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Sanarica is a small town that is alive all year round. Well equipped with services, in a strategic position with respect to the most beautiful cities of Salento, beautiful to live in and wonderful on vacation. It is 35km from the capital, 16km from the wonderful Otranto and a step away from some unmissable attractions of the Salento area.

History and Origin of the Name

The history of Sanarica is lively and interesting. It is assumed that between the 9th and 10th centuries AD a small group of survivors of the attack by the Saracens who destroyed the city of Muro Leccese took refuge in the surrounding areas, founding new inhabited centers. Thus it was that some families settled in an area that they considered particularly favorable to human settlement, giving life to what we know today as the city of Sanarica. Other families settled around, actually founding Giuggianello, San Cassiano and beyond. The area, however, was so disputed by these groups that conflicts were not long in coming. It was Giovanni Antonio Orsini Del Balzo who was the first to give clear boundaries to these territories by having towers built on the edge of each fiefdom. For this reason, the coat of arms of the city of Sanarica still represents the five towers that put an end to the disputes. In the village, however, there are also traces of the presence of the Messapians and the Byzantines, peoples who have marked the culture of the whole Salento. These historical evidences of inestimable value resist up to the present day, although the village was destroyed several times over the centuries. Sanarica was part of the Principality of Taranto, then various dominations of the feudal lords followed one another: first the Orsini del Balzo, then the Aragona who entrusted it to the Lubellis and last to the Basurto who held control of the fiefdom until 1806, or until the end of 'was feudal.

The origin of the name of Sanarica  is still debated. According to a first hypothesis, the toponym derives from the primitive Senereca (from the Latin Senectutem Recans), or "she who leads to tranquility". The second hypothesis suggests a derivation from the griko "ta asinarica", indicating the presence of donkeys, animals considered fundamental for human work at the time. The name could then also make us think of a reference to the healthy breathable air in the area, a quality that is certainly not lacking in the hinterland and along the Salento coast. Perhaps the truth about the name of the place will be slow in coming, but certainly these studies make it clear why those groups of "refugees" who escaped the massacre fought so much for the right to inhabit this beautiful area.

We have prepared one for you  list of events not to be missed and monuments to visit  here in the village during your stay in the Sole del Salento Bed and Breakfast.

Events and monuments not to be missed in Sanarica

Major events in Sanarica

Feast of St. Joseph  March 19

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua  June 13

Feast of San Luigi Gonzaga  June 21st

Sagra de lu lacciu (celery)  September 6

Patronal feast of the Madonna delle Grazie  from 7 to 9 September

Living nativity scene  Christmas time
Reconstruction set in the characteristic Sant'Angelo sinkhole.

Monuments to visit in Sanarica *

Crypt of the Assumption

Menhir Croce di Sant'Antonio

mother church

Ducal Palace

Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie

Church of San Salvatore

* The listed monuments appear in order in the photos below. They are all reachable on foot or by bike from our B&B.

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