MARUGGIO, THE VILLAGE
Some reference on the village. Because Maruggio is worth a visit. And so also the neighboring district: Taranto itself and then, to give just one example, the town of Leporano, also famous for an archaeological area located directly on the sea. Or that of San Pietro in Bevagna, a hamlet on the Manduria sea. And then, again, Lizzano, even from the wonderful sea.
Geographically, already in northern Salento, Maruggio is 30 km from Taranto, right at the foot of the Tarantine Murge, small hills here lower and semi-hills, higher in other areas of the province (Mottola, Grottaglie).
The mother church of the village is named after the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and dates back to the 15th century. A beautiful historical heritage, therefore. Restored after a violent 18th century Salento earthquake, it houses the body of San Costanzo. In Maruggio also the church of San Giovanni Battista outside the walls, built in the fifteenth century by the Knights of Malta. Purchased by the Municipality, its restoration and subsequent transformation into a multimedia museum on the history of the Order of Malta is planned.
To see the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, XVI century, wanted by the observant minor friars. Here the church and above all a cloister frescoed in the 1600s. The historic center has been very redeveloped. Features the houses in lime and so the maze of alleys. Here the nineteenth-century Clock Tower (later become a war memorial) and several elegant palaces, including the castle-palace of the Knights of Malta, also known as the Commendatori, built in 1368. Several times renovated over the centuries, overlooking Piazza of the people. On the ground floor of the building (which has two floors) also small but interesting mills. Maruggio holds two coastal towers: one on the border with the marina of Torricella (another village in the Taranto area) and another in Campomarino. From the Magno-Greek period the archaeological site of Civita Vecchia, located near the masseria Sàmia (and Maruggio is full of beautiful farms). Also famous here are the trulli, the so-called "tròdduri", often from the roof in reeds. They are the classic rural buildings of Puglia, present, with differences, both in the Bari area and in the Salento area. Other archaeological sites: Castigno, the Greek tower of Monte Maggio, Capo dell'Ovo, the temple of Artemis Bendis (V -IV century a.C.) of the dune of the Madonnina, locality Capoccia Scorcialupi, west of Campomarino.
And the natural areas? Sea, dunes, woods, some small stream. In short, here there is something for everyone.