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Inhabited since prehistory as testified by menhirs and dolmens present in the territory, Palmariggi, was originally called Montejuzzo, then MonsJovis by the Romans and the town of Otranto, in order to safeguard from the incursions that came to the docks of Gallipoli, built there a fort, called Casale San Nicola, attacked, destroyed and rebuilt at various times. The popular tradition narrates that in 1480, after the capture of Otranto, the Saracens started sacking the hinterland and the neighbouring Casale San Nicola. On the hill of Montejuzzu, the men of the Casale made preparations for the battle against the Turks and women took refuge in the Church, to ask for the divine intervention. A prodigious happening occurred, the Holy Virgin appeared with a palm in her hand, leading an imposing phalanx. The Turks, frightened by the event, went away and the population was saved. From that moment, the Casale and the hill were called Palmarice, Palmaricce, Palmariggi, which means “You holding the palm”. Hence the name and the symbol of the town. Alphonse of Aragon visited Palmariggi, reconstructed the castle and surrounded it with walls. The feud passed under the control of several families: Cesaroli, Santacroce, Ventura, Mattei, Varvassi and in the end Vernazza. The centre of Palmariggi is characterized by a wide square delimited by the Mother Church of Saint Luke the Evangelist, by Palazzo Vernazza, by the poor houses in “imbrici”, by the ruin of the Aragonese Castle formed by two towers and by the walls, by Palazzo Sansò with the annexed Clock Tower. In the narrow streets of the historical centre, recently subject to a restoration by which the basole of local stone have replaced the degraded asphalt, it is possible to admire the eighteenth-century palaces, the typical court houses, Palazzo Modoni, the Chapel of the Madonna della Palma and the Museum of shells and coral. On the hill of Montejuzzu it is possible to visit the Chapel of the Madonna del Monte or di Costantinopoli, rare example of medieval religious building. The economy of Palmariggi is linked to the production of olive oil, wine, wheat, vegetables and to a growing tourist offer, thanks to the proximity of Otranto. The local products can be tasted in the traditional food-and-wine feasts that attract thousands of tourists and visitors: Puteche Aperte that proposes the tasting of the dishes of the tradition in the streets of the historical centre (first week-end of July), Festa della Bruschetta, in the picturesque scenario of the hill of Montevergine with tasting of local products (August 15th, 16th and 17th), Lu Paniri te e Site, one of the most ancient fairs of Salento, dedicated to pomegranate, with tasting of the typical autumnal dishes (second week-end of October).

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