An easy trek in the nature of the Regional Natural Park of Punta Pizzo and Sant'Andrea island, south of Gallipoli (Lecce). A walk between the beautiful sea and the vegetation of the Salento coast, in a stretch marked by a spectacular "biodiversity".
Technical description: A 16 kilometers long trek loop path of a mixed sourface (sand-gravel-rock), starting from the mouth of the Samari Canal, south of Gallipoli. You cross the beautiful beach of Foggi and the inner edge of the pine forest. Then you continue on the coastal path that runs around Punta del Pizzo, you cross the coastal road and go towards Masseria Nova. From here you go towards the humid area of Foggi, crossing it up to the provincial road that takes back to the starting point.
Tech tips: Hiking, sand-proof, shoes. Enough water especially for the hottest days.
The cathedral of St Agata, virgin and martyr - known as the Dome of Gallipoli - is dedicated to the Patron Saint of this city in Salento. The current Baroque cathedral church was elevated to the status of minor papal cathedral in 1946 by Pope Pio XII. By royal decree of November, 21st 1940, the King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II elevated it to the status of national monument for its artistic and historical importance. It hosts an archpriesthood, a Capitol of the canonicals and the parish church.
Punta Pizzo, on the coast south of Gallipoli, it offers an uncontaminated landscape. In fact it is in the regional natural reserve of the Island of Sant'Andrea (established in 2006) which occupies nearly 700 acres of the 20 km of the Ionian coast of Gallipoli. To reach this picturesque bay, you have to travel along the road coast Mancaversa - Gallipoli and follow the signs to Lido Pizzo.
City of departure: Gallipoli
Departure: Foce canale Samari
City of arrival: Gallipoli
Arrival: Foce canale Samari
Length (Km): 16
Type of Itinerary: Short routes - Half day
Difference in height (m): 107
Difference in downhill (m): 107
Highest point (m): 37
Lowest point (m): 0
Duration (h.): 5