Presicce June 7-10, 2018 
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PRESICCE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE IN ITALY The    name    could    derive    from    the    Latin    praesidium,    to    indicate    a    military    anti-Saracen    garrison. According to others, the name would derive from the abundance of water ( from praesitium ).   Visit Presicce. You   can   start   your   visit   of   the   historical   center   from   via   Roma,   where   the   municipal   offices   are   housed in   the   convent   of   the   Carmelite   Fathers,   finished   in   1590.   In   the   adjacent   church   of   Madonna   del Carmine   (second   half   of   the   XVI   century)   the   main   altar   carved   in   local   leccese   stone   has   columns, tunnels   and   basreliefs   in   late   Baroque   style   and   three   paintings   of   Xavier   Lillo   which   was   a   valid interpreter   of   the   Neapolitan   style   in   the   eighteenth   century   in   Salento.   In   Corso   Italia,   the   Neogothic castle   is   the   result   of   the   transformation   in   1924   from   the   original   eighteenth   century   structure.   In Piazza   del   Popolo,   the   Palazzo   Ducale   was   also   remodeled   at   the   beginning   of   the   century.   It   houses the    beautiful    chapel    of    the    Annunciation    and    the    beautiful    roof    garden,    made    during    the reconstruction    of    1630.    Anoter    architectural    jewel    is    the    Cappella    degli    Aridit,    a    fascinating combination   between   the   typical   local   leccese   stone   and   Rococò   decorations.   The   votive   column   that soars   in   front   of   the   Mother   church,   with   the   statue   of   Sant’Andrea   at   the   top,   was   placed   by   Bartilotti at    the    beginning    of    the    Eighteenth    Century.    Remarkable    is    the    elegant    façade    of    the    church, dedicated    to    the    patron    Saint    Andrew,    overlooking    the    beautiful    Baroque    Piazzetta    Villani.    The church   has   a   Latin   cross   plan   with   a   single   nave,   with   eight   side   altars   and   the   high   altar   made   of polychrome marble of the Neapolitan school. The stoups are a gift of King Francis I of the Two Sicilies. The   narrow   streets   of   the   historical   center   converge   in   courtyards.   Court   Soronzi   was   built   in   the seventeenth   century.   On   the   entrance   portal   you   can   admire   a   small   terrace   with   a   stylish   perforated balustrade.   On   via   Gramsci   you’ll   see   the   mid-sixteenth   century   Palazzo   Valentini   and   Casa   Turrita. Going   on   to   via   Vespucci   you’ll   find   the   Renaissance   Palazzo   Adamo   Izzo   with   its   beautiful   garden. Further   on   piazza   del   Popolo   and   via   Castello,   with   Palazzo   Alberti,   by   the   elegant   façade   of   the beginning   of   the   twentieth   century.   Returning   to   the   Piazzetta   Villani,   we   find   Palazzo   Colella   Bisanti, with   a   large   garden   and   a   dovecote   in   which   are   engraved   the   dates   of   construction   (1563)   and enlargement   (1770)   of   the   building;   the   eighteenth   century   Palazzo   Villani;   the   sixteenth   century House    Cesi,    home    of    the    sons    of    the    feudatories    Bartilotti;    House    Rollo,    also    from    the    sixteenth century,   equipped   with   a   hidden   garden   at   the   bottom   of   a   long   vestibule;   Palazzo   Arditi,   a   building of   the   end   of   the   seventeenth   century;   and   finally   Palazzo   Seracca,   characterized   by   some   elegant arches. The last building is Casa Cara in via Garibaldi. FESTIVAL TEAM  |  GET INVOLVED
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