The entire territory of Salento is the demonstration, in fact, of how powerful, in terms of land development, the attractiveness of cultural heritage, landscape, demo-anthropological and food and wine.
Galatina also boasts elements that make it unique compared to other centers, while it shares with other realities of the province the primacy of quality, quantity and diffusion of the historical-artistic-cultural heritage, a peculiar and tangible sign of a glorious past.
Heritage that is a real resource to be protected, valued, managed, not only because its enormous potential is still unexpressed, but also because it is an important lever for the economic development of the city.
Piazza AlighieriA new element of sure appeal may be the name of “City of Art”.
Since 1793, thanks to the concession of Ferdinando IV, king of Naples, Galatina can boast the title of “City”.
Today it possesses the requisite requisites and indicated in the annex D of the art. 11 of the Regional Regulation n. 4 of March 20, 2001, to aspire to recognition, thanks to which it will be easier and more effective to place oneself in a different dimension that will allow it to attract ever more numerous tourist flows.
It will open the incomparable treasure of its beauties and unveil the signs of an art and a splendor that here, since the fourteenth century, with the Orsini del Balzo, have reached great levels.
Fresco of the Basilica of Santa Caterina d ‘Alessandria Only the sacred building is admirable, – first the Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, declared a national monument in the second half of the nineteenth century – but also the old lodgings set in the suggestion of the little squares and of the alleys of the Historical Center and the superb noble residences, many of which returned to the splendor of the past.
Even the Historic Center of Galatina, like many others in Puglia, can be defined as an “open-air museum”, blinding with the Mediterranean sun, which recalls the flow of time that history survives and the noblest and most significant traces that they give meaning to places and that encloses, as in a casket, the paths of memory.