The exhibition as a time travel

An immersive setting that brings the sea, with all its charm and mystery, in the spaces of the Airport of Brindisi, almost a foretaste of what the Salento offers its visitors.

Our virtual, diachronic sailing through the centuries and the ever changing coastal landscapes, through the ways and forms of ancient navigation, relations, trade, settlements along the shores of the Adriatic, from pre-Roman times to modern times, changes its direction to focus on modern times with some spectacular 3D digital models of important bronze statues from antiquity, the evocative multimedia reconstruction of the Grotta Poesia and the work of the artist Costas Varotos, from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, all to remind us that human choices and destinies are interwoven with a single thread: that of HUMANITY.


Many names for just one sea. Over the centuries, the Adriatic has been called in a thousand ways, chosen by different peoples thinking of the sight of land at the end of their journeys, of their myths, of their fears. Sometimes, it wasn't even like an open sea, it was like a gulf. Down here in the Salento, where the shores can be seen and it seems easy, on a clear day, to go from one side to the other, they saw the mouth of the great Ionios Kolpos (Ionian Gulf).

From the glaciations to the present day, from the first human settlements to today's nature reserves, passing through the birth of ports and coastal towns and the end of entire civilizations. A bird's eye view of the coastline and over time, following the rise and fall of the sea level, on which the rhythms of life of Nature and man have always depended.

The Adriatic is the protagonist of another age-old story that seems to have no end: the movement of enormous quantities of human beings between its shores, in an unceasing movement of peregrinations, pilgrimages, invasions, trade, fleeing. A dense network of human fates that have traveled on every possible means of transportation, in a story that still invites us to reconsider the notions of identity, sense of belonging and hospitality.

A Roman Consul, a little girl combed like a princess, a winged Victory, the Emperor Tiberius: works of art found in scraps dating back to Late Antiquity, collected and shipped as recycled material for re-melting the metal and "victims" of a disastrous shipwreck are the models of spectacular digital reconstructions in 3D. A real testament to the great innovative capacity of archaeological research.

Sacred buildings, monuments, temples, stelae, burial grounds. The Adriatic shores are dotted with places dedicated to the "sacred" and " and destined to be stopover landing docks, essential landmarks for navigation, but also meeting points between those who come from the sea and those who look at the sea from the land. Areas where those who ply the waters are welcomed, pray and thank for surviving a wreck, offering and leaving gifts to the gods, perhaps going down into the dark depths of the soil, in one of the many coastal caves, which have been regularly visited since very ancient times.

Trade has always been the hallmark of navigation on the Adriatic. Everything has crossed this sea: cereals, wine, oil, meat and fish, honey, glass, marble, metals, minerals, stones and bricks, fine pottery and artistic craftsmanship, works of art, furniture and ornaments, ceramics, bronze, amber, gold, silver, ivory, precious stones, pearls, medicinal substances, incense, ointments, perfumes, leather, hides, wool, silk and other fabrics, wood, slaves...
A floating retail store that has never stopped working.

From the sandy seabed, relics re-emerge full of stories, representing an immense and priceless underwater archaeological heritage. The sea, like a refined collector, shows us the treasures it has kept for a long time and, telling us the fate of the precious finds, works of art and high artistic craftsmanship - refined banqueting services, statues of exotic and now forgotten gods and blossoming young girls - evokes the memory of all men, trades, lives and shipwrecks that it witnessed.

Navigation between the shores of the Adriatic Sea has always been a high-tech issue, with always new and improved shipbuilding techniques, as shown by the findings of naval archaeology. A long story of coexistence between man and the sea that has been nourished by great ingenuity, hard work and discoveries.

Through the history of Roca, a fortified village of the Bronze Age, destroyed by fire, rebuilt and again swallowed by flames, we can taste the daily life of the Salento of the second millennium B.C., when its coasts were a crossroads for navigation, trade and contacts among the people who crossed the Strait of Otranto.