Ceglie Messapica, Province of Brindisi, Puglia
- Altitude: 300 a.s.l
- Population: about 21,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 72013
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0831
- Patron Saint: St. Antonio of Padua, celebrated on 13th June
In the 7th century BC Ceglie was one of the 12 Messapian towns at war with Taranto. At that time the main center was an acropolis on top of the hill, which could be reached through stairs which still exist today. Under Roman times a slow decadence began, and in the Middle Ages Ceglie was a small village under the feudal rule of the baron of the castle built where the acropolis once rose.
A rebirth began also thanks to the monasteries founded by Greek monks, the Abbey of Sant'Anna and the monastery of Madonna della Grotta. The Sanseverino family were lords of the place for long centuries, followed by the Lubrano and Sisto y Britto.
What to see
- The 11th century castle, with a huge square-plan tower
- The church of San Leucio, containing beautiful furniture of the 17th century, among them a finely carved wooden pulpit
- The beautiful Montevicoli grottos, of Karst origin.