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Situated in Northern Salento and in the middle between Taranto, Brindisi and Lecce, the town of Manduria is also known as “City of the Messapii”, or as “City of Primitivo”.
Its territory extends on a coastal area of about 18 km, in which river Chidro flows. It is the most important river in Salento which, besides being a Site of Community Importance, is part of the “Nature Reserve of the Tarantine Eastern Coast”.
Founded by Messapii, Manduria still preserves several witnesses of its past. Its old town is made up of a lot of narrow and twisted streets, where it’s easy to get lost if you don’t know the city.
Among the most important monuments there are: the Romanic Church Collegiata (best known as “Chiesa Madre”), the Medieval Jewish Ghetto, the Clock Tower, noble palaces built in different ages and parts of the ancient Messapian curtain wall. Another important place to visit is the Museum of the Primitivo Wine Culture, situated in the Cantina Produttori Vini Manduria.

River Chidro

Chidro is the most important river of Salento. It is 10 km long and it is near San Pietro in Bevagna.
Chidro is the typical example of river made up of groundwater.
It gives life to three water bodies and it flows into the sea in the coast near Manduria.
River Chidro is related to several folk tales and traditions. It is told that Saint Peter crossed this river, crying for his great sin of having betrayed Jesus and his tears were turned into seashells. The ancient inhabitants of the area used to collect and to preserve these shells as relics, since they were considered the petrification of Saint Peter’s tears.

San Pietro in Bevagna

San Pietro in Bevagna is a Ionian coastal hamlet belonging to the town of Manduria.
Its origin is strictly related to Saint Peter’s history. A folk legend tells that, while travelling by sea, in the middle of a storm, Saint Peter was shipwrecked on this coast, and precisely in the place where the little church of the town stands today. Being tired and thirsty, he saw a water well built near a statue representing a pagan god. When he saw the sculpture, he made the sign of the cross and, suddenly, the statue got shattered at his feet. People who were present at this event converted to Christianity.
On the sea bottom near San Pietro in Bevagna, there are some sarcophagi still visible. They are some remains of an ancient Roman boat, shipwrecked during the III century.

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Torre Colimena

Torre  Colimena is a sea hamlet belonging to the town of Manduria.
It is placed in the so called “Terra d’Arneo”, east of San Pietro in Bevagna, between the protected areas of Salina dei Monaci (in the West) and the Palude del Conte (in the East).
It is part of a coastal defense system of towers built by Emperor Charles V, king of Spain, after the invasion of Otranto by the Turkish in 1480, in order to defend Salento from their frequent invasions.

Salina Dei Monaci

It is a sandy valley with specific physic and biological characteristics and a former source of natural economic resources.
Salina dei Monaci, belonging to the town of Manduria, is located near the area of sea dunes, and it is linked to the sea by a narrow channel dug in the cliff.
The Salina (Saline) has always caught the interest of people coming from the surrounding areas to collect the salt for their activities and needs, leading sometimes to disputes.
During the sea storms this depression became completely covered in sea water, so offering to its inhabitants this “white gold” (the salt), very precious for the population. The collection happened twice a year.
The Saline is a perfect place for birding. Different kinds of migratory birds cross this area, such as: pink flamingos, wild ducks, swans, purple herons and great white egrets.

Punta Prosciutto

Thanks to his unspoilt and pure environment this area is considered as a natural paradise.
The beaches and secular dunes extend for miles, covered by the typical Mediterranean vegetation of Salento.
80% of the beaches are free and the crystal clear and shallow water reminds of tropical locations. For these reasons, the beaches are one of the favorite destinations for many tourists throughout the year.

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