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Santuario de Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Piazza Giovanni XXIII', 73040 Santa Maria di Leuca LE, Italy


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About Santuario de Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae

The basilica sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae is a minor basilica and a sanctuary of Castrignano del Capo, located in the hamlet of Santa Maria di Leuca: it is so-called because it is located at the south-eastern end of the Italian peninsula. The Sanctuary, which was built over the ruins of an ancient pagan temple, stands on a spacious plaza. Over the centuries, its thick masonry walls have been reconstructed several times after sustaining damage during Turkish raids.

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Marina di Pescoluse
Marina di Pescoluse9.66km from Santuario de Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae

Pescoluse is a seaside resort in the province of Lecce and a hamlet of Salve. It is located in the lower Salento, on the stretch of the Ionian coast between Torre Pali and Torre Vado, the height of the Fano canal. The coast is low and sandy, characterized by the presence of dunes behind it. The peculiarity of the beach is that it has very fine and very clear sand, the finest in Salento. The coast faces south and its particular position allows Pescoluse to enjoy clear and crystalline water durin

Torre San Giovanni
Torre San Giovanni22.92km from Santuario de Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae

Torre San Giovanni is a Salento seaside resort located on the Ionian Sea, in the province of Lecce. It is a fraction of the municipality of Ugento, which is about 5 km away, located between Torre Mozza and the marinas of Alliste, rises 3 meters above sea level with 430 inhabitants throughout the year and over 50,000 residents during the summer.

Grotta Zinzulusa
Grotta Zinzulusa24.17km from Santuario de Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae

The Zinzulusa is a natural coastal cave located along the Salento coast between Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme, one of the best known anchialine caves in southern Italy. The name of the cave derives from the dialect word " zinzuli ", rags, and is due to the karst formations, in particular stalactites , which hang from the ceiling as if they were hanging rags. The formation of the cave, which occurred due to marine erosion, dates back to the Pliocene period.

Lighthouse Punta Palascìa
Lighthouse Punta Palascìa36.88km from Santuario de Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae

The lighthouse of Punta Palascìa, also known as Capo d’Otranto is commonly known as the easternmost point of the Italian peninsula; the tip that extends into the Otranto Canal. Already in thePeutingerian table, the settlement is reported under the name of Ydrunte. The lighthouse stands not far from where, up to the 19th century, there was a watchtower built during the Middle Ages.

Aragonese Castle of Otranto
Aragonese Castle of Otranto40.08km from Santuario de Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae

The castle of Otranto is the fortress of the homonymous city located in Puglia, in the province of Lecce. The castle, which gave its name to the first Gothic novel in history, is closely related to the city walls with which it forms a single defensive apparatus. The current appearance of the fort is in fact due to Spanish Viceroys, who made it a real masterpiece of military architecture: extraordinary defense works were implemented in 1535 by Don Pedro of Toledo.

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Announcement
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Announcement40.19km from Santuario de Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae

The cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata is the most important Catholic place of worship in the city of Otranto, the mother church of the homonymous archdiocese. In July 1945, Pope Pius XII elevated the cathedral to the dignity of a minor basilica. The cathedral, built on the remains of a Messapian village, a Roman Domus, and an early Christian temple, was founded in 1068 by the Norman bishop Guglielmo. It is a synthesis of different architectural styles including Byzantine, Early Christian, and

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Apulia is a region of Italy, located in the southern peninsular section of the country, bordering the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto to the south. The region comprises 19,345 square kilometers, and its population is about four million.