The gateway to the park was an attempt to reunite the ancient city to the modern city, an opportunity to celebrate the importance of  archaelogical data in territorial urban development and also to metaphorically mark, in shape/and in composition the Main entrance to the city...

The Baronial Palace in Piazza Dante,is a structure that was built and periodically renovated between the 14th and 18th century, and houses the archaelogical museum. The visitor is welcomed with a giant poster, that represents the 3rd - 4th century B.C Messapian city walls of Vaste...

The park was founded in 2002, following the acquisition made by the City Council of Poggiardo, of hundreds of land hectares, that include ancient Vaste settlement, Βαῦστα in greek, Basta in latin...

The obliteration of the original site of «S. Maria de la Grotta» (Saint Mary of the Cavern) took place on order from Bishop Giorgio Rosa (George Rose) of Castro, between 1521 and 1530, for reasons and circumstances not known. It was not until 1929 when the crypt of Santa Maria degli Angeli...

The Church is characterized by a Basilican design, with three aisles divided by big quadrangular pillars, with three apse, while the lateral walls have a succession of shallow niches of irregular shape...

Arboretum Didactic is a naturalistic environmental area found in the museum system of Vaste and Poggiardo. It is located on the slopes of the Serra of Poggiardo, along the road known as “Strada vicinale Santi Stefani”...

I‘m a small natural oasis of three hectares along the old road that connects Poggiardo in Surano . Several decades ago it went from Marulli family to the municipal administration; I have long been the destination of many boys especially eager to play...

My story intersects with an old quarry of bauxite, the mineral from which we extract the iron; after mining has ended, leaving on the ground a blinding red, my land were converted to pine forest helping to create an almost surreal landscape for the contrast between the reddish color of the soil...

I was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, as a building for the exhibition of furniture and factory belonging to the Piccinno brothers. I was a cabinet-making factory, very renowned in those years, my furniture productions were very elegant and sophisticated, but most important...

The "Alca" Museum complex, hosted in Sticchi Palace in via Vittorio Emmanuele, since 1999, takes the name from a penguin fossil, l’Alca impennis, whose remains were found at Romanelli cave near Castro, and are now exposed in the museum, on the ground floor of the splendid building...

For many years I was hidden from the road surface it was something that enabled the preservation for centuries, of what transformed one of the most important products of our land, olives to liquid, silky and valuable form: Oil...

Located south-east on the outskirts of Maglie, I am 550 metres long and represent the main route of the ancient farm named "Delle Franite", connecting it to its land and the old street of Muro Leccese, today replaced by the provincial road...

I find myself in the center square of Maglie. Built by engineer Tommaso Piscopo which in 1874 gave the work to my old master, Senator Achille Tamborino...

Since 1957 I have returned, many of prehistoric pottery shards and flint flakes. Abundant and significant also found fossils within the rock fractures, related to hot weather wildlife, cold and steppe birds...

During the Middle Ages it was usually meet along my paths wayfarers and pilgrims, intent on reaching the Sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae...

The shades of my old oak trees provide coolness and a longer stay immersed in sounds and colours of nature. This is the Serra of Ruffano, Occhiazzi locality, an enchanting quarter characterized by secular olive trees, numerous “pajare” and rural shelters...

In medieval Pugliese itinerary, much importance was given to the pilgrimage towards the sanctuary of Leuca. After passing the territory of Supersano, passerbys found themselves stopping at the highest point of the district, la Madonna della Serra di Ruffano...

Constructed in 1621, I represent simplicity and beauty of the Franciscan way of life. The Baron Francesco Filomarino, a feudal lord of Ruffano from 1607 to 1626, contributed to my construction.A small door leads to a square cloister, made of arches leaning on thick pillars...

lose to the cemetry of Ruffano, unfolds a road of sheep tracks and pathways, that lead uphill towards the top, reaching a panoramic balcony overlooking the valley woodlands, covered in silver-colour by olive trees...

I am situated on the highlands of the valley of Casarano, locality of Manfio in the territory of Ruffano. The view stretches out towards a wide horizon, with a limpid atmosphere enabling a view of the sea of Gallipoli and marina of Ugento...

Situated on the highest point of the town, the castle (Barons residence)was built by the Brancaccio in 1626. It lacks of a defence system, but has architectural characteristics of a huge barons palace, an elegant dwelling...

I am one of the most fascinating and best conserved oil mills of my kind, proof of an underground Specchia,(town in Puglia), an oil based economy of a generous land, Salento, that has always made big sacrifices in exchange for its generosity...

My entrance is the same level as outside ground level. After a first wide room with a barrel vault, you then enter the hypogeum through a narrow staircase. Visible, in the hypogeum, are the remains of grinders, pressers from Genova with their oil containers and the sciave for the storage of oil.

My entrance is the same level as road surface. A wide staircase covered by a typical barrel vault ceiling leads to the hypogeum, where, you can admire three Calabrian pressers and various areas destined for the storage of olives and an area for the relax of workers, trappitari.

I am one of the sites of European community importance of Salento and entire Puglia. I cover an area of about 54ha to 160m.s.l on the Serre of Salento, that in this area is called Serra di Cardigliano...

I emerge from the inside of an old farm in Contrada Magnone, near a woodland characterized by the presence of pines, eucalyptus and oaks. Three important themes were developed in the halls: the rural civilization, the woodlands and the sources of renewable energy...

I am a Majestic building with a fortification that dominates  Piazza del Popolo, a 15th century construction that presents important restorations carried out by the Protonobilissimo marquis, feudal lords of Specchia between the 16th and the 17th century...

There was in Scorrano, in ancient times, the existence of two churches dedicated to Saint John, one in respective to the Baptist and the other to the evangelist, both built in piazza Municipio, the old town square. The exact date of their construction is not known. Historical references on them...

My history narrates the passage from a greek-byzantine rite to a Latin rite in the small town of Scorrano. The arrival of the Friars Minor of the convent in the 15th century was desired by the feudatory, Raimondina Centelles, subordinate to the Principality of Taranto...

This is an area that has experienced ups and downs in the past ten years of the 20th century, spoiling its aspect, hence the need for a joint force to make up for years of negligence and abandonment...

The convent was founded by the Friars Minor Conventuals in mid 15th century. Documentary evidence can be found on a list of convent foundations of 1464. The convent was for the first time destroyed in 1809, forcing the conventuals to abandon it...

In the 19th century, Cosimo De Giorgi, travelling through the province of Lecce made note of me in his Travel Images bringing to notice the modernization I sustained over the years. Giacomo Arditi instead thought I was a “grancìa” of the Carmelitan Convent...

Since the end ‘70s, I represent the municipal park of Miggiano, luxuriant green lung and part of the old woods that once extended towards the towns borders. Wood fences delimit the roads that pass amongst the trees, following a “way of life” between guided exercises...

I was born to host the most anticipated and prominent events from ancient Salento history. The first traces of the fair of Miggiano are long lost and tied to rituals of Greek and Latin origin based on big markets like the “Nundine” that were held every nine days in ancient Rome...

In the heart of the old town of Miggiano, I art and creativity. In a theater room it hosts workshops, courses and stage performances, promoting social inclusion, especially that for the benefit of disadvantaged groups...

I am the green lung of Songano, a tract of secular olives on the course(serre) that from Spongano slides towards Castiglione d’Otranto.It is narrated that here precisely, refugees from Vaste or from Castro took shelter and then founded the city of Spongano...

My name is “Mammanu”, from the nickname of the family I belonged to, in Leccese dialect, it refers to midwifery profession, la mammana.The name of the road where I am found, Borgo Orto Preti Street, refers, in the past, to the property of the parish authority...

Apart from housing the clock, I was in the past, head office to the Municipality of Spongano, where public matters where discussed as shown in ancient registers.My construction is dated to the 18th century, this date is engraved on one of the two pilasters, that overlook Carmine Street...

The supply of water has always come from wells, that draw water from natural underground aquifers, that form near impermeable layers. Rain water slowly corrodes calcareous rocks, on the outer surface as well as by seeping through the reticles, resulting over thousands of years...

Engineer Antonio Rini used to relax amongst these trees, brother to Doctor Gaetano, the eclectic owner of an eighteenth century palace that is found at the chapel of the Madonna del Carmine, along the same road...

The menhirs, vertical monoliths of different height, mostly, are not more than 5 metres tall, they are called “pietrefitte”, it is supposed that their use was religious or maybe tied to the rites of fertility...

Before I was bought by the City Council, I belonged to the De Donno Family. I develop on three floors: the hypogeum, the ground floor and the first floor.The hypogeum cavity, according to the land register Onciario of Cursi from 1745, was used as an oil mill, that belonged to Prince Cicinelli...

Built in the second half of the fifteenth century by Baron Philippe Antonio Maramonte as simple abode of the lord, I never had the appearance of a fortified structure.There were numerous architectural changes undertaken by several families who lived me. The facade has a four-column loggia...

In a hot summer, in 1955, while normal readjustment works were being done in Vico Bianco, I took the advantage to show myself to the modern public, and became centre of discussion in April 1957, when researchers declared that I was among the most interesting Basilian crypts of the province...

I was born in the year 2000, to safeguard, promote and enhance the physical culture of the caves and stone: I am the Leccese Stone Eco-museum. My purpose is aimed at techniques of extraction and processing, the methodology employed, caved and constructed territories...

Like other places of hypogeum cult being on the Salentino territory, my building is also inserted in the complex system of rupestrian homes that is part of the wide context of rural medieval settlements.I am very close to the Cito square...

I am found along Crocifisso street, on a light slope, in the same place as the ancient main church dedicated to San Cassiano. Its description is found in the pastoral visit of 1522 and in those of the first half of the 17th century, where its indicated as an ancient place...

The historical events involving me followed those of San Cassiano farmhouse. It is not known, if the old castle, probably represented by a structure with towers to defend the community, was founded in the same area as present day or in immediate proximity...

I was put as part of the urban regeneration project “Paduli Park among olives, stones and icons” adopted in 2011 by ten municipalities pertinent to the Park of the Paduli, and I represent the place in which experiments on multifunctional farming are being done “publically”, a new way of taking...

I am the physical infrastructure on which the concept of Multifunctional Agricultural Park of the Paduli is based.The recovery of my dense road network began with the objective of putting in connection, deteriorating rural areas situated in the park with small villages that form the surrounding...

Like what mostly happened to other noble palaces, I am the result of a various stratification building that was affected by feudal events that took place in the territory of Nociglia. My nature as “palazzo nobiliare” (noble palace) began as the enlargement of the fortified structure that had...

Like a casket I hide a treasure, the one and only historical centre of Nociglia.The style of my façade conforms to a 19th century taste that inspired the Baron Filippo Bacile of Castiglione in building the main Church of San Nicola in 1869...

The Mubo – Museum of the Woodlands – it is hosted inside Castle Manfredi, a historical building of medieval origin situated in the settlement of Supersano. The museum, which opened to the public in 2011, was created to tell the millenary history of an ecosystem that has largely...

I am found on one of the slopes of the Serra of Supersano, currently inside the municipal cemetery. Like other rupestrian churchs, I was carved into the limestone of Salento and over the centuries, the nude walls were painted with murals.The most ancient pictorial cycle that I keep was made...

The archaeological area of the locality of Scorpo is one of the sites of early medieval period, interestingly investigated in southern Italy in the last years. The settlement was discovered in 1999 following an unauthorized excavation, that profoundly dented a part of the structure of the site...

Ancient paths constituted by sheep tracks found along the Serra of "Mucurone", near the provincial road of Supersano – Casarano, representing a unique example; places very close to the crypt and sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Coelimanna, allowing the visit and rest for who would like to walk...

My story has followed the feudal events of the hamlet of Botrugno. The Maramonte, among the most powerful families of Terra d'Otranto, obtained the possession of the feud of Botrugno in the 8th century and kept it until the mid 17th century, uniting with other nobiliary families with whom they...

After years of abandonment, reduced to ruins, in the early 21st century I underwent extensive and radical restoration work. The exact date and reasons of my construction are not known, however I already existed in the second half of the 15th century, entitled to Saint Solomon...

They are stage in the halls of the former warehouses of the Palazzo Marchesale, dating from between 1200 and 1300. In this old historic home full of art with its rooms painted and its mosaics are created to stimulate knowledge of the history of the Italian armed forces...

I overlook IV Novembre Square, connecting in one road, San Donato street and Sant'Angelo street, connected to the present road Maglie - Santa Maria of Leuca and to the ancient path of the pilgrims headed towards the sanctuary of the Virgin Mary...

In ancient times, the countryside of Montesano was mostly covered with vineyards, symbol of a rural society and of an economy that once flourished but is now marginal.In the small town, nostalgic references to old times such as “de la vigna a menzu ‘a chiazza”...

I am on the main road of Montesano, which connects with the old mother church of San Donato sanctuary. My structure refers to the apse of the church hypothetical outdoors. It was made by Silvano Lecci, master mason montesanese, example of the ability of an ancient family of builders...

I have a Basilical plant, four pillars divide my body in three aisles each ending in apses.I was built with accurately squared local stone ashlars, a typical technique of structures of Salento built around the 12th century.I have two entrances, a lateral one that opens on the southern flank...

Perhaps my origins date back to the fifteenth century, and in spite of the important changes that have undergone over time, it seems that my original appearance has not been changed. I represent a quadrangle of curtain walls with square towers at the top, defining a two-story structure in which...

Most of the “Università” (University), or the ancient town municipalities became City Councils after the arrival of the French, towards the late 18th century, who made legislative changes in the social and civil system of southern Italy...

Neither the hand nor the exact date of my construction are known however the title of “Madonna di Leuca” and my geographic location make my function clear, as a place of rest and refreshment for the pilgrims who once travelled many kilometres on foot headed towards the sanctuary...

I find myself in the reference area of the Agricultural Park Multifunctional of Paduli. Owned by the town of Surano, although the agro is to Nociglia, they are inserted in the interconnections of the park system...

Dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, adjacent to the Church dedicated to the saint, constructed on authorization by the Archbishop of Otranto, Diego Lopez De Andrada of the Hermits of Saint Augustin, I was erected by the Reformed Fathers in the 17th century (1624-1628)...

I am a megalithic structure constructed thousands of years ago, one of the most representative prehistoric monuments of the territory of Salento. Immersed in the countryside, from where I get my name, I am characterized by a horizontal limestone slab of 3.80 x 2.50metres, raised about...

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