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Villa Emma is in a strategic position as there are some of the most beautiful and renowned towns of Salento:

TORRE SPECCHIA: The town takes its name from one of the many coastal watch towers of the Salento, built between the 15th and 16th centuries to protect the population from the frequent attacks of various Mediterranean populations, especially Turks.

SAN FOCA: It is located between Torre Specchia Ruggeri and Roca Vecchia, on the Adriatic Sea. Its tourist port is one of the most important on the coast between Brindisi and Otranto. Originally a fishing village, San Foca has become an important summer resort during the summer.

TORRE DELL’ORSO: Known for its wide beach of fine silver-colored sand, Torre dell’Orso boasts a particularly clear sea due to the currents of the Canale d’Otranto. Thanks to this feature in summer the town is frequented by many tourists and has been repeatedly awarded the European Blue Flag for transparency and cleanliness of the sea.

ACAYA:The small town of Acaya represents one of the rare examples of a fortified city, with an orthogonal mesh road layout, existing in Southern Italy. The urban layout is due to the military architect Giangiacomo Degli Acaya, already designer of the castle and walls of Lecce, who in 1535 on behalf of Charles V had it girded with walls, enlarged and fortified the castle with ramparts, ramparts and moat. It is located 5 km from the Adriatic Sea and the “Le Cesine” State Nature Reserve.

RISERVA NATURALE “LE CESINE”: The name Cesine derives from Segine which in turn derives from seges which means uncultivated and abandoned area. Segine was also the village that stood near the Acaya castle. The oasis represents today one of the last marshy areas that in the past extended from Otranto to Brindisi. In the oasis there are two ponds Salapi and Pantano Grande, fed by rain, which are separated from the sea by a cord of sand dunes. The oasis is managed by the WWF.

AEROPORTO “LECCE – LEPORE – SAN  CATALDO”: The airport was built in 1970 by the Aeroclub of Lecce, at the time chaired by Samuele Ciocca and intended for amateur activities and the flight school. In 1990, due to lack of resources, the airport was closed, but it is expected that it will soon be reopened after recovery and expansion works. Currently it has a paved runway of 927 meters and a width of 45, which allows the departure and arrival of aircraft up to 50 tons.

LECCE: It is extraordinary, rich in art, history and … nightlife. It is a city of unique and unmistakable artistic beauty, defined as “Lady of the Baroque”, “Florence of the South”, “Athens of Apulia” is considered one of the most renowned architectural jewels in Italy. It is “on a human scale”, in which it is possible to move easily even on foot or by bicycle. The lively historic center is full of small local craft shops, cafeterias and meeting places and restaurants, shops and services of any kind.

And not only: Otranto, Gallipoli, Porto Cesareo, Castro, S.M. di Leuca.