Southern Italy was settled by Greeks in ancient times but on the Salento peninsula of southern Puglia there are still towns that retain their Greek heritage. The area called Grecia Salentina is a group of eleven towns in the interior of Salento, to the south of Lecce and east of the coast town of Otranto whose whitewashed walls and architecture are also reminiscent of Greece. See Puglia Map
In most of the Grecia Salentina towns, the dialect of Greek spoken there is still taught in schools and many signs are posted in both Italian and Greek (and sometimes also in English). Most of these towns have beautiful and interesting historic centers. Since they are close together, it's easy to visit several towns in one day if you have a car. Some of the towns can also be reached by train on the private rail line, Ferrovie del Sud Est.
it's believed that the Pizzica Salentina music may have originated in this area, as it is related to Greek music. Here's a pizzica video with more information.
Let's take a look at four Greek towns of Grecia Salentina.
Sternatia - Grecia Salentina
Sternatia has a small historic center with several interesting churches and historic mansions (palazzi) such as Palazzo Marchesale, now the seat of the town hall. There is also an ancient hypogeum. Sternatia has a small train station and can be reached by train on the Ferrovie del Sud Est. San Giorgio is the patron saint and there's a big festival on August 22 for the Feast Day of San Girgio.