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Small city of the Southern Salento Region, its lands were inhabited since the Bronze Ages, evidenced by the exhibits of the Messapi times, traced in the cavern of Grotta Montani.

In the III century b.C. the city was conquered by the Romans and by the legends, Salve was entitled to the centurion Salvius after the defeat of the troups of Taranto. In IX century the city was fortified to defend itself from the continuous Saracen raids. The first fortress (Torre Pali) was built in '500 by the Spanish together with a series of sighting towers near to the shore.

One of the city's jewels is the Church San Nicola Magno with its organ "Olgiati-Mauro" built in 1628, the most antique and still working example in Italy. Not to miss: the Chapel of Sant'Anna (built in late XVIII century), the Chapel del Santissimo Crocifisso (1593), the Church de "Santu Lasi" (San Biagio), the Chapel "de li Spiriti Santi" (1575), the Chapel della Madonna del Carmine (XVII century), the Church di Sant'Antonio and the Sanctuary of Santa Teresa del Bambin Gesù.

Worth of mention is also the lavish Palazzo Ceuli, for its balconies and courtyard decorations, built in XVIII century in stone of Lecce.


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