The Salento Peninsula is the southern part of the Puglia region, the heel of the boot when you look at a map of Italy (it's the area south of Brindisi and Taranto on this Puglia map). Salento is known for its producers of good olive oil and wine, many nice beaches with clean water, and charming seaside towns. Lecce, the principal city of Salento, is filled with Baroque monuments and is famous for its paper mache' crafts.
Find out more about what to see and do on a visit to the peninsula with our Top Places to Go in Salento.
Photo of Santa Cesarea on the Salento Coast © by Martha Bakerjian, licensed to About.com