CUTROFIANO

A locality situated on the Salentina peninsular, not too far from the Ionic Coast, and immersed in a territory mainly cultivated with olives and grains.

Although the territory of Cutrofiano has been inhabited since ancient times and in the Roman era there was also a settlement where Badia is situated; the foundation of the centre came about in the Byzantine era during the High Medieval period.
The choice of its positioning was connected to the immense presence of clay and water necessary for the fabrication of handcrafted vases. These objects were so important that they gave the centre its name (in Greek Kutra, meaning vase).
During the 12th Century, under Norman rule, the village was encircled by defensive walls, but during the siege of Otranto by the Turks, Cutrofiano was besieged the same (1180).
Over the centuries, Cutrofiano has changed, losing its defensive walls and many of its small churches, which collapsed with time.
Things to visit in the City: Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Building), a 17th century work deriving from the previous Medieval castle, which gives a distinctive mark to Cutrofiano’s city planning.
The Matrix Church is dedicated to the Madonna della Neve (Snow Virgin) and was built in the 19th Century on a pre-existing church; in turn built on the site of the first kind of Medieval church of Cutrofiano.
It’s worth visiting the Ceramic Museum, which houses fine art which characterises the economy of Cutrofiano.
Just outside the City, one can admire the frescoes in the Cripta di San Giovanni (Crypt of Saint John).
Uccio Aloisi was born in Cutrofiano. He was one of the main interpreters of Salentina music.

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