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San Foca

San Foca is a coastal town of Salento, part of the marina of Melendugno, of which it is a fraction, in the province of Lecce. It is located between Torre Specchia Ruggeri and Roca Vecchia, near the Adriatic Sea. Its marina is one of the most important of the coast between Brindisi and Otranto. Originally a fishing village, San Foca is becoming in recent years an important holiday resort during the summer. The coast in the territory of the marina is full of cliffs and is characterized by two sandy bays (to the north and south of the port). In the northern cove there are some rocks with characteristic shapes. Among the most famous: "li brigantini", "the rock of salt", "the rock of the eight" (because it resembles the number 8, but written horizontally).


Torre dell'orso

Torre dell'Orso is a seaside town of Salento, part of marina of Melendugno, in the province of Lecce. Known for its wide beach of fine silver-colored sand, Torre dell'Orso boasts a particularly limpid sea due to the currents of the Otranto Canal. Thanks to this characteristic in the summer the town is frequented by many tourists and has been repeatedly awarded with the Blue Flag of Europe for the transparency and cleanliness of the sea.



Lecce is an Italian city of 95,230 inhabitants, capital of the homonymous province of Puglia, comprising 97 municipalities and second province of the region by population with over 800,000 inhabitants, and third by territorial extension after those of Foggia and Bari. Almost central to the Salento peninsula, it is the center of a vast area comprising 31 municipalities of the northern part of the province. It’s located 11 kilometers from the Adriatic coast and 23 from the Ionian and it’s the capital of the easternmost province of Italy. Art city of Italy, it’s known as "The Florence of the South", "The Florence of the Rococo era" or "The Lady of the Baroque": the ancient Messapian origins and the archaeological remains of the Roman domination are in fact mixed with the wealth and the exuberance of the, typically seventeenth-century, baroque of the churches and palaces of the center, built in Lecce stone, a malleable limestone, very suitable for sculpting. The architectural development and decorative enrichment of the façades was particularly fruitful during the Kingdom of Naples and characterized the city in such an original way as to give rise to the definition of Lecce Baroque.



Otranto is an Italian town of 5,742 inhabitants in the province of Lecce in Apulia. Located near the Adriatic coast of the Salento peninsula, it is the easternmost municipality of Italy: the homonymous cape, also called Punta Palascìa, south of the town, is the easternmost geographic point of the Italian peninsula.



Gallìpoli, known as the Pearl of the Ionian, is an Italian town of 20,604 inhabitants in the province of Lecce in Apulia. The city, episcopal see since the 6th century AD, is located along the west coast of Salento, stretching out over the Ionian Sea, and is divided into two distinct areas: the historic center, which stands on an island of limestone, which has a circuit of about 1.5 km. and the new village, connected to the island by a brick bridge dating back to the seventeenth century that began to be built in 1837 on an area higher than that of the entire island, characterized by low houses and wide streets. To the west of Gallipoli there are the Island of Campo, the small island called "Li piccioni" and the island of Sant'Andrea which, completely flat, covers about 50 hectares.

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