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Everywhere traces of ancient civilizations emerge
Terra dei Messapi is the easternmost of the Italian regions.
Salento is the territory that welcomes first every new day, here the sun rises before any other region of Italy.
Each village houses a hypogeum, a bell tower, a baroque church, winding streets with small doors and green courtyards, colorful houses with bright colors and oriental-style buildings show the contamination of the Turkish world.
The countryside with dry stone walls, the "paiare", the masserie show the rural civilization of the past that had the main economic source in the land. Today they are the object of rediscovery for visitors who want to learn about the Salento culture. The fortified coastal towers scattered along the coast recall Turkish invasions for the conquest of a dominant position in the Mediterranean.
Numerous the Fiestas and the Festivals that still today recall the rituals and customs of the territory: the "Fòcara" of Sant'Antonio a Novoli, the "Pizzica" tarantata of Corigliano and Cursi, the "Dance of the swords" of Patù, the "Sagra te lu Mieru ”in Carpignano Salentino. Still the processions at sea that honor the peach and its fruits between sacred and profane.
EVENTS FROM JUNE TO SEPTEMBER
[icecolumns number = "4"] [icecol title = "GIUGNO"] 13 June - Feast of Sant'Antonio - Tricase. Feast of St. Anthony - Corigliano d'Otranto. Patronal Feast of St. Anthony - Melissano. Feast of St. Anthony of Padua - Galatina. Feast of St. Anthony of Padua - Soleto.
20-21 June - VIII Sagra San Giseppu Nuesciu - Copertino.
21 June - Feast of S.Luigi and Lampioni - Calimera. Feast and festival of S.Luigi - Presicce.
21-23 June - Feast and fair of S. Vito - Lequile.
28-30 June - Feast and fair of St. Peter and Paul and tarantolate rite - Galatina.
June 29 - Fiera of the SS Pietro and Paolo - Tricase.
3rd decade of June - Sceblasti festival (focaccia) - Zollino. [/ Icecol] [icecol title = "JULY"] First ten days of July - Patronal feast of the holy crucifix - Arnesano.
1-2 July - Sagra della Sceblasti - Zollino. Fair of the Madonna of the Visitation - Salice Salentino.
5-6 July - Sagra della Frisa - Matino.
8-9 July - Patronal feast - San Pietro in Lama. - Patronal Feast of St. Sebastian - Galatone.
12-13 July - Sagra della Cittadella - Copertino.
14-16 July - Fish Festival - Porto Cesareo.
15-16 July - Festival of Ancient Flavors - San Pietro in Lama.
15-17 July - Feast of the Madonna del Pane - Novoli.
16-18 July - Sagra te li paniri - Miggiano. 17 July - Sagra delle Stuzzicherie - Nardò.
18 July - Festival of typical dishes - Patu '.
20 July - Potato Festival - Felline (Alliste).
21 July - Watermelon Festival - Melpignano. 3rd Sunday of July - Feast of the Madonna del Carmine - Andrano.
21-22 July - Sagra della Puccia - Ugento. - Sagra della Bruschetta - Vitigliano (S.Cesarea).
22-23 July - Sagra del Pane - Cursi.
22-24 July - Feast of San Cesario - San Cesario.
23 July - Sagra Benvenuta Estate - Montegrappa (Tuglie).
23-26 July - Feast of Santa Cristina - Gallipoli. 24 July - Feast of Santa Maria Maddalena - Uggiano La Chiesa.
25-26 July - Feast of Sant'Anna - Vernole. - Sagra dell'Anguria - Giuggianello.
26-27 July - Feast of San Pantaleone - Martignano. 4th Sunday of July - Sagra della cucuzzata (focaccia kneaded with courgette, black olives in brine, tomato, chilli pepper, olive oil). - Vitigliano.
28-30 July - Feast of San Trifone Alessano. 29 July - "Luggiana" Festival - Marittima (Diso).
29-30 July - Cardinale Grape Festival - Guagnano. 30 July - Sagra te la Purpetta - Montegrappa (Tuglie). - Feast of Santa Maria Maddalena - Castiglione (Andrano). - Fiera di Sant'Antonio - Castrano. - Feast of St. Vincenzo Ferreri - Cannole. 31 July - Fera Nova - Alessano. [/ Icecol] [icecol title = "AUGUST"] 1st decade of August - Festival of the "friseddhra" - Marittima.
1 August - Feast of Sant'Antonio - Montesardo (Alessano).
3 August - Feast of the Madonna delle Grazie - Andrano.
4 August - Festival of Typical Products - Tutino (Tricase).
4-6 August - Sagra della Piscialetta - Surbiton. - Sagra te lu Purpu - Melendugno.
5 August - Sagra te la Cucuzzata - Vitigliano (S.Cesarea). - Sagra delle Trozzelle - Vaste (Poggiardo).
6-7 August - Feast of San Donato - San Donato.
6-8 August - Cavalcade and Fiera dell'Incoronata - Nardò.
7 August - Festival of the purpetta - Bagnolo.
8-10 August - Feast of Santa Chiara - Gallipoli.
9-10 August - Feast of San Lorenzo - Sogliano Cavour.
10 - 12 August - Sagra della municeddrha (country snail) - Cannole.
11 August - Fiera di San Vito - Presicce.
13 - 15 August - Festa Beati Martiri Idruntini - Otranto.
14-15 August - Fried Fish Festival - S. Maria di Leuca.
14-16 August - Feast of San Rocco - Torrepaduli (Ruffano).
15 August - Feast of the Madonna di Leuca with procession to the sea - Feast of the Holy Madonna - Maria di Leuca. Feast of the Assumption of Mary - Vaste (Poggiardo).
16 August - Feast of the Madonna of Acquaviva - Marittima.
16-18 August - Birrainfesta - Vernole.
17-18 August - Watermelon Festival - Botrugno.
18-20 August - Feast of S. Rocco, patron saint - San Cassiano.
19 August - Feast of Santa Caterina - Santa Caterina (Nardò). - Galatone in Pentola - Galatone. - Sagra della 'mpilla
19-20 August - Gastronomic Party - Cutrofiano. - Sagra te la Carne te Cavaddhu - Seclì.
20-21 August - Festa dei Tamburellisti - Diso.
3rd Sunday of August - Fish Festival "a sarsa" (fried and then marinated fish with stale bread, vinegar, garlic and mint)
22 August - Feast of St. George of Cappadocia - Sternatia.
24-26 August - Feast of Sant'Oronzo - Lecce.
26-27 August - Feast of Santa Cesarea - Porto Cesareo.
August 27th - Summer Goodbye Festival - Tuglie. - Sagra Friseddhe, Purpette and Vinu - Sogliano Cavour.
Last Saturday and Sunday of August - Sagra della Bruschetta - Soleto. [/ Icecol] [icecol title = "SEPTEMBER"] 1 September - Feast of Sant'Oronzo - Campi Salentina.
1st decade of September - Feast "te lu mieru" (of wine) - Carpignano.
3 September - Feast of Sant'Oronzo - Acaya (Vernole).
3-4 September - Feast of San Domenico - Cavallino.
6-8 September - Feast of Mary Mother of Grace - Galatone. - Festa Madonna delle Grazie - Collepasso.
7 September - Sagra delle Frize 'ncapunate - Magliano (Carmiano).
7-8 September - Sagra della Pagnotta e del Vino - Galatone.- "Cappeddha" Fair - Taviano. - Festa Madonna delle Grazie - Sannicola.
8-9 September - Feast of Santa Maria della Strada - Taurisano.
9 September - Sagra della Puccia - Cocumola (Minervino).
9-10 September - Sagra del Maiale - Villa Baldassarri. - Festa della Carne alla Pignata - San Pietro in Lama.
10-12 September - Trippa Festival - Acaya (Vernole).
11-12 September - Feast of Santa Cesarea - Santa Cesarea.
12 September - Feast of Santa Maria - Santa Maria al Bagno (Nardò). [/ Icecol] [/ icecolumns]