday in Puglia. Lecce is one of them. This honey-coloured city is a real gem, but don't call it an open-air museum: local people know that there is much more to the beauty of its churches and galleries. With its irresistible mix of Baroque and exquisitely Mediterranian landscapes, it is a perfec...

Puglian winemaker Massimiliano Apollonio shares tips on the best cafes, museums, parks and bike rides in his beautiful southern city FoodLecce is renowned for its cucina povera – it literally means “poor cuisine”, but refers to the tasty home cooking of rural families who make the most of seasonal, local produce. We are fortunate to have wonderful...

Puglia is a land that will amaze you with its beauty and leave you breathless. It is the easternmost region in Italy and even the one with the most kilometers of coastline, almost 800, where you can visit museums, beaches, art galleries, churches, caves, natural sites, and much more. There are too many beautiful things to do in Apulia not to come h...

Salento: In the heart of the Tavoliere, between the Valle della Cupa and the Terra d’Arneo, you can cycle lightly on rural paths, among olive groves, dairies factories, wine cellars and the baroque architectural beauties. From Lequile to Copertino to Leverano, discovering the countryside on the outskirts of Lecce, which gives shelter to the cyclist...

The art of papier-mâché in Lecce, a phenomenon unique to Apulia, dates back to a period between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the development of arts was linked to the increasing number of churches and monuments.  At this time, the craftsmen of Lecce discovered that the art of “plasticising” paper allowed them to create myriad sacr...

A peninsula in the peninsula, a jewel kissed by the sun and framed by the sea that is the envy of the whole world. This – and much more – is the Salento, the physical region that is located at the southern end of Puglia and that constitutes a universe in itself made of natural, architectural, gastronomic and linguistic peculiarities quite unique. A...

The whole Puglia and the Salento are often remembered by passing tourists, as well as from regular visitors for its natural beauty, the sea, the long beaches and the olive groves. The olive tree, like the vine, is one of the most anciently known plants in Puglia, in fact many authors attest that since ancient times the region produces more olive oi...

There are lots of reasons to visit the Salento area of Puglia. The southernmost part of the heel of Italy’s boot is filled with incredible beaches, Baroque architecture, and cultural experiences. Of course, there is also its delicious cuisine and there are quite a few things you need to save room for in order to sample all of the specialties there...

Considered the emblem of the highly admired ‘Lecce Baroque,’ the Basilica of Santa Croce is one of the most important churches in the Apulian town of Lecce.  Construction of the Basilica began in 1549 and took more than 100 years to complete, in 1699. Santa Croce was built on the site of a monastery, at the request of the Celestine fathers. Importa...