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Grottaglie: photo description (Grottaglie)

Grottaglie is a small resort town in the province of Padua in the Italian region of Puglia. It is located on the Salento Peninsula separates the Adriatic and Ionian seas. The surrounding city is dotted with deep gorges and canyons, which gave the city its name: the word "Grottaglie" comes from the Latin Scriptae, Aliae, meaning "many ravines". These caves were inhabited by man during the Paleolithic times. The historic part of Grottaglie in the Middle ages was known as Casale, Scriptorium - it was founded by cave dwellers who found refuge here from the raids of pirates. In the 11th century Grottola became a possession of the bishops of Taranto, and in the 14th century there were built fortifications, defensive walls, the Castello, Episcopio, and the Chiesa Matrice. Only in 1806, the year the feudal law was abolished, and after the unification of Italy Grottaglie one of the first cities began to develop outside the mediaeval walls.

Today, Grottaglie famous for its pottery and grape groves. In Taranto, in the National Museum "Great Greece" kept a lot of ancient pottery found in the territory of Grottaglie. Every year the city hosts various festivals dedicated to ceramics, the exhibition "Ceramics in the Land of Ceramics", Mediterranean competition of ceramic products, ceramic exhibition of Christmas Cribs etc.

Of the attractions of Grottaglie can be called the Castello, Episcopio, massive Baroque Palazzo Cicinelli on the main square, Palazzo Urselli with a Romanesque facade and gates of the 15th century, Palazzo Majuli-the Comet, the Baroque Palazzo Blasi, the convent of San Francesco di Paola with a luxurious patio and cloister, the Church Chiesa del Carmine with a stone den of the 16th century and the chapel, known as "Purgatory."