Santa Cesarea Terme

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    Santa Cesarea Terme



    26,82 Kmq


    Via Roma 159

Santa Cesarea Terme, an ancient thermal place

It is a famous thermal place developed in the 1920s but it was already known in antiquity thanks to the presence of sulphureous thermal waters. They gush out of four caves (Gattulla, Solfatara, Fetida, Sulfurea). According to the myth these sources are linked with the birth of four Leuterni giants, killed by Hercules with strokes of club. Another legend says that their origin is linked with the story of a young girl called Cesaria, who was swallowed by the mountain to escape from her father’s persecution.

The town appears as anchored to the rocks, sheer to the sea, and, thanks to its thermal baths, it became an important holiday resort. Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century many patrician families built numerous villas for their holidays: some of them show a beautiful Moresque style.

It is worth mentioning the Moresque Villa Sticchi, built between 1894 and 1900; it has a square plan and a wonderful arcade in Arabian style and it shows an elegant dome with geometrical decorations according to the Moresque style. In the middle of the town, where only 3000 people live, there is the Sacro Cuore church, rebuilt in 1954 on a 14th - century chapel, where, according to the tradition, the virgin Cesaria died.

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    Trenitalia links the main Italian cities of Apulia

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    A14 from Bologna through Foggia and Bari to Taranto

    A16 from Napoli; in Canosa it converges with A14.

Secular olive-groves with crooked trunks appearing as real natural sculptures.

Secular olive-groves

Symbol of the flora of the whole region is the olive tree, which characterizes the territory from the Tavoliere to the end of the Salento with immense fields.

Secular olive-groves

The olive trees with their beauty and charm, given by their secular crooked trunks, embody the history of Apulia thanks to their millenarian presence on the territory. They are the oldest and largest group of millenarian vegetal specimens in the world.

Self- vegetation and animal species in Apulia.

Horse of the Murgia

A huge number of biotopes of vegetable and animal species characterizes the region, even if only the 7% of the territory has been declared protected area. The Apulian self-vegetation is marked by woods, the Mediterranean maquis and the so-called ganga (rocky pasture).

Pink flamingos in the salt marshes of Margherita di Savoia

The region shows two national parks: the Gargano National Park with many areas and reserves and the lakes of Lesina and Varano, and the Alta Murgia National Park.