Protected area Baia Mulino d'acqua

The bay of Mulino d'acqua is a crystal-clear stretch of water set in a small natural inlet with a sandy seabed and sloping sea that leads to a naturally formed white sandy beach.
Tale paradisiaco spettacolo della natura è ammirabile dalla struttura Mulino d’Acqua che più di 40 anni ha costruito proprio a ridosso della piccola spiaggia ed in passato ne permetteva l’accesso attraverso un suggestivo passaggio scavato nella roccia proprio dalla Struttura.

Preserving the environment

Since 2013, the Municipality of Otranto has adopted, as along much of the Otranto coast, safeguard measures prohibiting access to the bay, a prohibition to which Mulino d'Acqua has complied.

Otranto & Lecce

The history of Otranto

Otranto is the easternmost city in Italy, a particular topographical condition that has brought it considerable advantages but also disadvantages over the centuries. Recent archaeological discoveries show that Otranto retains some of the earliest evidence of relations with Aegean populations.

Tracce di insediamenti, che risalgono ad un periodo che va dal XIII al XI d.C., sono state rinvenute nei pressi della chiesetta di San Pietro nel pieno centro storico della città. La posizione, prettamente favorevole per gli scambi commerciali, ha permesso ad Otranto il contatto con il mondo ellenico e questo ha comportato una evoluzione più rapida del popolo idruntino. Ne è prova l’importante ipogeo delle Cariatidi di Vaste risalente alla seconda metà del IV secolo a.C.

The Cathedral

Right in the centre of the old town, stands one of the architectural wonders not only of Otranto, but of the whole of Salento: the Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata.
It is not just a church or a place of worship that is beautiful to see and admire, but an extraordinary historical testimony to the life of the city, an artistic treasure of absolute value, and also a symbol of Christianity because of the events that took place within its walls. 

In fact, the Cathedral dates back to the second half of the year 1000, and was built on the ancient remains of Messapian, Roman and early Christian villages. It has also suffered numerous assaults and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. One episode above all is certainly the Turkish invasion of 1480, during which one of the saddest pages for the city was written: inside the cathedral, in fact, the faithful and members of the clergy who took refuge within these walls to escape the attack were massacred. The Christian site was defrauded and turned into a mosque, and the artistic treasures it contained were destroyed, until the church and the whole city were liberated by the Aragonese.

The mosaics of the Cathedral

The true jewel of the Cathedral's interior is the floor mosaic: a work of art of absolute value, astounding beauty and great significance. The masterpiece, created by the monk Pantaleone and completed in 1164, depicts the tree of life and the passages from the Old Testament, which tell of man's journey to rid himself of sin and seek eternal salvation. The 'actors' in the mosaic are therefore Adam and Eve, but also other characters and numerous animals, each of course with their
own symbolic load.

Bay dei Turchi

It is said that it was here, back in 1480, that the Turkish soldiers who came to occupy Salento soil and invade the splendid town of Otranto landed. After all, the name of this place already explains everything: the Bay of Turks.


It is rightly considered the capital of Baroque. A style that has achieved a high degree of originality and exuberance thanks to the skill with which local architects and stonecutters work the soft, malleable local pink stone.
The city was founded by the Messapians and in the third century BC it was conquered by the Romans. During the Hadrianic period (2nd century AD) a theatre and amphitheatre were built, the remains of which can be seen in the square
main square called Piazza Sant'Oronzo.

It was during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries that the so-called 'Baroque Lecce' developed, embellishing the city centre with monuments of great artistic value.
A walk through the historic centre of Lecce will allow you to admire its beauty. The heart of the city of Lecce is Piazza Duomo, a closed square with a single entrance, of enchanting beauty.

The Night of the Taranta

Il festival è un progetto nato su iniziativa dell’Unione dei Comuni della Grecìa Salentina e dell’Istituto Diego Carpitella nel 1998, quando si decise di realizzare, all’interno dell’area ellenofona, un grande concerto in cui la locale musica folklorica si ibridasse con altre tradizioni musicali, rivitalizzandosi e stabilendo, in questo modo, anche una modalità diversa di composizione musicale contemporanea. 

La Provincia di Lecce è socia fondatrice dell’Istituto Diego Carpitella, che organizza l’evento insieme ai Comuni della Grecìa Salentina.
The initiative has grown over the past eight years to such an extent that it has become a major player at national level and beyond.
Il festival si apre ogni anno a Corigliano d’Otranto e termina con un concertone a Melpignano.

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