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If you think of Salento, the beach is bound to come to mind, but a fresh and interesting alternative is represented by its inland and Specchia, a village at the foot of the Serra Magnone, one of the highest points in the province of Lecce, and a destination not to be missed.

Of very ancient origins, the town prides itself on a historical centre to be discovered. The visit cannot fail to include the central Piazza del Popolo, overlooked by Risolo castle, built in the 16th century, which today is the venue for exhibitions, conferences and displays. Beneath the streets of Specchia, the via dei frantoi hypogei, built in the 15th-19th centuries, is well worth a visit. The Francescani Neri monastery, with the chapel of St Catherine inside and the crypt supported by 36 columns, is another place to visit.

There is never any shortage of extra virgin olive oil at the table, typical product of the area, obtained by cold-pressing Salento olives, yellow-green in colour with golden hues, and a fruity aroma reminiscent of fresh olives. The village of Specchia is energised by various events throughout the year, most notable being the Specchia Summer events between July and September.


73040 Specchia LE, Italia

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