A small town in the Grecìa Salentina, Calimera is one of the municipalities where grìko, a local dialect of Greek derivation, is still spoken. The town, with about 6 thousand inhabitants, is 16 km far from Lecce.
Among the beauties to visit in Calimera, we point out the baroque Mother Church dedicated to San Brizio with an unusual painting of the Madonna della Misericordia in which the Virgin is depicted during pregnancy; a few steps away there is the House Museum of Peasant Civilization and Grika Culture. Outside the city, immersed in the woods, there is the Natural History Museum of Salento which is also a recovery center for wildlife and sea turtles.
Typical of the place is the ritual that is practiced on Easter Monday in the church of S. Vito with the passage in the “stone of fertility”, a monolith with a hole that is crossed as a sign of rebirth.
The debate on the origin of the name is controversial and according to an interpretation it derives from the Greek Καλημέρα (Kalimèra), which means good morning or, according to some scholars, beautiful district (καλλά μερέα, kallá meréa).
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