Leverano: where it is, what to see, sea and events [2024]

Leverano is a charming town located in the province of Lecce, in Salento. This picturesque town is steeped in a rich history that has its roots in ancient times. Characterized by genuine beauty, Leverano is one of the Authentic Villages of Italy< /b> and known for being the setting for some of the most interesting events in Salento, such as Beer & Sound o Leverano in Fiore. In this article we will find out everything about this magnificent town from history to monuments, from beaches to restaurants and much more.

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Where is Leverano located?

Leverano is an Italian municipality located in Puglia, in the province of Lecce. The town is located in the Salento hinterland, a few kilometers from the Ionian coast , and is easily accessible both by car and public transport. It borders to the north with the municipalities of Veglie and Carmiano, to the east with the municipalities of Copertino and Arnesano, to the south and west with the municipality of Nardò. Its strategic position makes it an excellent starting point for exploring the beauties of Salento, including the historic cities of span>Lecce, Copertino, Galatina, but also the wonderful beaches and many other fascinating places.

How to reach Leverano?

Reaching Leverano in Puglia is quite simple. Let’s see it together:

  • By car: To get to Leverano, you can follow the SS174 Salentina road coming from Manduria, located at a distance of approximately 8 km. An alternative is to take the A14 Bologna-Taranto motorway and exit at Massafra, which is 79 km from Leverano.
  • By train: If you prefer to travel by train, the closest train station is located in Copertino, just 5 km from Leverano, along the Novoli-Gagliano del Capo line.
  • By plane: For those arriving by plane, the most convenient airport is Brindisi, located in approximately 49 km from Leverano, which offers connections with the air traffic network.
  • By bus: Who wants to reach Leverano by bus, you will have to arrive in Lecce and take the Salento bus line 104 (only active in summer).

How big is Leverano?

Leverano is a small town in the province of Lecce on a human scale, small, but well located and equipped. In fact, although it has only 13,695 inhabitants, it has numerous shops, bars, restaurants and clubs, and is just a few kilometers from Lecce and the marinas.

History

Leverano boasts a thousand-year history, which supposedly began in the 6th century AD, when the Greeks took refuge in the area after the destruction of some of their settlements by Totila, king of the Huns.

Subsequently, in the 9th century, Leverano was hit hard by the incursion of the Saracens, but was then rebuilt by the Normans and equipped with fortifications at the instigation of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia in the 13th century. In the 14th century, the defensive structures of the settlement were further strengthened by the Chiaromonte, Counts of Copertino.

Over the centuries, Leverano was subject to various dominations and, starting from the unification of Italy, followed the vicissitudes of the surrounding territories.

What to see in Leverano and surrounding areas?

In Leverano, despite being a small village, there are several interesting attractions to see. Here are some of the main things to see in Leverano:

  • Historic center of Leverano: a maze of narrow, characteristic streets, courtyard houses, churches and historic buildings. It is one of the most well-kept historic centers of Salento and in the spring and summer it hosts interesting events for which it transforms into a romantic, lively and colorful setting.

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  • Matrix Church of the Santissima Annunziata: Built between 1582 and 1603, the church suffered serious damage in the earthquake of 1743 and was renovated in 1747. Inside, there are several valuable artistic elements, such as the eighteenth-century altars dedicated to the Souls and San Rocco, the 24-seat choir, the statue of San Rocco and seventeenth-century paintings depicting the Deposition of the Cross and the apostles Andrew and John.
  • Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and Convent of the Friars Minor: The church dates back to the second half of the 15th century, while the adjoining convent was built in the second half of the 16th century.
  • Church of Santa Maria: Small seventeenth-century building in Baroque style with an important altar in Lecce stone and a large canvas depicting the Virgin and Child between two Saints.
  • Church of San Benedetto: Built in 1625 on a possible pre-existing fifteenth-century building, it preserves a papier-mâché bas-relief of Sant’Antonio da Padova from 1919, a 17th century canvas with the Madonna and Child and the saints Benedetto and Antonio da Padova, a 17th century canvas dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory, a statue of the Madonna delle Grazie and a papier-mâché statue of San Benedetto.
  • Church of the Madonna della Consolazione: Dating back to the 17th century and linked to the tradition of the miraculous discovery of an image of Virgin. The church was rebuilt in 1965 and was elevated from church to parish in 1957, requiring an expansion of the structure.
  • Torre Federiciana: National monument since 1870, it stands 28 meters high and according to tradition it was built at the behest of Frederick II of Swabia in 1220 to guard the Ionian coast.
  • Surrounding farms: Near the town center there are numerous farms, historic buildings that testify to the importance of agricultural activity in the area.

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Surroundings:

There are lots ofthings to see in the surroundings of Leverano, here are some unmissable locations:

  • Lecce
  • Porto Cesareo
  • Gallipoli
  • Nardò
  • Regional Natural Park “Porto Selvaggio”
  • Santa Maria al Bagno
  • Santa Caterina
  • Galatina
  • Copertino

Sea in Leverano

Leverano is an excellent base for travelling in Salento and discovering the most beautiful beaches. The town is, in fact, a few kilometers from the Ionian coast and for this reason allows you to easily reach some of the most fascinating places in Salento such as:

  • Porto Cesareo;
  • Torre Lapillo;
  • Torre Squillace;
  • Sant’Isidoro;
  • Porto Selvaggio. 

What to do in Leverano?

  • Wine tastings: One of the distinctive features of Leverano is its strategic position in the Salento wine region. This area is renowned for the production of fine wines, in particular the famousNegroamaroand the Malvasia . If you are a lover of good wine you will have the opportunity to taste these delicacies and discover the secrets of this thousand-year-old winemaking tradition.
  • Traditional events and festivals: During the year, numerous festivals and events are organized in Leverano that celebrate traditions local and offer the opportunity to experience the authentic atmosphere of the community. Among the most important: Beer & Sound usually in August, Leverano in Fiore held in May/June and Novello in Festa, in November.

leverano in fiore

When will they make Leverano in Fiore?

The edition of Leverano in Fiore 2023 took place on the 2nd -3-4 June. We are waiting for the new dates for 2024!

Where to eat in Leverano?

Leverano boasts a rich selection of restaurants and clubs where you can enjoy excellent local cuisine. Here are our recommendations:

  • La Serra Bistrot
  • Fermentum Pizzeria e Birreria
  • Da Franco, Ristorante Pizzeria,
  • La Vineria n°02
  • CasaBIRROZZA

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