an oasis of greenery, called "Tre Petre", 700 meters as the crow flies from the sea, on the Ionian-Salento coast, a few kilometers from the well-known tourist resorts (S. Caterina, Gallipoli, S. Maria al Bagno) rises the residential complex "Villaggio Santa Rita" where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Salento land rich in history and traditions.
You are welcome throughout the year, to experience a weekend or a holiday in contact with nature.
You will be fascinated by this land that many describe in 5 ways ..
The red earth.
this will be one of the first elements that will hit you in the rural landscape of Salento. The ground is tinted with this intense and warm color, due to its particular composition, which is mainly found in aluminum and iron hydroxides, clay minerals, quartz components and so on.
Dry stone walls
These areas of red soil are generally bounded by low dry stone walls, or the first buildings appeared in the rural landscape of Salento, used to delimit the fields, properties and pastures. At first the rock was shattered and simply piled along the margins, while the dry stone walls subsequently assumed an increasingly linear and defined form, becoming a true art handed down from father to son for generations.
The olive trees
Twisted and twisted intertwined: they are one of the predominant elements of the rural landscape of this area of Italy. In all the Salento area there are about 50-60 million and many of these are centuries old, thanks to their characteristics are able to withstand centuries of wind, rain and hot Salento summers. Looking at them you will notice that they are all different and each one is characterized by particular shapes and plots that characterize them.
The pajare are houses dating back to the year 1000, built with stone and other materials easily found on site. They have a truncated cone shape, do not have windows and essentially provide an entrance and an external staircase. These homes were intended to accommodate for short the farmers engaged with the work in the fields. Many of these are still in perfect condition.
The dovecote towers
Do not exchange them for the traditional coastal towers, another very common element in the Salento area, scattered above all along the coast. The dovecote towers were born even in the Middle Ages, from the will of the local lords to offer a shelter for the breeding of pigeons, a symbol of prestige and elegance. These structures are generally low, with a round or square plant and characterized by numerous cells, as well as an internal spiral staircase. Currently many of them are ruined and around the territory there are about 80.
HOW TO REACH US:
By Car: Coming from the A-14 highway take the Bari Nord exit and continue along the Brindisi-Lecce highway until you reach the capital, from there continue on the Lecce-Gallipoli, after about 30 Km take the Galatone - S exit . Maria al Bagno - Villaggio Santa Rita and continue for about 2 km towards S. Maria al Bagno. For those coming from Taranto, in any case it is better to reach Brindisi and from there to Lecce because the road is more flowing.
By train: the reference station is Lecce, once you have arrived to reach the various destinations you have to take either the Ferrovie Sud-Est or the shuttle buses.
By Plane: the nearest airport is Brindisi Airport and is about 50 km from Lecce, also from here there are the buses that connect the airport with the capital.Get the full listing »