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The village's coat of arms depicts a chain with five links, representing the five founding families of Magliano, and a branch of cherry, a tree once common in the area.
The village lies about 6 miles southwest of the provincial capital, Lecce.
On 8 September 1943, the Kingdom of Italy surrendered to Allied forces, ending its participation in the Second World War (although a breakaway state in the north rejected the surrender). The same day a crust was found with markings depicting Our Lady, which is preserved in the Chapel of 8 September outside the village.
Festivals and events
The patron saint of Magliano is Saint Vitus, who is celebrated on 8 September in the Sagra della Friseddhra N'Capunata. This sees the distribution of Friseddhra, a Salento speciality made from barley bread, olive oil and tomatoes.
The Sagra della Puccia is held on 17 January, a celebration of Saint Anthony the Martyr.