Corigliano d’Otranto is in central Salento, and belongs to Greek Salento, an area where people speak an ancient language originating from Greek: the so called ‘griko’ (sort of Greek dialect).
The ideal tour starts from Piazza Vittoria, where, under the trees, you can see the philosophical park known as the Garden of Sophia, open 24 hours.
Through one of the ancient doors of the town, the southern "Caporta" portal, you can glimpse the Castello de' Monti, an amazing example of military architecture from the early 1500's, entirely surrounded by a moat. It has a superb facade with a complex series of statues commissioned from Francesco Manuli in 1667 by Duke Francesco Trani, to perpetuate his family line.
A few meters farther you can taste sweet delicacies - such as ‘pasticciotto’ - available, for example, at the Castello Bar.
Continuing along the streets of the village, among shops and ateliers, you arrive at Piazza San Nicola, where the Clock Tower and the eighteenth-century Palazzo Comi are located.
The walk continues to the Arco Lucchetti, the ancient portal built of local stone, and then reaches - along via Moncenisio - a huge, centuries-old exemplary Vallonea Oak, the tree species most representative of Salento's plant life. The Oak of Corigliano has a diameter of 1 meter and a crown 20 meters tall.
Finally, you can visit the Mother Church of San Nicola Vescovo (built in 1622), where a floor mosaic dating back to 1877 is still preserved, and was clearly inspired by the most known floor mosaic inside the Cathedral of Otranto.
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