Set on the tip of the heel of Italy, Ugento, an architectural and artistic gem of the lower Salento region, lies between the Ionian coast and a Mediterranean countryside clothed in olive groves and vineyards. Twelve km of coastline comprise Torre San Giovanni, Torre Mozza and the Lido Marini, charming seaside resorts which each summer welcome droves of visitors from all over Europe. In the evening hours Ugento stands out for the liveliness of its historic centre, the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. Starting from its splendid cathedral – rebuilt after the Turkish raid of 1537 – then on through Piazza San Vincenzo with its Clock Tower and the Bishop’s Palace. Wandering through the narrow alleys of the town centre, you will find some fine churches such as San Biagio and the Madonna Assunta, the ancient Castle and imposing palaces housing art and antiques collections, such as Palazzo Colosso.
Not to be missed in Ugento
The Tower of San Giovanni
Piazza San Vincenzo
The Necropolis of Sant’Antonio
Where to sleep in Ugento
If you want to enjoy the ambience of ancient Ugento, the historic centre is dotted with comfortable stylish accommodation facilities. For a more intimate atmosphere, choose one of the traditional farmhouses, the ‘masserie’, nowadays transformed into exclusive guest houses immersed in pristine nature. If you prefer to wake up with a sea view, choose the Marina di Ugento, on the Ionian coast, and opt for one of the many splendid hotels and villas in this seaside resort.
When to visit Ugento
The best period to enjoy the sea is July and August, but this is not all it offers: the coast is also warm and welcoming in June and September, a less crowded, quieter period. The remainder of the year is to be dedicated to long walks, excursions and trips to discover the hinterland.