Silvestro Salento

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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
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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
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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
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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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Mario our butcher al castello‘I have it in the blood’, he says, his face registering both senses. ‘My father started teaching me when I was 15. He learned from his father, my paternal grandfather. There was a time when I thought about going into police work….. - Read more
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peaches in primitivoCome summer here in Puglia, each of us of develops a strategy for keeping cool. For me it most often involves a 150 year old stoneware vessel kept the bottom of the refrigerator all through the summer months. In it you’ll find peaches in primitivo, the two mingling until the peaches are as black as […]Read more
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recent press  For the last 11 years we’ve had our fair share of favourable press but lately, something has changed. A few weeks ago we were in the New York Times for the third time in two years. The region was in The Guardian. The city of Lecce is in the running for the capitol of […]Read more
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