Nardo is a town in Puglia located precisely in Lecce located in the heart of Salento, and overlooking the Ionian Sea with about 31,200 inhabitants.
From over 20 km of coastline along the rocky nature overlooking the sea, the territory of the town of Nardo includes the seaside resorts of Santa Maria al Bagno, Santa Caterina and San Isidoro and is fully engaged in the Regional Park of Porto Selvaggio and Palude del Capitano an area of great historical and natural interest.
Probably founded by a group of Cretan-Mycenaean, today Nardò is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Puglia-Italy, particularly appreciated for the beauty of the landscape and the coast, as well as the important historical, cultural and artistic heritage that it cherishes inside.
What to see
The Town, is rich in history, here we may find many important examples of religious art.
Particularly beautiful is the classical Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, walls and columns painted with a large number of representations dating back to the fourteenth century.
Instead the Church of the Immaculate Conception, built on an ancient medieval structure, has a façade in carparo, a typical stone from the local area, and inside we can admire a valuable painting of the Madonna del Rosario.
Very impressive are also the Church and Convent of Santa Chiara, dating from the thirteenth century, the Church of the Madonna del Carmine, built around 1460, and the Church of St. Joseph the Patriarch, clear example of architecture in Lecce.
Among the most important examples of civil architecture, “Il Sedile”, overlooking the central Piazza Calandra, Teatro Comunale, built in the late nineteenth century, and the Courthouse, the end of the sixteenth century. Impressive is the Castle Acquaviva, evidence that the Anjou and the Aragonese past by the city.
Remarkable is also the landscape heritage, including the Park of Porto Selvaggio and the Palude del Captain.
- July - Festival of the Appetizers
- August - Historic Riding and Feast of the Incoronata
- October – Trade Fair
- 1st Sunday of November - Livestock Show