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  • Discover Salento 3.0 by Repubblica Salentina ...it's a State of soul!
    end of the 17th century In those years thanks to a particular combination of ideas and circumstances the culture and urban structure of both town and province were totally re modelled with works composing an unmistakable urban fabric of extraordinary architectural and artistic value The local stone a compact grained marbled limestone honey coloured that can be carved with a penknife Cesare Brandi used as building material greatly enhanced the creativity of local artists The stone is soft and easy to cut and it used to be hardened and made resistant to rain and humidity with a very particular process it was soaked in fluid containing whole milk and this reduced its porosity making the surface hard and compact The Barocco leccese developed in the framework of the Counter Reformation and the foundation of reformed religious orders Theatine and Jesuits create in response to the Church s need to re assert its authority mainly through an ostentatious display of power Its distinctive autonomous style can be found in the particular imaginative and suggestive combination of architectural elements on the façade porticoes windows balconies loggias gargoyles corbels festoons columns and cornices crowded with human figures flowers and animals The expressiveness of these decorations overflows into the strictly religious areas and can be found also on altars ciboria and calvaries The reference to the earth its products and God s mercy is quite clear when flowers festoons and sprays of vine are mixed with elements symbolizing spiritual and Christian values From the 1500s to the 1710s this new language marked the urban renewal that followed Lecce s re acquired importance after the succession of plagues mass slaughters and ravages of the last decades of the 15th century during Aragonese rule The city had become an important commercial centre of the Kingdom of Naples attracting Venetian Dalmatian Greek and Lombard merchants and its prestige was further enhanced when it became the seat of the State s regional administrative offices and Law Courts peripheral renewed beginning of the 18th century Charles V appointed Lecce Puglia s regional capital city and ordered its renewal with several public works also the nobility participated in the construction of a large number of buildings which show the influence of this style that maintains a close relationship with classical principles but also embraces the rural characteristics of the peninsula s culture A good example is the Basilica of the Holy Cross Santa Croce among the more interesting and elaborate religious edifices featuring an extraordinary profusion of decorative elements namely the corbels supporting the balcony a typical element of Lecce s architecture and the caryatids of the façade Noteworthy next to the Basilica is Palazzo della Prefettura but also Palazzo del Seminario the churches of Santa Chiara SS Nicolò and Cataldo restructured and del Rosario A real Baroque gem is also piazza del Duomo which shows a particularly attractive synthesis of this style s main features Baroque art and its decorative criteria were soon followed in the whole of the

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  • Discover Salento 3.0 by Repubblica Salentina ...it's a State of soul!
    every layer The recipe of parmigiana varies from town to town some people fill each layer with boiled eggs or with mozzarella cheese beef balls or whatever else It is really worthy to try it Among the second courses there are specialities made with meat or fish We recommend you the following Pezzetti di cavallo horse meat pieces This is the most popular in Salento a bit more elaborate than roasted meat and very tasty Little pieces of horse meat are cooked in a terracotta pot with tomato sauce and spices A long cooking is necessary and in the end meat becomes tender and savoury Turcinieddhri They are little rolls made up with lamb entrails savoured with herbs They must be grilled or cooked in a wood oven Anyway you must be careful not to cook them long so not to get burnt Taieddhra The main ingredients of this dish are potatoes cozze mussels tomatoes onions and slices of courgettes No rice is added unlike that cooked in other towns The ingredients are put into layers and over each layer you can grate some cheese especially pecorino a typical cheese to add more savour Fish soup It is especially typical of Gallipoli and any other seaside resorts of Salento It is a mix of all the tastiest sea specialities The most traditional ingredients are rockfish priest fish skate and monkfish cernia and even some white fish page fish and white bream Once ready the soup should be eaten with cuttlefish mussels and prawns and sprinkled with some vinegar We recommend you to try it Scapece gallipolina It is a speciality a mix of fried little fish and breadcrumbs pickled with vinegar and saffron This recipe probably comes from the Arabs who used saffron for their dishes it is especially produced in Gallipoli and sold during fairs Aperitives and snacks Pittule pizzi and pucce Aperitives often are light meals and not just starters This because barmen serve little snacks along with drinks for example you can taste traditional pittule They are made with flour salt water and brewer s yeast When they are fried they take a different shape from one another Once people ate pittule on 8th December only but now you can eat them always during the year and you can also try them dipped into honey or vincotto They are generally used as a starter and are also filled with stockfish cauliflower tomatoes or whatever else Apart from pittule you can also eat pizzi and pucce a special kind of bread generally filled with black olives or tomato and capers Rustici They are round with a little bump in the middle People often eat them late in the morning and sometimes they prefer them to pizza They are baked in the oven they are made with flaky pastry filled with mozzarella cheese béchamel sauce tomato and a pinch of pepper Rustici are better tasted hot In some way they resemble the French vol au vant and probably were

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  • Discover Salento 3.0 by Repubblica Salentina ...it's a State of soul!
    Nel Salento Discover Italia Go Puglia Amo Salento TripAtlas Want to know more Want to receive info Want to suggest something Your name City Town Country E Mail Your request Your suggestions What do you think about Salento I don t like it It s not bad It s gorgeous What do you think about this website I don t like it It s ok I really like it Home

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  • Discover Salento 3.0 by Repubblica Salentina ...it's a State of soul!
    Inserisci i termini di ricerca Invia modulo di ricerca search in Discover Salento

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  • Discover Salento 3.0 by Repubblica Salentina ...it's a State of soul!
    instruments During the ritual the patient generally a woman danced for long hours under an epileptic fit caused by poison until she lost consciousness and fell heavily to the ground Finally she rested but the effect of poison was felt again the following summer There are several traditional pizzica groups the oldest being Officina Zoé Uccio Aloisi Gruppu Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino I Tamburellisti di Torrepaduli The most popular festival of pizzica is the Notte della Taranta It has been held in Melpignano since 1998 always in the second half of August in the square where thousands of people from all over Italy and even Europe come and see the big concert during which people sing play and dance pizzica in all its ardour and passion Several rock stars have appreciated this music such as Stewart Copeland of the Police Noa Nabil Salameh Gianna Nannini Franco Battiato Francesco De Gregori and Piero Pelù This event has become very important for our musical culture the big concert of Melpignano is only the last one and the climax of a series of concerts starting from the second week of August in various towns It emphasizes the importance that folk music has achieved in our territory where it is seen like a liberating outburst Want to see some examples of pizzica Danza delle spade sword dance The Sword dance also called fencing dance is an original type of dancing which originates from an old ritual of challenge by knife practiced by quarrelsome men at fairs or markets They challenged each other to defend their honour and pride You can see this very particular folk dance in Torrepaduli during the San Rocco feast in august It is like a big meeting where lots of people arrange themselves in circles called ronde making room for dancers

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  • Discover Salento 3.0 by Repubblica Salentina ...it's a State of soul!
    it to create beautiful works of art churches palaces and engraved decorations The stone is very much influenced by atmospheric agents and wet therefore lots of palaces and churches have been ruined in the centuries and most of them have been restored In fact in the past the scalpellini protected the stone with milk the blocks of stone were dipped into milk which seeped into the rock and created a waterproof layer This kept it unchanged The main quarries of pietra leccese are around Maglie and close to the Gallipoli Alezio road but there are others around Cutrofiano and Aradeo The stone is a kind of limestone the Miocenic type which contains sea fossils especially shells There are different kinds of pietra leccese and it goes under different names according to its origin texture and colour it may be soft hard white and black The pietra di Cursi Cursi stone chianche are made from it Another variety is carparo a bit thicker and harder of a dark yellow colour Almost all the historical town centres were built in pietra leccese before cement and perforated bricks were used Nowadays it is also used for interior design gifts and other objects such as clocks and statues which have given expression to a new form of contemporary art The famous terracotta Another material used by artisans to make plates glasses and any other ornament is terracotta one of the oldest craftmade artistic tradition It was already used by the Messapians as we see from the trozzelle and the pots found out in the area around Otranto During the years earthenware has grown into a real art and today it produces more and more complex items both simple and beautifully decorated These handmade products are modelled out of clay and water in fact Salento is a very clayey ground and then dried in the sunshine Once dried they are put in the oven at different temperatures and clay becomes ceramics The last step is the decoration an operation which requires patience and precision But our artisans are masters of that The output includes kitchenware whistles vases little statues for Christmas and other souvenirs of Salento In Salento it is a habit to pass the art from fathers to sons in small size or large size workshops Cutrofiano for example is full of workshops the most famous of which are Fratelli Colì Other towns where terracotta is famous are S Pietro in Lama Ruffano Galatina and Lequile Wherever you go you will see ancient capase in the past they were used to keep olive oil or wine or plates decorated by hand with the typical little flower it is almost an emblem of Salento and the cockerel pattern The embroidery art This art has a very long tradition and everywhere you can see looms and crochet laces linen or cotton works on tableclothes for trousseaus In the past women and young girls worked in workshops or factories but still nowadays many women work at home

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