Salve is our village but is also an italian way to say "hello!" or "welcome!". So, welcome to Salve and Salve to you!
The municipality area of Salve is very huge: it includes the hamlet of Ruggiano, the marinas of Posto Vecchio, Pescoluse, Torre Pali and Lido Marini, as well as vast countryside areas.
Salve surprises those who discover it for the first time. An historic center with lanes that are intertwined and overlooked by palaces and towers from the 16th and 17th centuries, these streets then open up into the great air of the town's squares.
Piazza della Concordia first of all: here you will find the column and the church dedicated to San Nicola Magno, the patron saint of Salve. The church has a very imposing facade but the real treasure is inside: in fact it preserves the oldest organ of Puglia, called “Olgiati-Mauro”, among the four most important in Europe. Built in 1628 and restored in 1978, it has 393 canes and represents a small treasure not only musical, but also artistic for its decorations and cultural for the legend that tells of its arrival in Salve. A fascinating legend that unites the north and south of Italy with the complicity of a ship, its shipwreck and its precious cargo.
On the same square, don't miss the Ramirez Carida Palace, where you can admire the splendid architecture, with the garden and the frescoed vaults. Here is also the headquarters of the Info-Point and of various associations linked to the territory and its development.
The Church of Sant’Antonio and the chapels of San Biagio, the Medici Saints Cosma and Damiano, the Madonna di Loreto, the Madonna del Carmine and many others are principals of religiousness and ancient rites throughout the urban area of Salve. Even outside, in the countryside, there are ancient chapels around which a religious feeling strongly intertwined with country life and its cycles was expressed. Even today, these chapels are celebrated with rituals and parties dedicated to them. In particular we point out the chapel of Sant’Anna, that of the SS. Crucifix and that of the Holy Spirits.
Walking through the historic center of Salve, pause to observe the inside of the doors and discover the beauty of the architecture of the ancient houses of Salento, with their internal gardens, their courtyards and the masonry stairs that intertwine on the high internal facades of these buildings are rich in history and authenticity.
Colors will strike you. The colors of the churches, palaces and paved streets, in Salve and beyond. In many other Salento villages you will have the same fascinating "color impression". A stone that shines under the sun by day, with pink hues, and that in the evening diffuses very warm colors thanks to the characteristic lighting that these historic centers preserve. This striking lighting is a typical feature of the entire Salento area.