A historical and linguistic island inside Salento.
Travelling through Salento’s Greece means recall the centuries of Hellenic, Byzantine, Norman and Spanish domination in an area where they still speak the ancient griko.
The 28 km long bike tour will show you the towns of Carpignano Salentino, Martano, Castrignano de' Greci, Melpignano and Corigliano d'Otranto. Between Baroque and Taranta.
In warmer seasons be sure to have water supplies, the path is very exposed.
The foundation of the Mother Church located in Serrano dates back to the fourteenth century. It was radically rebuilt in the second half of the nineteenth century, after a first renovation in the mid '700. The interior, a single nave with side chapels communicating with each other, is a Latin cross. Of great interest the altars, some of which date back to the eighteenth century.
Located in the heart of Carpignano Salentino, the mother church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. Rebuilt in the seventeenth century on a fifteenth century building of modest size, it is built with an elegant local stone and it has a large staircase which leads into the building. Inside there are valuable works of the eighteenth century and sumptuous Baroque altars.
The present church of Melpignano is the result of a significant program of renovation and expansion, which occurred at the end of '700, from the old parish church dating back to the early decades of the sixteenth century. The exterior has the original sixteenth-century portal, with an high-relief depicting St.George slaying the dragon. The interior, with three latin cross naves, holds precious baroque altars.
City of departure: Carpignano Salentino
City of arrival: Corigliano d'Otranto
Arrival: Corigliano d'Otranto
Length (Km): 28
Type of Itinerary: Half Day
Difference in height (m): 100
Difference in downhill (m): 70
Highest point (m): 140
Lowest point (m): 70
Duration (h.): 3