Location

  The conference will be held at Edificio Sperimentale (former "Edificio Tabacchi"), via F.Calasso, 3/A.

Salento: art, history, uncontaminated wilderness twine together to create a happy surprise for travellers venturing into this unusual vacation destination.

Arriving in Lecce, visitors are immediately struck by the warm and delicate yellow tones of the local masonry, so carefully worked by the hand of Baroque masters.

Lecce, is indeed a refined and precious Baroque gem, offering its guests a delicate brocade of wondrous sights: a play of light and shadow, the vine-laced contours of a well, the leaves of an ancient capital, a cherub's wings, the confines of the spacious Cloister of S. Cataldo.

The city's winding alleyways pass by the Chiesa di S. Croce, the magnificent Piazza Duomo, and the ruins of the Roman amphitheater.

Looking upwards, visitors can admire the lovely balconies, windows and doors all decked out in stony floral garlands. Lecce, city of talcum powder is different from its neighbors, a most unusual place, both ancient and noble, elegant and refined, rich in history and culture.

Along the "paesaggio delle pietre" there are fortified farms, relics of architectural history. Paying a visit to one of these sites is like stepping into the past. The nucleus of these structures is the large courtyard surrounded by a high wall, often dominated by a tower.

Some of these old structures still retain their sentry boxes, drawbridges, underground bunkers, wells and paved threshing floors and. The fortifications were built as a defensive measure some time in the middle of the 16th century.

All of them are characteristically square at the base, gradually forming a pyramid: Torre S.Foca, Torre dell'Orso, Torre S. Andrea, Torre S. Emilano, Torre Vado, Torre Mozza, Torre Roccavecchia...

 

Arriving in "Greek Salento" (Calimera, Castrignano dei Greci, Corigliano, Martano, Martignano, Melpignano, Soleto, Sternatia, Zollino), visitors will be delighted to find vestiges of the early Greo-Byzantine empire.

In this area, where "griko" is the local dialect, the ancient Hellenic roots still run deep and many local traditions date back to this period.
It is evident in the stone churches and the monolithic settlements; in the Roman monuments erected in honor of the Pre-Hellenic civilization; in the Magna Grecia with its medieval castles; in the Paleochristian crypts adorn with ancient frescoes; in the Baroque churches in all their glory.