Tricase is Italian town of 17 773 inhabitants in the province of Lecce in Puglia.
Located in Capo di Leuca, 53.4 km from the provincial capital, includes a stretch of the east coast of Salento. It is part of the Urbaine Capo Santa Maria di Leuca, join the club of the authentic villages of Italy. Part of its territory lies in the Regional Natural Park Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca and Tricase Forest.
The territory of the municipality of Tricase, which occupies an area of 42.64 km ² in the southern part of the province of Lecce, part of the so-called region of Salento greenhouses, because of the small hill formations that constitute the orographic physiognomy. Overall, the land is mostly flat; the altitude is between 0 and 135 meters above sea level. The municipality insists on sabbioni Pliocene (carparo), extending south to the Masseria del Mito, and to the east and south, where they huddled in the compact limestone, dating back to the Eocene, the Serra of Caprarica Cape. Also at the fraction of Lucugnano are clayey sands yellow that have facilitated the development of pottery, however, significant activities in the local economy.
Since October 2006, part of its territory falls within the Park Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca and Tricase Forest, established by the Region of Puglia in order to safeguard the east coast of Salento, rich in precious architectural monuments and important plant and animal species. Of particular interest are the oaks Vallonias, specimen trees unique in all of Western Europe, existing only in Salento and in the Balkan countries. The coast, high and jagged, is affected by the presence of limestone caves such as the Grotta Matrona, and small creeks. The tricasina coast, extending for about 8 km from Torre del Sasso to the east and to the promontory of Calino to the west, includes the two towns of Tricase Porto Marina Serra.
It is bordered to the north by the municipality of Andrano, on the west by the municipalities of Miggiano, Montesano Salentino and Mirror, on the south by the municipalities of Alessano and Tiggiano, on the east by the Adriatic Sea.
Tricase, formerly known Treccase, then Trecase, then Tricasi or Tricasium, owes its name to the union of three different houses and combined, they gave rise to a single settlement. The most widely accepted etymology, however, the name translates as Tricase inter casas, ie, a country formed in the midst of other houses.