Manduria and Maruggio in Salento, Puglia
20 km far from Torre Ovo, rises the small city of Manduria, famous for the production of olive oil and wine (Primitivo di Manduria DOC). City of the misterious people of Messapians, it conserves the majestic walls dating from the Vth to IIIrd century b.C. There are testimonies of a more ancient past in the archaeological park and in many necropolis excavated in the rock. Its coastal strip includes some of the most famous bathing centres like S. Pietro in Bevagna and Torre Colimena, where the clear blue sea hides seabeds rich in fauna, flora and archaeological remains. You cannot miss the Fonte Pliniano, roman pit from which it’s misteriously still growing an almond tree from centuries.
Maruggio, located between Manduria and the Jonian Sea, surrounded by “trulli”, olive groves, vineyards and a crystalline sea, offers a remarkable historical and artistic heritage like the Chiesa Madre, St Mary of Graces Church and its cloister, Commander and Armieri palaces, dating from the XVIIth century. You can admire on the coast the lookout towers of Ovo, Moline and Borraco not far from the famous and wonderful beaches of Campomarino.