An elegant village about 20 km south of Lecce, Corigliano D’Otranto is famous for its historic center dotted with buildings adorned with precious embroidery, courtyards and gardens. The village is located in the heart of Salento, just 15 km from the Adriatic coast (Otranto).
Worthy of note is the Arco Lucchetti in vico Freddo, a lace with oriental decorations and religious symbolism, while the flagship is the majestic Castello De ‘Monti, also renamed Castello Volante, born in the 11th century, an important fortress in the 16th century, with a square plan with 4 powerful circular towers and a large moat. Its spaces, from the ancient stables to the terraces, are revived today thanks to the numerous exhibitions, reviews, concerts and shows.
Wrongly made to derive from the word “heart”, the name of the village comes from Corelius, the centurion to whom the territory would have been assigned in Roman times.
The territory was inhabited by protohistoric civilizations, testified by the megalithic remains of dolmens and menhirs. The foundation of the town is uncertain and could date back to the period of Magna Graecia, the Roman period or even the pre-Roman period with the Messapi. The urban fabric of the historic center remains from the Roman period.
The Basilian monastery of San Giorgio, built in the 9th century and in which a school of Greek language and Byzantine culture was active, contributed to the development of the small town, which left numerous Greek codes, now kept in important libraries.
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