Silvestro Salento

short subject filmsWe need your help! But more about that in a second. We’ve jumped back into short subject filmmaking once again, after minoring in it at university (my scurrying fingers just stopped on the keyboard, mid-keystroke upon figuring the math on how long ago that was, exactly).  What’s new this time is that everything is digital, […]Read more
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bicycle / food / wineTwice, I bicycled the length of Italy (once 34 days, the second, 31). And 9 times I bicycled from Marsala to Lecce (from 6 to 10 weeks). There is no better way to learn about the food and wine of a place quite like bicycling the terrain between the vineyards, restaurants and olive groves. The […]Read more
our school next yearWhat does 2016 have in store for our little food and wine school in Puglia? It’s never easy to predict but we are getting better at it. And with our students coming from 46 different countries (as above,  Ursula from Switzerland and Hans from Germany), the trends are bound to be global. Last year we […]Read more
December in Lecce, ItalyOur December courses In a recent interview I was asked, after summers, when is the best time to visit Puglia. My reply was this: come in the winter and if you can’t do that come in the spring and if you can’t do that come in the Autumn and if you can’t do that come […]Read more
Olive oil and Children, Olive you      In the last few weeks I’ve been involved in teaching local children all about the world of olive oil, from picking, pressing to storing and eating the stuff. Most of the time my face has ached, the fee paid for smiling so much. Who would have guessed that children’s beach toys would […]Read more
New Courses!Every year we add a new course: here are the two new courses that you may not about yet. Our new Bici (Bicycle) / Vino / Cucina course at the castle. Imagine going for a bicycle ride among the olive groves in Southern Italy, only to round a corner to see that the staff has […]Read more
Angelo our fishmonger al castelloAngelo's shop is still decorated the way you might decorate a sleeper car on a train or your bed in a military barracks: a crucifix, an old picture of a long-gone relative, a cheap trinket with a private story.Read more
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