Porto Cesareo

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Porto Cesareo
Comune di Porto Cesareo
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Porto Cesareo is located in Italy
Porto Cesareo
Porto Cesareo
Location of Porto Cesareo in Italy
Coordinates: 40°16′N 17°54′E / 40.267°N 17.900°E / 40.267; 17.900Coordinates: 40°16′N 17°54′E / 40.267°N 17.900°E / 40.267; 17.900
Country Italy
Region Apulia
Province Lecce (LE)
Frazioni Torre Lapillo
 • Mayor Salvatore Albano
 • Total 34 km2 (13 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (30 June 2012)[1]
 • Total 5,930
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cesarini
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 73010
Dialing code 0833
Patron saint Beata Vergine Maria
Saint day 23 August
Website Official website

Porto Cesareo (Salentino: Cisaria) is a town and comune in the Italian province of Lecce in the Apulia region of south-east Italy.

The area around the sea of Porto Cesareo is a beautiful example of "Maquis Shrubland". Beyond the importance of nature, the sea of Porto Cesareo is of fundamental traction for tourism thanks to the presence of a sandy bottom that remains low for tens of meters and more transparent waters recalling Caribbean atmospheres, as well as due to the large and very long beaches.[2]

The coast is characterized by numerous capes, islets and reefs, among which is of particular importance the large island, also known as the Isola dei Conigli (Island of rabbit),[3] Isola della Malva, Isola della Testa and Lo Scoglio.

The great natural and economic consequence of Porto Cesareo wealth is still represented by the totality of its sea, so valuable that its protection is a National Marine Park was established.[4] In 1971, Prof. P. Parenzan (from the Museum of Marine Biology) found Iris revoluta (a rare species of Iris) on the islet of Mojuso near Porto Cesareo in the gulf of Taranto, Southern Italy.[5]


  1. ^ Population from ISTAT
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  5. ^ Franco, Alain (2 December 2013). "(SPEC) Iris revoluta Colas". wiki.irises.org (American Iris Society). Retrieved 2 January 2016.