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08 November 2017

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Around our Masseria… what to see

Despite being immersed in the tranquility of 1,500 square miles of olives trees and cultivated land with wheat, Masseria Palombara is conveniently near the beautiful beaches of Pescoluse, which you can reach either on foot or by bike and enjoy a splendid landscape.

You can spend some quality time relaxing (reading in the shade of a pine forest) and having fun (dancing in the disco or taking part in the cheerful and varied typical Salento festivals).

Just as stimulating are the boat excursions that will let you experience our wonderful sea with its splendid grottoes near the coast. You will never forget swimming in these crystal clear waters. You might as well visit the small villages that are located close at hand and wander through the old roads and the court houses that recall the ancient beauty of Salento.

The position is so convenient that it is easy to reach places of greatest interest.

Santa Maria di Leuca …

In Santa Maria di Leuca (only 10 minutes by car) you can visit the Shrine, the Lighthouse (where you can see the Ionian and the Adriatic Seas “meet”), the “Ciolo”, Punta Ristola and several villas. Moreover, you can reach the “Breathing Grotto” and the “Grotto of the Three Doors” by boat.

Gallipoli …

Gallipoli (20 minutes by car) is divided into two areas: the new town and the old town, where you can find a lot of civil and religious buildings, like Basilica of Sant’Agata, the Diocesan Museum and the Town Hall.

Otranto…

Otranto (40 minutes by car), the easternmost  point of Italy, is skirted by Baia dei Turchi that is part of the stunning protected area of “Lake Alimini”. South of Otranto, near Baia dell’Orte, is located the Bauxite Lake, which is a quarry for the extraction of bauxite, a mineral alluminium is obtained from. Near Piazza Castello you can find Castello Aragonese (dating back to the 15th century) from which it was possible to sight ships and enemy fleets.

Lecce …

The city of Lecce (50 minutes by car) is mainly a baroque city which was given the name of capital of the “Barocco Leccese” thanks to the variety of decorations that embellish the facades of buildings and the intense colours of “Pietra Leccese” (a soft and compact limestone with warm, golden colors).

The historical center is full of examples of how this stone was used on monuments, churches but also balconies and terraces of private homes. Walking through the streets of the old town you can admire: first of all the majesty of Piazza Sant’Oronzo (the main square) whose flooring is adorned with a mosaic depicting a she-wolf under a holm oak tree, a crown with 5 towers as well as the city’s coat of arms; the 16th century Palazzo del Duomo and the Basilica of Santa Croce; Piazza del Duomo with its majestic side facade of the Cathedral and its Bell Tower. The most important testament of the Roman Era is the Amphitheatre built in the 2nd century A.D. to entertain spectators with shows and games. Near Piazza Sant’Oronzo rises the “Castello Carlo V” that has played a defensive role for a long time, while today it is the seat of the local Department for Culture and its halls are used for cultural events, art exhibitions, food and wine events.