Salento is at the tip of the heel of Italy's boot. Its major town is Lecce, with its university, its charming, narrow cobbled streets, and its famous baroque churches and Roman amphitheatre.
The easternmost town in all of Italy is Otranto on Salento's Adriatic coast. Otranto lies due west of Albania and on clear days, one can see the snow-capped mountain peaks of Albania rising up from the Adriatic. It is in Otranto that the two authors from the United States, Audrey and David, have found an apartment which they rent each year and use as home base for their explorations of Salento.
The other authors, Carlo, Lucia and Luciana all live in the town of Taviano on the other side of the Salento Peninsula. They each teach in nearby towns-Carlo and Lucia in Gallipoli and Luciana in multiple towns close by. Both Luciana on the one hand and Carlo and Lucia on the other, have family summer homes just a few kilometers away from Taviano in the seaside town of Mancaversa.
It takes about an hour and a half to drive from Otranto to Mancaversa or, for that matter, from Otranto to anywhere else in Salento.