Brindisi Airport - Grecìa Salentina - Melpignano

Brindisi Airport - Grecìa Salentina - Melpignano

Apulia
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232 Km

From Brindisi Airport in about an hour you can reach the town of Melpignano, the main centre of the typical folk dance known as "pizzica", and which has been put on the international music festival map by the "Night of the Tarantula" event, Italy's largest festival and one of the most important folk culture events in the whole of Europe. The festival is entirely dedicated to the rediscovery and revival of the traditional music of the Salento and its fusion with other music genres, from world music to rock, jazz and even classical music. On the way to Melpignano you cross an area made up of 9 towns and villages whose history harks back to Magna Graecia and where an ancient Greek patois called "griko" is still spoken: Sternatia, Calimera, Martano, Castrignano dei Greci, Corigliano d'Otranto, Melpignano, Soleto, Zollino, Martignano, preserving a part of the traditions, language and customs of the ancient Greek peoples who settled here in antiquity.

 

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Brindisi-Casale Airport

Brindisi

Brindisi-Casale Airport

The city of Brindisi, with its port and airport, is the gateway to a vast area of the region of Puglia and the Salento peninsula.

Brindisi-Papola Casale Airport, aka Salento Airport, is an airport serving Brindisi and the Salento area and is located at about 6km from the town centre and at about 35km from Lecce.

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Lecce: Historic Center (EXPO AND REGIONS)

Lecce

Lecce: Historic Center (EXPO AND REGIONS)

Lecce is a Baroque city, and it shows: its architecture is rich and exuberant, a legacy bequeathed from the creativity of Lecce's master stonecutters, who used Lecce stone, a type of limestone known locally as the "poor man's marble". The artistic and architectonic heritage of this city are vast, and decorate its palazzi, churches and streets to make for an authentic, joyful, open-air cultural experience.

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105.1 Km

77.5 Km

Night of the Taranta

Melpignano

Night of the Taranta

"La Notte della Taranta" or Night of the Taranta is the biggest festival in Italy and one of the most symbolic folk cultural events in Europe. Apulia's Salento region hosts this itinerant summer festival that celebrates both traditional local music and its fusion with other genres, in cluding world music, rock, jazz and symphonic.

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Sternatia: Grecìa Salentina (region of Greek dialect speakers)

Sternatia

Sternatia: Grecìa Salentina (region of Greek dialect speakers)

Zeni esù en ise ettù ‘s ti Kalimera” are the words inscribed on a marble stela inside Calimera's public gardens. In Grico, the Greek dialect used in this zone of Apulia, it reads: "You are not a foreigner here in Calimera." The monument was a gift from the City of Athens in 1960, and it signifies a by now centuries-old brotherhood between the descendants of the two most dominant civilzations in the Mediterranean. The towns in lower Salento with longlasting Greek origins are: Calimera, Martano, Castrignano dei Greci, Corigliano d’Otranto, Melpignano, Soleto, Sternatia, Zollino and Martignano. Together, they form Grecìa Salentina, and in part still hold onto the language, customs and traditions of the ancient Greeks.

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121.4 Km

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