Maglie Salento: how to get there, what to do and see, where to eat [Guide 2023]

Among the towns to see in Salento, we cannot fail to mention the wonderful Maglie, guardian of history, art and countless beauties, and an important industrial and economic centre in the province.

It is located between the centre and lower Salento, slightly to the east, towards the Adriatic Sea from which it is only 18 km away. Its location is perfect for a holiday in Salento: ideal for those who like to stay in the quiet Salento hinterland but, at the same time, close to the sea and major points of interest, such as Lecce. The capital of Salento is, in fact, only 30 km away and it is perfectly connected.

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How to get to Maglie Salento

Getting to Maglie is not complicated as it is one of the best connected towns, especially if you start from Lecce. Clearly, as we always like to remember, the best way to get around Salento is by car, especially in off season, but there are connections between the main towns throughout the whole year.

How to get to Maglie from Lecce

  • To get to Maglie from Lecce by car, take the Tangenziale Ovest (West Ring Road) (Galatina-Gallipoli), follow the signs for Maglie – Otranto – Leuca and continue along the SS16. After about 25 km take the exit for “Maglie stadio”.
  • To get to Maglie from Lecce by bus: there are several lines from morning to afternoon served by S.T.P. TERRA D’OTRANTO S.P.A., which take about 40/45 minutes. You can check the timetables here.
  • To get to Maglie from Lecce by train: several trains depart from Lecce station from morning to late afternoon. You can check the timetables here.

How to reach Maglie from Brindisi airport

To reach Maglie from Brindisi airport you will need to arrive in Lecce and from there take a bus or train. Alternatively, there are also buses that run the Brindisi – Maglie route depending on the period: you can check the companies and timetables here.

How far is Maglie from Bari?

Maglie is about 183 km away from Bari and it takes about 2 hours by car. If you want to get to Bari from Maglie, you will have to travel to Lecce and from there take a bus or train.

What to do in Maglie? What to visit?

The Cathedral of Maglie

Among the things to see in Maglie is undoubtedly its cathedral, the former collegiate church of the archpriesthood. Dating back to the 18th century, it has a wide, mistilinear façade. The interior, in the shape of a Latin cross, has three naves and two altars of great artistic importance, sculpted in Lecce stone and hand-painted.

There are several works in this church, but we would like to emphasise the important presence of two ovals painted by Oronzo Tiso: the Madonna with Child and St Gaetano di Thiene in one, and St Francis of Paola in the other. In addition, there are several paintings of some artistic importance. We should also pay attention to the Bell Tower of the Cathedral, which, with a height of 48 metres, is the highest bell tower in the province after that of the Lecce Cathedral.

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Church-Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows

The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows was erected between 1722 and 1725 and became a Marian shrine in 1988. The façade is divided into two orders, while the interior has a single nave with a high altar and six side altars. There are also some valuable paintings and other important works of art. To the side of the church is a ‘calvary’ in Lecce stone built in 1964 to a design by the Magliano painter Antonio Montefusco.

Church of the Madonna delle Grazie

The Church of the Madonna delle Grazie, built in Baroque style, has a simple and linear façade that differs from the typical Baroque ones. Its construction from the first half of the 16th century saw the participation of several artists. The interior has a single nave with a high altar made in 1645 by sculptor Giovanni Donato Chiarello, with small sculptures depicting the Coronation of the Virgin.

Chiesa Madonna delle Grazie.

Church of Santa Maria della Scala

The Church of Santa Maria della Scala was erected where a small church of Greek rite once stood. In fact, it currently preserves some mediaeval architectural elements inside: a rose window, a window and a door. The church was rebuilt by the Conventual Franciscans in various periods according to the availability of funds, which is why it embraces different stylistic choices.

Monuments in Maglie

Among the monuments to see in Maglie, we would like to point out those that deserve special attention:

  • Capece Palace
  • Mongiò Palace
  • Cezzi Palace
  • Garzja Palace
  • De Marco Palace
  • Tamborino Palace

Villa Tamborino

Among the things to see in Maglie, you cannot miss Villa Tamborino, designed for Senator Achille Tamborino and completed in 1874, as the private garden of the palace. The park, characterised by a neoclassical entrance pavilion, has an avenue with an arabesque belvedere and an artificial grotto with frescoed walls dating back to 1881. The park is very reminiscent of English gardens with many plant species and is now frequented by many sports enthusiasts or those who like to immerse themselves in nature.

What to do at night in Maglie?

Maglie is a very lively and youthful town and although it has no particular attractions for the evening, it is still a pleasant place to spend your time. But let’s go to the point, what to do at night in Maglie?

  • dine in one of the delicious restaurants within walking distance of the old town centre;
  • have an aperitif or a drink in one of the cocktail bars (we suggest CUBI or L’ Alchimista Spirits & Sound Lab);
  • take a stroll through the centre’s illuminated streets;
  • go dancing at Industrie Musicali, a disco located 2.6 km away from the centre of Maglie.

What to eat in Maglie?

The cuisine includes many of the typical dishes that you can also find in the rest of Salento. From savoury to sweet, the recipes are prepared according to tradition with genuine and tasty ingredients. Among all the dishes we recommend:

  • Grilled mutton
  • Ciceri and tria
  • Broad beans and chicory
  • Fried broad beans
  • Stuffed aubergines
  • Orecchiette with turnip tops and breadcrumbs
  • Stewed octopus
  • Fried ricotta cheese
  • Fish soup
  • Cassatine with ricotta

Restaurants in Maglie Salento

Maglie boasts numerous restaurants where you can enjoy excellent typical, traditional or innovative cuisine. A wide choice to suit all tastes and budgets. Here are our recommendations on the best restaurants in Maglie:

  • Amélie Restaurant
  • La Palicella
  • Belami – Hotel Ristorante Cantina
  • Joey Bistrot Cafè
  • Santi Spiriti

Centro storico di Maglie

Around Maglie:

Do you want to discover Salento around Maglie? Great, because there is really a lot to do and see in this area! Here are our tips on what to see near Maglie:

  • Muro Leccese 4 km away;
  • Melpignano 5.3 km away;
  • La Cutura – Botanical Garden 8.2 km away;
  • Corigliano d’Otranto 8.5 km away;
  • Martano 15 km away;
  • Cursi 6.2 km away;
  • Carpignano Salentino 12 km away;
  • Otranto 15 km away;
  • Giurdignano 13 km away;
  • Galatina 15.6 km away;
  • Lecce 30 km away.

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