Greek Salento or 'La Greca Salentina' is a cultural and linguistic island in the heart of south Puglia with a history as old as the first invaders of the Italian peninsular.
It is formed of the comuni of Calimera, Martano, Martignano, Castrignano dei Greci, Corigliano d'Otranto, Soleto, Sternatia and Zollino. Here they still speak "Griko".
All the towns are worth visiting for their historical centres with their narrow streets, noble buildings, olive presses, churches, bell towers, convents and castles.
The most important is Corigliano d’Otranto, now home to an interactive musuem, but also Vaste 4km from Spongano.
Of all the ancient people who arrived in the territory, the most significant where the Messapi.
Their name means "popolo tra i due mari" or 'people between two seas'. Still surrounded in mystery, their traces can be identifed across all Salento.
Visit the Museo Archeologlico della Civiltà Messapica in Vaste. The adjacent archaeological zone can be visited.
This itinerary has been proposed by La Macchiola Bed and Breakfast and apartments in Spongano, Lecce.