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SAN CASSIANO

SAN CASSIANO  Apri
Loc. SAN CASSIANO - PUGLIA  Navigatore
25 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Poggiardo, Minervino di Lecce, Ortelle
San Cassiano is in southern Salento, is 12 km from the Adriatic Sea and 39.7 km from Lecce. The territory of the municipality of San Cassiano, is mostly flat and lies in the municipality of Paduli part of the Park, an area characterized by a rural landscape dominated mainly by extensive olive groves and majestic in which they survive and numerous plant and animal species; is the case of some specimens of oak trees, traces of the ancient woods of Belvedere. It is bordered to the north by the municipality of Sanarica, on the east by the municipality of Poggiardo, on the south by the municipality of Nociglia, to the west with the municipality of Supersano, north-west with the municipality of Botrugno. The name may reflect the cult of San Cassiano, according to tradition, coming from the East and directed at Imola, of which he became bishop, stopped around the end of the third century in the place where it arose the current center.

BAIA DELL'ORTE

BAIA DELL'ORTE  Apri
Loc. OTRANTO LE, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
39 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area , Porto Badisco, Minervino di Lecce
The dell'Orte Beach is located about 4 kilometers south of Otranto, set in the beautiful bay of the same name, which in turn belongs to one of the most spectacular and wild Salento, between the white tongue Punta Faci and the promontory of Capo d 'Otranto. The beach is lined with sandy beaches, some sandy to rocky and sandy coves protected by a fragrant pine forest behind. The sea is beautiful, with shades from turquoise to cobalt blue, with bottoms sloping sandy but rich rocks near shore. The whole bay is very busy in high season, you can enjoy greater peace of mind while moving on foot to the historic lighthouse Palascia, a few hundred meters further south, where there are more secluded coves. To reach the bay dell'Orte you must take the road that goes from the port of Otranto to the south and along the so-called Russian lands.

MORCIANO DI LEUCA

MORCIANO DI LEUCA  Apri
Loc. MORCIANO DI LEUCA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
4 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Patů, Castrignano del Capo, Alessano
The history and nature characterize Morciano di Leuca, in which the town lies the fortified church of St. John the Almoner , dating from the sixteenth century and built on a pre-existing structure of the late Middle Ages. Worthy of a visit is the Marina di Torre Vado, with its landscape of cliffs and beaches and the majestic Aragonese tower overlooking the small harbor . The nature of the karst area in which Morciano is ed, favors the creation of sinkholes , which are generated by infiltration of surface water into the ground . This is the case of the two Vore of Barbarano ( Vora Vora Small and Large ), whose maximum depth is respectively 34 and 25 meters. Located on the outskirts of the village of Barbarano , the charming Little Lila is a magnificent historical monuments that covered the role of the last stage of the Via dei Pellegrini, before reaching the Santurio De Finibus Terrae . The birth of the first settlement of Morciano di Leuca dates from the ninth century by refugees from the nearby city of Vereto , destroyed by the Saracens . With the advent of the Normans, the estate was donated in 1190 by Tancred at Sinibaldo Sambiasi , whose descendants owned it until the thirteenth century. In the house passed to the Angevin period Riccardus Murchano who sold it in 1335 to Walter VI of Brienne . Between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries succeeded several families before the Sambiasi , then Capece , D' Enghien and Castromediano . Despite the abolition of the feudal tem had been enacted in 1806 , the house was bought in 1848 by Giuseppe Valentini . The name may derive most probably from the Latin word murex with reference to the kind of rocky and hilly nature of the ground on which the town is located . Other hypotheses suggest a derivation from the Latin name of person Murcius or the fact that in the past was a place for the storage of goods.

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE PORTO SELVAGGIO E PALUDE DEL CAPITANO

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE PORTO SELVAGGIO E PALUDE DEL CAPITANO  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DI PORTO SELVAGGIO E PALUDE DEL CAPITANO, NARDO LE, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
44 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Scala di Furno, Gallipoli, Corigliano D'otranto
  Brochure PDF
The park covers 1,122 hectares, of which 300 of pinewood and 7 kilometers of coastline and pristine high. Includes three Sites of Community Interest, Torre Uluzzo, Torre Inserraglio and Captain's Marsh, and many areas of historical, archaeological, palaeontological and landscaped with coastal towers and caves emerged and submerged. The Captain's Marsh is an important karst springs with various shaped valley filled with brackish water, locally called spunnulate.

MINERVINO DI LECCE

MINERVINO DI LECCE  Apri
Loc. MINERVINO DI LECCE LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
31 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Poggiardo, Palmariggi, Porto Badisco
Minervino di Lecce is a town of Salento , located in the province of Lecce, Apulia , situated on the lowlands of the Serre Poggiardo and Giuggianello , towards the Adriatic coast. Is about 5 km from Uggiano Church, 8 km from Santa Cesaria Terme, 5 km from Porto Badisco and 42 km from Lecce. Its economy is exclusively agricultural , as it is located in one of the most fertile and productive in the region. The territory of Minervino di Lecce occupies an area of 17.88 square kilometers and lies between 82 and 127 meters above sea level . It is bordered to the north by the municipalities of Giurdignano and Giuggianello , on the east by the municipality of Uggiano the Church , on the south by the municipality of Santa Cesarea Terme, on the west by the municipality of Poggiardo . Entering Minervino of Lecce , the first detail is striking is the presence of numerous churches , reflecting the particular attachment of its population to the Christian faith . The Mother Church , dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, is one of the most beautiful Renaissance churches of Salento. Built in the mid- 1500s, was considered , and still is , a church designed to collect and assemble the entire population. Very beautiful are the portals are characterized by delicate carvings , the wealthy and large rose window that invokes the Holy Cross of Lecce , while valuable is the majestic bronze bell , which is said to be capable, with its vehement touches , to keep away from the center inhabited most violent storms . A real fortress is considered Palazzo Venturi , equipped with canditoie which were used to defend against enemy attacks. Of particular value are the gates Bugnano which stands on the crest of a noble family , whose building still bears the name . Also not to be missed is Scarciglia Palace , with its beautiful atrium, featuring floral decorations and decorated with balustrades very special .

TORRE SUDA

TORRE SUDA  Apri
Loc. RACALE LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
21 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Torre San Giovanni, Gallipoli, Specchia
Racale is an agricultural town on the slopes of the Serra High . According to tradition would Racale Roman origin, founded by a freedman of Caesar Augustus, who gave her a coat of arms very similar to that of Rome. For others, however , would be the obvious reference to the tradition of the name greek - Salento , for which the city would be built to celebrate the cult of Hercules . Racale suffered over the centuries , the impetuosity of the enemy invasion and the violence of an earthquake that destroyed the parish church, rebuilt in 1743. The city's economy is based primarily on the production of socks with many factories who trade in Italy and abroad. There is also a thriving agricultural economy based on the production of olive oil , potatoes and vegetables . Torre Suda is a village in the municipality of Racale , in the province of Lecce. It is located in south-western Salento and takes its name from a tower -shaped circular , 13.5 meters high , built in the fifteenth century as a bulwark of the Turkish raids . The tower from which it takes its name Torre Suda The clean sea, small natural bays and the Mediterranean make it a major tourist destination in summer along the Ionian coast of Salento. The small church located in front of the San Marco square is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary Star of the Sea. Recently was elected to the parish church , whose festival is celebrated on the first Sunday after August with the traditional Cockaigne at sea, in the so-called t'urpe Channel (Channel Fox ) . Among the itineraries offered by Racale, you can not avoid a visit to the Mirror, megalithic tower rudimentary, consisting of large stones stacked. The name is derived from observations on the structure and the environment carried out by the Romans. As for the religious architecture, the interesting church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, or the Addolorata, in addition, the churches of San Sebastian, San Nicola Pellegrino and Santa Maria del Paradiso.

POGGIARDO

POGGIARDO  Apri
Loc. POGGIARDO - PUGLIA  Navigatore
27 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area San Cassiano, Minervino di Lecce, Ortelle
In the heel of Italy , in the province of Lecce , a few minutes from the wide sandy beaches interspersed with fascinating cliffs overlooking the sea, is Poggiardo . An ancient village of the fourteenth century , which still boasts of a rich historical and architectural heritage preserved in the shade of green oaks, pines and olive groves. For a long time , and then Norman Byzantine rule , the urban structure of the town and its culture has been strongly influenced also by the successive rulers of the Swabians (1195-1266) , Anjou (1266-1435) , Aragon (1442-1502) , Spanish ( 1506-1734) and the Bourbons ( 1734-1861 ) . The village still retains the original urban layout , with old houses positioned to court and narrow streets with a single access from the main road . Among the major historical sites are the walls and the castle, a ducal palace Guarini , dating back to the Angevin period , a time of great economic and social development in this area. Of great importance also the natural heritage of Poggiardo . Here the Serra is the only modest relief of the area is covered by dense forests nereggianti , a mix between pine scents of herbs and plants typical of the Mediterranean machine . To characterize the land, scarce resources , hydrographic , karst caves , erosion of the rock, inhabited in ancient times , today full of stalactites and stalagmites

PORTO BADISCO

PORTO BADISCO  Apri
Loc. PORTO BADISCO - PUGLIA  Navigatore
33 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Santa Cesarea Terme, Minervino di Lecce, Ortelle
Porto Badisco is a small fishing village and popular tourist destination known especially during the summer and sits between Otranto and Santa Cesarea. Among the spectacular images of the coast you can see the creeks and ravines as the Giants Muffler, symbols and felt karst erosion and rich flora and fauna nesting feature. The cave is more important and relevant Porto Badisco is the Deer Cave, famous because it housed the first inhabitants of the area about four millennia ago. The Deer Cave is three kilometers long and divided into three parts, in which there are numerous inions, hand-painted depicting deer hunters (hence the name of the cave) where the colors are more vibrant because not modified by the passage of time; definitely was formed by a river that flowed into the rock now disappeared. Discovered in 1970, now it is not open to the public. The stretch of coastline where lies Porto Badisco is one of the most beautiful of the Adriatic: the dark blue color of the sea mixes with the light of the rugged coastline with its white rock like foam and sometimes of the clear beach. Inside are the valleys and hills that architectures with clear and dry stone walls give rise to an astonishing panorama of colors typical of the country. A spectacular close this framework, the sweet fragrance of myrtle, thyme, sage, fennel and typical olive trees, prickly pears, oleanders, palms and oaks.

PATU

PATU  Apri
Loc. PATU LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
5 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Castrignano del Capo, Morciano di Leuca, Alessano
At the edge of Capo di Leuca is Patu , common place southeast of Lecce (which is 61 Km ) , on the back of a gently inclined slope tuff south west, 123 m. above sea level . The foundation of the small town dates back to 924 AD by refugees from the nearby Vereto , destroyed by the Saracens . The name , for some it derives from the greek pathos indicating the suffering of veretini , for centuries harassed by the Saracen raids ; for others from Verduro Pato , keeper of the granaries of the lords of Vereto . In 1318 they were the lords of the small town Sambiasi , which succeeded the Capece , the De Electis , the Episcopal Curia of Alessano, the Guarino and finally Granafei . The coat of arms depicts a cat who holds in his teeth a fish on a gold field . Despite its small size , Patu is a town steeped in history. There are many attractions that enchant anyone who decides to visit this small village in Apulia. First of all, the church of San Michele Arcangelo , the ancient parish church built in 1564 by architect Francis Centolanze of Nardo, by the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary. Other important religious building is the Church of St. John the Baptist dating from the tenth century , which stands in front of the Centropietre . The building recalls the bloody battle between Christians and Moors of 24 June 877. Among the historic buildings also Roman Palace , residence belonging to the family of Liborio Romano (1793-1867) , the most illustrious son of Patu , the man considered the most discussed of the Italian Risorgimento . Salentino strongly attached to his land , Liborio Romano was a key figure in a historical period difficult, troubled , wonderful and glorious as was the unification of Italy. At the same time a citizen was sed in politics , the last Minister of the King of Naples , Francis II de Bourbon, at the service of the government. The building was built by Alessandro Romano ( father Liborio ) during the first decades of the nineteenth century. The structure, in neoclassical style , had the dual function of room for the large family and a symbol of power and wealth. The main facade, much higher than the rest of the building reinforces the impression of the grandeur of the same .

MELPIGNANO

MELPIGNANO  Apri
Loc. MELPIGNANO LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
36 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Corigliano D'otranto, Cannole, Palmariggi
Melpignano ( Lipignana in griko ) is located in central Salento , is 26.3 kilometers from the provincial capital and belongs to the historic region of Greek Salento , a linguistic island of nine municipalities where people speak a language of ancient Greek origin, griko . The town is famous for hosting the final concert of the Festival della Notte della Taranta . The territory of the municipality of Melpignano , has a morphology totally flat , bordered to the north with the municipality of Castrignano de 'Greci , on the east by the Municipality of Cursi, on the south by the Municipality of Jerseys and west by the municipalities of Cutrofiano and Corigliano d ' Otranto. The agro Melpignano is rich in olive groves and pasture areas . Ancient crossroads of trade, different cultures and languages , the small village is now an expert in the integrated development of the territory, where the beauty of the places and the important artistic heritage exists, combines well with the ability to enhance the tradition and to retain the pleasure of hospitality . In a countryside full of olive trees and wild species are safeguarded and protects dry stone walls and stone buildings , wonderful examples of rural architecture . The surrounding area is rich in quarries from which we extract the famous stone, the precious materials used in the time to build houses and buildings, today is also used for works of artistic craftsmanship . In a well-preserved historical center , between Mehir and courtyard houses unexpected Melpignano you find some architectural gems unique in their kind .

CORIGLIANO D'OTRANTO

CORIGLIANO D'OTRANTO  Apri
Loc. CORIGLIANO LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
37 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Corigliano D'otranto, Melpignano, Cannole
Corigliano d' Otranto ( Choria'na or Koriana in griko , Curia'nu in local dialect ) is situated in the central part of the Salento Salento Greece , linguistic island , which speaks an ancient language of Greek derivation , griko . The grecanico or griko ( also grico ) is a dialect (or group of dialects ) of neo - greek relic probably of a broader and ongoing linguistic area ellenofona formerly existed in the coastal part of Magna Grecia. The Greeks today call the language Katoitaliotika ( Greek : , southern Italian ). The language written in Latin characters , has points in common with the modern Greek and in the meantime the words that are the result of obvious influences Lecce or other Romance languages . The town's name is erroneously made to derive from the word heart (symbol that appears in the coat of arms for assonance ) , and probably can be traced back to the medieval term greek ( chorion ), which in Italian means village farm . The territory of the town of Corigliano d'Otranto which extends into the central part of the province is totally flat . The agro coriglianese is mainly cultivated with olive trees . Plant species that cover the area are olive trees, oaks and pines. The territorial limits bordering to the north with the municipalities of Soleto , and Zollino Martano , on the east by the municipalities of Castrignano de 'Greci and Melpignano , to the south with the municipalities of shirts and Cutrofiano , on the west by the municipalities of Galatina and Galashiels.

ALESSANO

ALESSANO  Apri
Loc. ALESSANO LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
8 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Morciano di Leuca, Patů, Contrada Guardiola
Visit Alessano is like running a striking gallery , with sumptuous palaces with Renaissance facades , Baroque churches and court houses . A pleasant path winds through the palaces and Sangiovanni Legari , the churches of St. Anthony and the Capuchins and the ancient cave settlement of Macurano and then continues a short distance from the village , towards the Marina and downtown Novaglie Montesardo , ancient fortified village . A deep-rooted tradition attributes the foundation of the city of Alessano to Alexius I Comnenus , Byzantine Emperor , but there are no documents that allow you to certainly shed light on the origins of the city. They were certainly the Normans Alessano to assign a prominent role throughout the Capo di Leuca that will keep for a long time . It is at this time that, in all likelihood , the city became a bishopric remained so until 1818. Between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries Alessano lived his peak season . Under the lordship of important noble families ( Della Ratta , Del Balzo , the De Capua and finally Gonzaga ) , the city became an important trading center , attracting wealthy families also Venetian traders and a small Jewish community (which had a synagogue in via della Giudecca) . The urban fabric is arrichi' of valuable buildings in Renaissance style that you can still admire and around the ducal court , flourished a remarkable literary movement . Subsequently the center declined , until gradually lose the position of pre-eminence . The old village of Montesardo with its characteristic position of natural fortress , has origins that are lost in the mists of time. Have recently been discovered traces of important era structures messapica ( remains of the walls of the fourth century BC , tombs, foundations of buildings ) showing that already at that time, this was a settlement of considerable size. On documents from the Roman era Mons arduus , meaning Steep Mountain , is marked on the route of the Via Traiana. In the Middle Ages it was the seat of important schools of mathematics and music . After the fall of the empire was always used as a fortress , with its massive ramparts and a solid circle of walls with towers , in which he opened four ports : port the Earth , brings Nova, Castle door and I closed the door , which however, were torn down in 1867. Among its illustrious citizens , Alessano includes Francis Storella ; Caesar Rao, philosopher and physicist valiant ; painters and Aniello Oronzo Letizia ; sculptors Placido Buffelli and Emanuele Orphan ; the philosopher and musician Jerome Baldumo Gervasio Melcarne (both Montesardo ) ; Oronzo the naturalist Gabriel Costa and the Bishop Don Tonino Bello .

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE ISOLA DI SANT'ANDREA E LITORALE DI PUNTA PIZZO

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE ISOLA DI SANT'ANDREA E LITORALE DI PUNTA PIZZO  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LITORALE DI PUNTA PIZZO E ISOLA DI SANT'ANDREA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
29 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Capilungo, Torre San Giovanni, Specchia
  Brochure PDF
If you think Gallipoli is only 20 km of the coast, crowded with bathing establishments equipped and super fashion (day and night), you are wrong. There is much more: over 700 hectares occupied by the Regional Natural Park of Sant'Andrea Island and the coast of Punta Pizzo, established in 2006. An oasis of peace and unspoiled nature, a hidden corner and away from the busy nightlife of Gallipoli. Indeed, there are two protected areas: the island of St. Andrew, about a mile from the historic center, and the stretch of coast south of town Li Fogg, Tip of the Swine and Torre del Pizzo. The first area exclusive is to be contemplated from afar, standing on the ancient limestone island that houses the old city. Or Go to her, taking advantage of boat trips organized to observe closely and take those 50 acres where the special guest is the gull, a rare species that nests here. But it is not the only inhabitant of today: there is the famous lighthouse, this by the end of 1800 and renovated several times. In the past, however, there were grazing their flocks, thanks to an ancient source of fresh water. If you set the right focus, however, will not escape, of course, not even the traces of settlements dating back to the Bronze Age. Continue, then, to admire the beauty of rare by visiting Gallipoli on the coastal road from Suda takes you to the pearl of the Ionian, following the signs for Lido Pizzo. The coast is indented, a mixture of sand and rocks, and in the background there is a dense pine forest populated by plants typical of the Mediterranean, we are in Punta Pizzo, formerly defended by a garrison Bourbon, still visible. For the holidays unique, therefore, come here!

SPECCHIA

SPECCHIA  Apri
Loc. SPECCHIA LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
12 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Alessano, Morciano di Leuca, Contrada Guardiola
The town of Mirror , is situated in the heart of Salento, midway between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea . This village is situated at 131 meters above sea level , on a small hill at the foot of the Serra Magnone almost completely planted with olive trees and organized in terraces of dry stone walls of containment. The territory of the municipality lies between 97 and 189 meters above sea level and is characterized by the typical rural buildings of pajare . The municipality includes the town of Cardigliano , an agricultural village built during the fascist era (1930) for the processing of tabacco.La dominant position on a hill , in a flat area , and the distance from the sea ( protected from Saracen raids ) led to an exponential growth of population in the Middle Ages . Some news about the housing settlement of Mirror dating back to the Norman period and the beginning of the feudal age . Like all countries of Salento was a feudal possession of many families , the Orsini Del Balzo to Ligorio , until August 2, 1806, the date of subversion feudalita'.L ' original layout of the mother church , dedicated to the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, dating back the fifteenth century. The current Latin cross is the result of a series of renovations and expansions occurred between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. In the beginning was the building consists of a nave , with NS orientation , which corresponds to the transept. In 1605, the apse was built in blocks of local stone finely carved , and the altar of the Annunciation , also in stone, in the Baroque style .

SANTA CESAREA TERME

SANTA CESAREA TERME  Apri
Loc. SANTA CESAREA TERME LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
28 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Ortelle, Castro, Porto Badisco
The waters of Santa Cesarea Terme belong to the group of Salty - bromo - iodine - sulphurous - fluorinated and are a natural asset of the most important medical hydrology because of highly active therapeutic point of view . Health center and stay inhabited since the beginning of the century , Santa Cesarea Terme today has every right in the list of spas and resorts of the south -equipped and more competitive. The spa company in recent years has been directed toward choices of qualification in the field of science and structural matters for some years on the collaboration with several universities and research institutes that have guided the choices of innovative spa . The inhalation center is now equipped with a good structure and equipped with modern equipment for diagnostics and aerosol , inhalations, sprays that provide maximum therapeutic efficacy. The old mud - balneotherapy treatment , completely renovated, allows for a more comfortable performing the treatment. The saline waters - bromine and iodine - sulphurous - fluorinated are the most active ever in diseases of the upper and lower respiratory tract : rhinitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis , tracheitis, tonsillitis, adenoiditis , chronic bronchitis and pulmonary emphysema . In adults , the elderly and especially in child therapy with inhaled saline waters - bromine and iodine - sulphurous - fluorine is able to fundamentally solve the state determines that lack of defenses , especially in the winter months , the recurrence of diseases of the respiratory respiratory favored also by the increasingly widespread phenomenon of air pollution. The sulphurous gas that is released from the waters of Santa Cesarea is used for the prevention and treatment of one of the most frequent causes of deafness : the deafness . For diseases of the musculoskeletal waters of Santa Cesarea Terme, have an indication privileged are treated in fact localized and diffuse arthritis , back pains and muscle , sequelae of trauma and surgery . In the name of these waters appears bromine , an element that is recognized by medical science a sedative effect : the use of these waters in the form of bath in the form of fatigue and stress accompanied by agitation and insomnia, finds its proper application. For some years water and mud , properly adjusted , are also used in a modern medical aesthetic center , where we try to give an answer to the increasingly insistent demand for attention to their external image .

LA GROTTA DELLA ZINZULUSA

LA GROTTA DELLA ZINZULUSA  Apri
Loc. GROTTA ZINZULUSA, PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE COSTA OTRANTO - S.MARIA LEUCA - BOSCO TRICASE - PUGLIA  Navigatore
24 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Ortelle, Santa Cesarea Terme, Poggiardo
The Zinzulusa is a natural cave coast, which lies along the Salento coast between Castro, Santa Cesarea Terme. Surrounding waters are adapted for swimming, and much appreciated for their cleanliness and limpidezza.La name of the cave comes from the dialect word Zinzuli, rags, and is caused by karst formations, particularly stalactites hanging from the ceiling as if they were rags hanging. The formation of the cave, which took place for sea erosion, is traced back to the period of Pliocene.Fu Bishop of Castro, Antonio Francesco del Duca, in 1793, to discover it. However, the first studies began only 150 years later, in 1950, and was opened to the public in 1957. The cave is divided into three parts: (input) - is characterized by a great variety and quantity of stalactites and stalagmites that have a striking resemblance to objects. In this area, through a long corridor called Wonderland is a small lake of clear water mixed with fresh marine infiltration, called Trap. (crypt) - the cave continues with a large cavity called the Crypt or The Cathedral, characterized by smooth walls as high as 25 meters; this part of the cave seems to date back to the Cretaceous. The cave was populated by a large number of bats, which had covered with their pings, for 5, 7 meters. The guano, solid and on which it was possible to walk, was lifted in the 1940s by workers who also created the interior walkways, now used for tourist visits. There remain a few dozen bats in the cave, leaving the night. (bottom) - this is the end of the cave, which reaches up to 160 meters beyond the entrance, which is also formed in Cretaceous rocks, and is home to the small enclosed basin of Cocytus. The waters are characterized by a stratification: in the lower part are hot and brackish while on the surface are sweet and cold. The cave has other basins entirely submerged, explored up to 250 meters from the entrance.

CANNOLE

CANNOLE  Apri
Loc. CANNOLE LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
38 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Palmariggi, Melpignano, Borgagne
Cannock , country of ancient Terra d' Otranto, Province of Lecce today , has a territory of 70% for the cultivation of olive trees , which produce an oil of excellent quality. It enjoys a lovely location with an endless horizon from the sea , which is split up into naked eye outside of the ' extended valley of olive trees. Its origins are uncertain, there are two hypotheses : according to the first , following the Arab invasion of Salento At 885, a Moor, captain of the Saracens, for strategic reasons he decided to deploy its troops in an area rich in reeds where stood the house of Canola ( Cannock ) . The second hypothesis takes the birth of the village around 1100 , at the time of the Norman William the Bad , who swooping in Terra d'Otranto , put to the sword many villages. Some families to escape the fury took refuge in the reeds where now stands the town. If there are few certainties about the origins , secure feedback we have on native vegetation, as evidenced by the representation of a cane on the coat of arms . An activity that has brought the name of Cannock around Italy and abroad, is the musical folklore . In this sense , a thank you goes to the Folk Group in 2000 that 25 years is testimony through his own songs ( as many as 200 texts ) of the return to the origins , traditions, issues of Salento.

SANTA CESAREA TERME

SANTA CESAREA TERME  Apri
Loc. SANTA CESAREA TERME LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
28 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Ortelle, Castro, Porto Badisco
Santa Cesarea Terme is an Italian town of 3,027 inhabitants of the province of Lecce in Puglia. Located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula , at the mouth of the Strait of Otranto, is one of the major tourist centers of Salento. It is a hydrothermal station . The territory of the municipality of Santa Cesarea Terme , which occupies an area of 26.66 km ˛ in the eastern part of the province of Lecce , is between 0 and 129 meters above sea level . It has a flat morphology inside, with expanses of olive trees, and a high and rugged coastline with cliffs, caves and coves . The town of Santa Cesarea Terme is perched on a ledge of the cliff overlooking the Strait of Otranto and is crossed by the coastal road between Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca. The area is characterized by the presence of thermal springs of sulphurous water - salt- bromoiodiche that flow at a temperature of 30 ° in four caves called Gattulla , Solfurea , Fetid and Solfatara . Since October 2006, part of its territory falls within the Park Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca and Tricase Forest established by the Apulia Region in order to safeguard the east coast of Salento , rich in precious architectural monuments and important plant and animal species . Wet to the east by the Ionian Sea , bordered to the north by the municipalities of Otranto and Uggiano the Church , to the west with the municipalities of Minervino di Lecce and Chiusi, south with the municipalities of Ortelle and Castro . From a meteorological perspective Santa Cesarea Terme falling within the territory of Salento, which has a Mediterranean climate , with mild winters and hot humid summers . Based on the average reference , the average temperature of the coldest month , January, amounts to about +9 ° C, while that of the warmest month , August, is about 35.1 ° C. Average annual rainfall , which are around 676 mm , have a minimum in spring and summer and a peak in autumn-winter . Referring to the wind , the municipalities of Salento weakly affected by the current Western thanks to the protection given by the Serre Salentine creating a tem to shield. By contrast, the current autumn and winter from the South -East , aimed in part the increase in precipitation, in this period, compared to the rest of the peninsula.

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LITORALE DI UGENTO

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LITORALE DI UGENTO  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LITORALE DI UGENTO, UGENTO LE, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
17 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Capilungo, Gallipoli, Specchia
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The Regional Natural Park Coast of Ugento, established by LR 13 of 28 May 2007, represents one of the most interesting and valuable of the Salento Peninsula, to the value of nature, history and landscape. The park covers approximately 1600 hectares and is characterized by a high variety of natural environments. We recognize, proceeding from the sea inland, the coastal strip of sandy and rocky, wet dune environments, those marsh and wooded areas, Mediterranean scrub and olive groves. Characteristic elements of the park are its basins, located behind dell'arenile made since the 30s of last century to reclaim the extensive swamps that characterized this part of the coast.

BAIA DEI TURCHI

BAIA DEI TURCHI  Apri
Loc. OTRANTO LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
41 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area , Otranto, Cannole
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The bay of the Turks , a few kilometers north of Otranto, is the place where , according to tradition, the landing of the Turkish warriors during the siege of the town of Otranto in the fifteenth century ( Battle of Otranto) . Sandy and unspoiled , the bay belongs to the prestigious Oasis Alimini Lakes nature reserve , one of the most important ecotems of Salento and Puglia.La Turchi Bay and the area of the lakes Alimini are classified as a Site of Community Importance (SCI ) . In January 2007, the Italian Environmental Fund (FAI) has entered the bay of the Turks among the top 100 places to save in Italy (thanks to the reports received on the occasion of the third edition of the Places of the Heart ) . In January 2009 , on the occasion of the new census , the FAI announced that the reports received have led the bay of the Turks on the 12th national ranking ( first in the Puglia region ) in the ranking of sites cuore.Chiunque comes in Salento , both for short period and long stays during the hot summer , can not refrain from visiting Otranto , with good reason among the most beautiful seaside resorts of the peninsula. Reach the beautiful resort town of Otranto, overlooking the Adriatic coast of Salento, is very simple, it is sufficient to take the highway 16 that reaches from Lecce Jerseys and diverting its path at right angles, pointing straight towards the Adriatic Sea. Follow state highway 16 means totally immersed in the Salento countryside characterized mainly by olive trees , cultivation in the final stretch that leads to Palmariggi Otranto invades the view from both sides of the roadway , giving the impression of traveling a real tunnel between the ulivi.Raggiunta Otranto along the curves from the main road down to the sea , the view will be captured by the beautiful historic center of the country, characterized by whitewashed houses on which stands the bell tower of the cathedral that stands in the blue of the Adriatic almost to suggest the idea for a postcard. There will be time to visit Otranto , the rest of the evening with its historic center illuminated , acquires a particular charm . We are now looking straight north, taking the coast road from Otranto in order to Alimini Bear Tower and then to San Cataldo. After the sports field of Otranto abandon the coast road to go down a country lane paved mail to our left , indicated by a road sign with the word bicycle route

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE COSTA OTRANTO - S.MARIA LEUCA - BOSCO TRICASE

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE COSTA OTRANTO - S.MARIA LEUCA - BOSCO TRICASE  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE COSTA OTRANTO - S.MARIA LEUCA - BOSCO TRICASE, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
12 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Alessano, Castrignano del Capo, Patů
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Leuca, Otranto along the axis, passing through the forest of Tricase, a coast to coast moving between nature art and culture With over fifty miles of coastline and 3,200 hectares of land is the largest of the regional parks established in the province of Lecce. A road of a thousand bends is the historic backbone of the breathtaking landscape; by terraced olive groves to the cliffs overlooking the sea a natural spectacle all to learn and retain, even in its most secret corners. No coincidence here, where the last part of the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea gives way, makes a great Protected Area, established by regional law in 2006 and became part of the network of nature reserves and parks of Salento; a long strip of land between two historic bastions of the coast: Torre del Serpe, an old lighthouse of Roman origin, place of legendary events narrated by Maria Corti in The siren song, opens the door of the Park, in the most ad east of Italy (Palasci'a) and directs us in an exciting journey into the beautiful creeks, pastures, pine forests, olive groves and deep gullies up to the mighty beacon of Leuca, then finishing in the Finis terrae, where even Italy and ends looks over to another continent.

CASTRO

CASTRO  Apri
Loc. CASTRO LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
26 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Castro, Santa Cesarea Terme, Poggiardo
The Municipality of Castro is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula and is made from the town major , who stands on a slight promontory ( Casciu de susu ) , and from the sea , Castro Marina precisely ( castru de sutta ) , who was born instead around the harbor of the country. The origins of the village are important and ancient : its name derives from the greek word , meaning fortified place ; the name in Roman times bought a Latin declension and became Castrum Minervae for the presence of a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva . A must see while visiting Castro is the Aragonese Castle which dates back to the twelfth century and that, throughout history , has always been an important territory for the defense : it was partially destroyed in 1480 when , after the sacking of Otranto Castro was invaded by the Turks , and rebuilt during the 1500s through the work of a local noble family . Today, the castle has been completely restored , it houses the Museo Civico Antonio Lazzari with a permanent archaeological exhibit Castrum Minervae : between Greeks and Messapians , which is composed of numerous archaeological finds in the historical center and in the area surrounding the village . The most important religious building in the village is the Church of the Annunciation, built in the twelfth century, probably on the ruins of an ancient greek temple . For nature lovers , however, will be a must visit to the Park of the Oaks , a small wooded area of great interest because of the fact that hosts one of the last forests of oak in the coastal strip that goes from Otranto to Leuca : the the park is also equipped with a play area for children and a picnic area for groups and families . Finally, the caves are beautiful from the coast to the hinterland forward , the Blue Grotto , the cave Palombara Romanelli cave and the cave Zinzulusa : this is one of the most famous and important events in the coastal karst Italian and subject to scientific study for the rare species of crustaceans that inhabit it .

CASTRIGNANO DEL CAPO

CASTRIGNANO DEL CAPO  Apri
Loc. CASTRIGNANO DEL CAPO - PUGLIA  Navigatore
7 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Patů, Morciano di Leuca, Contrada Guardiola
Castrignano Cape is situated in the extreme south of the Salento peninsula , with its town of Julian and Salignano , where are shown the Feudal Castle and the beautiful Tower . Handicrafts and typical products of Salento characterize this village , whose reputation is due to the town of Santa Maria di Leuca. In fact, visit the Salento without being in Santa Maria di Leuca is like giving a piece of art to admire . From the promontory of Leuca white seem to see the meeting between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea and the spectacular Basilica De Finibus Terrae , it almost seems to be on the outer edge of the earth. Towards the wide promenade of flowering oleanders down the gardens of the nineteenth-century mansions , the Art Nouveau style , mixed with Moorish motifs , with turrets and gazebos turcheschi . Dall'attrezzato harbor of Leuca depart daily boats of fishermen and tourists headed to the caves of the Giants, the Nativity , the Devil and the Dragon lining and grace its shoreline. The presence of man in the last flap of the Italian peninsula wedged between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic , dates back to the Bronze Age . Of that period are , in fact, the archaeological remains found in the various excavations, started by Ulderico barrels in 1871 and completed by the University of Lecce almost a century later. Lila was also stage of a long journey which he made in the direction of St. Peter's in Rome , stopping right in the old village . Since then, the temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva , on the headland japigeo , became a place of Christian worship.

TERRE D'OTRANTO DOP

TERRE D'OTRANTO DOP  Apri
Loc. OTRANTO LE, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
39 Km from LA COLLINETTA
Altitude: 20 mt. a.s.l.  Area , Porto Badisco, Minervino di Lecce
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For many years, the European Community and its Member States implement a policy to protect and enhance the quality products with certification of origin. This is to ensure consumers about the authenticity and origin of what is placed on the national and international market, but also to stimulate the operators of various agri-food sectors to invest in production of value, taking into account the environmental heritage of each country. The extra virgin olive oil is guaranteed and marketed with the DOP (Protected Designation of Origin), in implementation of EC Reg. No. 2081/92. The Community legislation is intended to protect those agricultural products and foodstuffs whose characteristics are essentially or exclusively due geographical environment with its natural and human factors, and the production, processing and preparation at the place of origin. To produce the olive oil DOP Terra d'Otranto, observe the rules of the relevant production regulations, which came into force with the DM of 6 August 1998, subjecting the company, during the different phases of olive processing (production, processing and packaging), the checks of a supervisory body outside. This body is identified and legitimized the exercise of the inspection by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The certification campaign 2004/2005, for the PDO TERRA D'OTRANTO, has been appointed the Chamber of Commerce of Lecce.

PALMARIGGI

PALMARIGGI  Apri
Loc. PALMARIGGI LECCE, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
35 Km from LA COLLINETTA
  Area Cannole, Minervino di Lecce, Melpignano
Palmariggi is an ancient town of Salento central-eastern, inland idruntino. It is located on a hill 99 meters above sea level and is close to Otranto, so as to preserve historical memories related to the city of martyrs. Mostly flat with slight increases stony (belonging to the so-called greenhouse Salento), has an area of 8.78 square kilometers and has a population of about 1,800 inhabitants. Palmariggi is surrounded by a countryside full of olive trees, stone walls, pajare, menhirs, stone churches, caves with frescoes Basilian, farms and underground presses. The karst nature of the terrain is characterized by the presence of vore (natural chasms), as the sinkhole Madonna del Monte, near the Serra Montevergine. Thanks to its favorable climate and fertile soil, the crops are flourishing especially olive and wheat, while the cultivation of tobacco, once very strong, has been fading over time.

Excursions and attractions in PUGLIA close to MORCIANO DI LEUCA Morciano di Leuca Patů Castrignano del Capo: 'SAN CASSIANO'   'BAIA DELL'ORTE'   'MORCIANO DI LEUCA'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE PORTO SELVAGGIO E PALUDE DEL CAPITANO'   'MINERVINO DI LECCE'   'TORRE SUDA'   'POGGIARDO'   'PORTO BADISCO'   'PATU'   'MELPIGNANO'   'CORIGLIANO D'OTRANTO'   'ALESSANO'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE ISOLA DI SANT'ANDREA E LITORALE DI PUNTA PIZZO'   'SPECCHIA'   'SANTA CESAREA TERME'   'LA GROTTA DELLA ZINZULUSA'   'CANNOLE'   'SANTA CESAREA TERME'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LITORALE DI UGENTO'   'BAIA DEI TURCHI'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE COSTA OTRANTO - S.MARIA LEUCA - BOSCO TRICASE'   'CASTRO'   'CASTRIGNANO DEL CAPO'   'TERRE D'OTRANTO DOP'   'PALMARIGGI'  

PUGLIA


Le Puglie, the Italian name of this region, is in the plural form and, in fact, this is a place that conceals many souls. The 'heel' of the boot, Apulia , as it is known in English, is,an enchanting region that lays amid nature, history, tradition, gusto and spirituality, to be visited all year round. Sea lovers can take their pick, choosing between the cliffs of Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca, the meeting point between the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea, or Gallipoli, the 'Gem of Salento' and the Gargano, the 'Spur of Italy', jutting out to the clear sea water that guards the beautiful Tremiti Islands. Nature is again the protagonist in the Murgia National Park and the Gargano National Park with its wild Umbrian forest, its salt pans and lakes, the deep ravines of Laterza and the wide dolines of Altamura, which distinguish the hinterland of the region with their charming sceneries. To those who want to plunge into history, Apulia offers a wide range of places that tell the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Magna Graecia, from the Imperial Age to the Renaissance and the baroque splendour of Lecce and the Salento area. The provinces of the region are: Bari (regional capital), Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto.