Alessano – Historical background
The town of Alessano, in whose territory the hamlet of Montesardo falls, overlooks the Adriatic Sea with the Novaglie marina. Its origins are uncertain but traces are visible that make it go back to the Messapians.
Recent evidence has been discovered, such as the remains of city walls dating back to the 4th century BC, tombs, foundations of buildings, which show how at that time there was a large urban settlement. On the documents of the Roman period MonsArduus is marked on the route of the Via Traiana. In the area of Macurano there is a rock settlement in which there are the caves that have hosted the Basilian monks with the remains of oil mills.
To visit in Alessano:
- the Mother Church dedicated to S.S. Salvatore li>
- The House and the Tomb of Don Tonino Bello li>
- the Mariano museum li>
- the Church of Sant’Antonio li>
- the Church and the convent of the Capuchin Fathers li>
- The beautiful old town with the typical “court house” li>
- Palazzo Legari li>
- Palazzo Ducale li>
- Palazzo San Giovanni li>
- the Quartire di Santa Maria del Foggiano li>
- the rupresti settlement of Macurano li>