San Pancrazio Salentino, Province of Brindisi, Puglia

San Pancrazio Salentino coatofarms An ancient Messapian settlement since the 8th century AD, the place has a healthy climate and a wonderful position on the Lecce plateau Tavoliere not far from the Ionian coast.

It was part of the commune of Torre Santa Susanna, until 1838 when king Ferdinand II was welcomed to the place by a little girl who offered him a bunch of wonderful wild flowers which she had just picked in his honor, and as a reward the sovereign gave commune status to the place.


  • Altitude: a.s.l
  • Population: about 10,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 72026
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0831
  • Patron Saint: St. Pancrazio, celebrated on 12 May


The main event in the history of the town was a Turkish raid in 1547, narrated by historian Girolamo Marciano: five Turkish vessels landed at Torre Colimena on the night of January 1st, led by a renegade named Chria, who led the invaders to the town, where the inhabitants were all captured, taken to Turkey and sold as slaves. The place was refounded and populated with new inhabitants years later under the leadership of Francesco Aleandro, who established here a summer residence for the bishops of Brindisi.

What to see

  • The parish church of San Francesco, with neo-classical facade and dome covered with multi-colored majolica tiles
  • Outside the town the small church of Sant'Antonio, with a crypt excavated in the rock with frescos telling the terrible story of the sack of the town in 1647
  • A pre-Roman archeological site in the area called Li Castelli.

Events and Festivities

  • 11-12 May, celebrations for the patron San Pancrazio, whose relics are preserved in the parish church and shown during the festivity.

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