The accommodation is close to the center of Specchia and is about 10 km from the sea and the beach. for the Adriatic side characterized by rocks and spectacular sea caves Tricase, Novaglie, the Baia dell'Orso, and 15 km to the Ionic side particular for its immense naturalistic beaches from Pescoluse to Punta Prosciutto. Specchia as all Salento offers historic itineraries to discover and architectural monuments such as the city of Lecce which is considered the capital for its beauty.
In addition to the historic center of Specchia, rich in monuments and churches under the roads of Specchia, the Via dei Frantoi ipogei is paved in an almost completely underground path. In Specchia you can admire four hypogean crushers: Scupola, Cicca, Perrone and Black Franciscans, historical testimonies of the enormous production of olive oil of the past centuries. The mills were built in the 15th - 19th centuries, hypogea and, in part, semipogeas, were found in calcareous "tufo" or "Lecce stone" basins. The tread plan is less than three to five meters, compared to the road surface or countryside plan. It is assumed that there were two types of reasons why crushers were made underground, the first being of an economic nature, since the ease of excavation made work more convenient than a surface construction; The second is of a technical nature, in order to facilitate the separation of water from olive oil, it was necessary to maintain a constant temperature around 19 20 degrees, and for this reason it was preferable to orient the entrance southwards to To shelter from the wind of tramontana. Specchia's hypogeous oil mills are accessible thanks to guided tours organized by the local Pro loco.
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Halfway between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea, in the Salento, lies Specchia, a place inserted in the circuit of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy. It is an evocative town that owes its particular name to the heaps of stones, called peacocks, which are still scattered here and there, which were used as defense or as towers of sight. Specchia is a small jewel between sea and hill formed by a series of narrow lanes, dry walls and stairs that climb into the ancient village, all surrounded by the wonderful views offered by the olive groves and citrus groves of the Salento plain, so perfect for a Romantic walk. Also read: LECCE, THE WONDERLAND ROMAN ABBEY The pretty old town is perfectly preserved and restored: it breathes that medieval air thanks to the original structure of the nucleus arisen in the castle and at some points you can see also the remains of the ancient Defensive walls. In the upper part there is Piazza del Popolo, where elegant buildings like Palazzo Risolo and the Church of the Annunciation of Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother Church, dating back to the 15th century and not far away, are the Baronial Palace of Ripa characterized by a beautiful porch. There are also other noteworthy monuments such as the Church of the Black Franciscans where you can admire the wonderful frescoes that decorate the Chapel of Santa Caterina Martyr and the crypt dug into the rock. Another architectural jewel is the Church of Santa Eufemia, of Byzantine origin, while the visit to the hypogean crushers, built between 1500 and 1800, directly digging into the rock, projects the visitor into one of the most rooted realities of the place, that of oil production olive. Special dishes specially flavored with local oil can be enjoyed at the trattoria Coppuledda, a charming meeting place in the historic center: this is a typical Salento restaurant that offers local specialties. Trattoria Pizzeria At Convent Pinch Pinch is located in the charming setting of a convent and offers the opportunity to taste local tradition recipes that are reinterpreted with a touch of creativity offering original and tasty dishes.
Other things to keep in mind
Choosing to stay in Specchia in the heart of Salento gives you the freedom to decide which beach to visit on a day-to-day basis, what a sea corner to enjoy and spend your vacation. For example, if it is a hot day, we recommend the beaches of Adritico where the most picturesque natural pools in Italy are located and where the water is cooler. If there is wind, it is preferable the long sea of Pescoluse, the Maldives of Salento to reach Punta Prosciutto. Unspoilt and natural beaches offer maximum freedom of access, not to mention the color of the sea that the photos available on the web can only arouse some curiosity, but from the truth they are another thing. In the evening Specchia gives you the opportunity to live the colors and lights of the village, with its cafes, restaurants, exhibitions, music in the squares