Santa Maria di Leuca is a village with just over 1000 inhabitants of the town of Castrignano del Capo, in the province of Lecce. It 'a tourist resort very well known for its geographical position, in fact it is the southernmost tip of Salento and is located on the heel of Italy' s boot.
A stair of 284 steps connecting the Basilica of Santa Maria di Leuca (www.basilicaleuca.it), lighthouse (48m high from the base and 102 m above sea level) to the underlying port and village (Marina di Leuca). The monumental staircase and the Roman column marks the end of 'Apulian Aqueduct that was built during the Fascist period.
In the inhabited center there are:
- Nineteenth-century villas, built between the late 1800s and early 1900s according to various styles. Among the best preserved villas that characterize the place are: Villa Fuortes (home of the Pro Loco), Villa Daniele, Villa Episcopo, Villa Mellacqua, Villa Colosso, Villa La Meridiana, Villa Tamborino, Villa Stefanachi, Villa Arditi, Villa De Francesco, Villa Seracca, Villa Sangiovanni, Villa Ramirez.
Features are the "bagnarole", which hid from the sight of the people the ladies while they enjoyed the baths in the summer months. Each bagnarola belonged to a villa, which reported its style and color. Today the wooden baths no longer exist, while the masonry ones only have three.
-Torre dell'Omomorto (or the Dead Man) is a lookout tower located at the end of the Cristoforo Colombo promenade. It is one of the many towers that are found along the coast of Salento. These towers were mainly used to spot the approach of the Saracen ships, which for a long time invaded the Salento peninsula, and to give the alarm to the hinterland through light signals that were immediately transmitted from one tower to the next.
- Chiesa Cristo Re It is located in the center of the marina of Leuca. The construction work began in 1896 and ended in 1935. Made of carparo, it is in Romanesque and Gothic style. The interior is divided into three naves. The mosaic floor and the rose window on the main façade are very nice. The large windows of the side aisles bear the names and the coats of arms of the noble families who participated in the construction of the church.
Leuca enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate, made even sweeter by the presence of the sea. Its position allows you to choose the calmest slope depending on the winds.
All this, and much more, are the setting for the holidays of millions of tourists who decide each year to discover this beautiful land ..