Porto Cesareo

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Porto Cesareo
Comune di Porto Cesareo
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
 • Total 34 km2 (13 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (November 2008)[1]
 • Total 5,502
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cesarini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 73010
Dialing code 0833
ISTAT code 075097
Patron saint Beata Vergine Maria
Saint day 23 August
Website Official website

Porto Cesareo 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 Big Island, also known as the "Island of rabbits".[3]

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]

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  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.