There is a strong sense of identity here. People appear to know who they are. The rest of the world exists, but it does not seem to touch them.
Here are a few excerpts from the book “Perle del Salento”, published by SOSalentovacanze.com. It tells the story of the area in the south of Italy. Thousands of years though can not be put in one or two paragraphs, but it becomes clear that this area has a strong history from megaliths, dolmen and menhirs to current religious bent. But there is an undercurrent that I am feeling that leads me to believe the old gods are not dead, that there is a co-existence of beliefs, that it is in the south of Italy where the spirits of the air and sea join with those of the earth and fire.
More to follow.