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San Pietro in Bevagna and its Histosy

Located on the Ionian coast of Salento, this seaside resort stands out for its beaches, which are among the most enchanting and unspoiled in Salento. The soft white sand, combined with the lush Mediterranean vegetation, makes its coastline one of the most beautiful in the world. Unsurprisingly, it is the preferred destination for families with children and those seeking comfort.

A captivating legend surrounds the origin of San Pietro in Bevagna, linking it to the apostle Peter. It is said that in 44 AD, he was forced to land here due to a storm. Upon reaching the shore, Peter expressed his gratitude to God for saving him. However, being aware that he had denied the Lord, he shed so many tears that they gave birth to the Chidro river, which runs through San Pietro in Bevagna. Based on this ancient narrative, the inhabitants decided to name the place San Pietro in Bevagna.

A town of Messapic origins, as evidenced by the megalithic walls and the 2,500 tombs of the Archaeological Park found in the largest Messapic necropolis ever discovered. We recommend visiting the entire historic center dotted with narrow alleys, the Mother Church, the Jewish Quarter, and the many stately buildings rich in history; don't miss the Plinian Fountain, named after Pliny the Elder who described this well and the water source in his work Naturalis Historia.
Manduria is also synonymous with Primitivo di Manduria DOC, a wine famous worldwide and produced exclusively in this territory where there are numerous wineries offering wine tastings and guided tours.
Torre Colimena, Salina dei Monaci and Punta Prosciutto

Continuing along the coast and traveling a few kilometers by car, you can discover the picturesque seaside village of Torre Colimena, named after its historic watchtower dating back to the 1500s. Equally captivating is the Salina dei Monaci. These places, along with the Coastal Dunes, the Chidro River (a favorite spot for diving enthusiasts), the Palude del Conte, and the Cuturi and Rosa Marina woods, make up the Natural Park of the Eastern Taranto Coastline, stretching between the coast and the hinterland of Manduria.

Not far away, Punta Prosciutto stands out for its beach with pure white sand and crystal-clear shallow waters, ideal for young children. It is a destination loved not only by families but also by those who practice diving.

A shining example of the legacy of Magna Graecia, Taranto is known as the city bathed by two seas due to its location between the Mar Grande and the Mar Piccolo. Its strategic location has made it the protagonist of countless historical events. At the National Archaeological Museum Marta, it's possible to see the splendid Golds of Taranto, evidence of the refined local goldsmith art, and a vast collection of artifacts that tell the story of the region. The city boasts imposing religious architectures, among which the Cathedral of San Cataldo stands out, a result of the meeting between Romanesque and Baroque styles, and the church of San Domenico.

The link between the ancient city and the modern one is represented by two majestic structures: the stone bridge, built after the flood of 1883, and the swing bridge, inaugurated in 1887, which are genuine masterpieces of the engineering of the time.
Lecce, Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca

In the heart of Salento stands Lecce, a city renowned for the elegance and magnificence of its baroque architecture. The streets of its historical center are like an open-air museum, where one can admire intricate palace portals and imposing church facades, among which the majestic Basilica of Santa Croce stands out.
Otranto, also known as the city of the Martyrs, is another treasure of Salento. This place, steeped in history, art, and culture, is surrounded by lush nature and boasts beaches of rare beauty.
Lastly, located at the very tip of Puglia and Salento, we find Santa Maria di Leuca. Nicknamed De Finibus Terrae, meaning "at the ends of the earth", this city offers a unique natural spectacle: the point where the currents of the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea meet, creating a fascinating play of colors. In addition to this, the area is enriched by spectacular natural caves and the imposing sanctuary dedicated to it.
Valle d'Itria

If from San Pietro in Bevagna you fancy a slightly longer excursion, the Valle d'Itria represents an ideal destination, a true jewel in the heart of Puglia. This valley, intersected by the gentle hills of the Murgia, stands out for its landscape dotted with Trulli and ancient farmhouses, set amongst expansive vineyards and olive groves, all framed by characteristic dry-stone walls.
Venturing into this territory, one can discover gems like Alberobello, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Cisternino, and Ostuni, to name just a few. These villages, rich in charm, offer the chance to deeply immerse oneself in the local culture and its traditions. And the Valle d'Itria never disappoints from a gastronomic and cultural point of view, offering a wide range of delicacies and historical riches.
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