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  • Via A. Vespucci, località Marina di Novaglie, Alessano (LE)

Marina of Novaglie, or simply Novaglie is a seaside resort of Alessano. The locality was inhabited from ancient times as evidenced by numerous caves used to Laure Basilian in the Middle Ages and a shelter for fishermen in below. The origins of the name are uncertain: è perhaps datable to the land reclamation in the XI century included the area by calling "new" wooded areas and stony making them habitable. The existence of a number of springs of fresh water made Novaglie one locality strategic for the Saracen pirates who went to refuel. Since the antiquity the coast of Novaglie was used as a point for the mooring of boats and ships, as evidenced by the toponym Porto Vecchio given to the stretch of coast più to the north-east. Novaglie hosts two ancient laure basilian in the area of the new harbor, dug into the rock from two Natural caves; used in time as a shelter for boats, we can discern in them writing stroke graffito scratched. There is also a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows dating back to the XX century, forming part of a private residence. The main caves of costa novagliese, from north to south there are the following:

  • Blue Cave. Called like that for the characteristic staining of waters.
  • Devil's Cave. Located near the coast in the wide gulf of Novaglie, in front of the cliff traditionally called Punta Rossa. This cave is very dark (it's directed against the sun) and his room ends in a tiny swallow hole, probably in ancient times it was considered to be a portal for the underworld, from which the name. Above this cave are the ruins of the watchtower, later collapsed.
  • Old Port Cave. A small cave with a grassy shelf above the main chamber.
  • Cipolliane Caves. A complex of two caves from the particular characteristic of having two rooms, one on the level of the sea and the other to it immediately superposed thereon. Individually, they are called The Crib (its upper room evokes the cave of a crib) and Elephant Cave (due to a rocky formation similar to an elephant). The latter is very important for the tempering process at its interior a pebble engraved by human hand dating back to the Palaeolithic and exposed to the Maglie Paleontological Civic Museum.

From 2013 the ancient sheep track that from Novaglie led to Gagliano del Capo skirting the two caves has been managed and opened to the public as trail; through it it's possibile to access to the two upper chambers of Cipolliane.

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Macurano
Macurano
Macurano is a rugged village on the road that connects Alessano to Marina di Novaglie, in Puglia.
Strada Provinciale 248, 2, Alessano (LE)
4.47 Kilometers from Marina of Novaglie
Montesardo
Montesardo
The hamlet of Montesardo is part of the territory of Alessano, in Puglia.
Piazza Castello, 6, località Montesardo, Alessano (LE)
4.88 Kilometers from Marina of Novaglie
The Church of San Giovanni Battista
The Church of San Giovanni Battista
The Church of San Giovanni Battista dating back to the X century stands in front of the Centopietre.
Piazza Marco Pedone, Patù (LE)
5.56 Kilometers from Marina of Novaglie
Centopietre
Centopietre
Symbol of Patù is the monument of Centopietre. The people believed that it was built by the giants, given the considerable size of about 100 blocks that compose it.
Piazza Marco Pedone, Patù (LE)
5.59 Kilometers from Marina of Novaglie
Barbarano del Capo and the Little Leuca
Barbarano del Capo and the Little Leuca
The Little Leuca of Barbarano del Capo, in Salento, was placed along the Pilgrims Way to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Leuca.
Strada Provinciale 190, 47, località Barbarano del Capo, Morciano di Leuca (LE)
6.09 Kilometers from Marina of Novaglie
Collegiate Church of St. Saviour
Collegiate Church of St. Saviour
the Collegiate Church of St. Saviour is located in the village of Alessano, in Puglia.
Piazza Don Tonino Bello, 7, Alessano (LE)
6.15 Kilometers from Marina of Novaglie
The Church of Santa Maria of Vereto
The Church of Santa Maria of Vereto
Inside the building there is an extraordinary fresco, which links the church to a mystery linked to an emblematic figure of Christianity: San Paolo and its association with the phenomenon of tarantism.
Via San Gregorio, Patù (LE)
6.27 Kilometers from Marina of Novaglie
Caprarica Castle
Caprarica Castle
Caprarica Castle is located near Tricase, in Puglia.
Piazza Sant'Andrea, rione Caprarica del Capo, Tricase (LE)
7.23 Kilometers from Marina of Novaglie
Capuchins' Church and Convent
Capuchins' Church and Convent
The Capuchins' Church and Convent is an architectural complex in the village of Tricase, in Puglia.
Piazza Giuseppe Pisanelli, 21, Tricase (LE)
8.20 Kilometers from Marina of Novaglie

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