Tricase is Italian town of 17. 773 inhabitants of the province of Lecce in Puglia.
Situated in the Capo di Leuca, 53.4 km from the provincial capital, includes a stretch of the east coast of Salento. It is part of Urbaine Cape Santa Maria di Leuca, to 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 Forest Tricase.
The territory of the municipality of Tricase, which covers an area of ??42.64 km ² in the southern part of the province of Lecce, part of the so-called greenhouse Salento region, because of the small hill formations that make up 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 farm of Myth, and to the east and south, where they blame the compact limestone, dating back to the Eocene, the Serra Caprarica Cape. Also at the fraction of Lucugnano are clayey sands yellow that led to the development of pottery, however important activities in the local economy.
Since October 2006, part of its territory covered by the Park Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca and Forest Tricase, set up 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 natural oak vallonia, specimen trees are 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. Tricasina the coast, extending for about 8 km from Torre del Sasso to the east up 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, west with 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 combination of three different houses and combined, gave rise to a single core housing. The most widely accepted etymology, however, the name translates as Tricase inter casas, ie, a country formed in the middle of other buildings.