1. Corigliano d’Otranto: A Corner of Greece in Italy
Explore inside the historic center of Corigliano, a small town of Salento rich in history. You will begin your guided tour by visiting the 16th century Saint Nicholas of Myra church, famous for its relics. Saint Nicholas is also the patron saint of this town. Wander past the exterior of Palazzo Comi in San Nicola Square, which was built in the mid-1700s. Next, you will observe the clock tower and the ancient portal known as Arco Lucchetti. The portal was built in 1497 using three monolithic Lecce stones, that are well-preserved and form the lintel and two pillars in the lower half. The rich decoration of the portal stretches across the front and inside of the arches. Discover the symbol of Corigliano, the De Monti castle, the most beautiful monument of military and feudal architecture, built at beginning of the 16th century. The castle has a medieval origin, yet was radically restructured and enlarged between 1514 and 1519. Entirely surrounded by a moat, the castle boasts four circular towers at each corner, once used to defend against gunboats. Admire the statues and read the accompanying commemorative inscriptions that were added to the castle by Duke Francesco Trane in 1667.