Zollino is a small town and of 2,194 inhabitants in the province of comune Lecce in Apulia, Italy. It is one of the nine towns of Grecìa Salentina, which still keeps Greek language and traditions.
History [ edit ]
Zollino's territory was settled in pre-historic times, as attested by the presence of
dolmens and menhirs in the area. Its foundation origin is not clear: it could be a Iapygian colony from the nearby Apigliano, or a rural offshoot of Soleto. In historical ancient times it was an important trade centre between the Ionian and the Adriatic coasts.
In the Middle Ages, it belonged to the
county of Lecce founded by the Hauteville Normands. In 1190 king Tancred of Sicily donated it to Berlinghiero Chiaromonte. After belonging to the Principality of Taranto, in 1463 it became a possession of Raimondello Orsini del Balzo. Afterwards the latter's death Zollino was again a direct royal possession and, later, a fief of the Granafei marquisses of Sternatia.
Main sights [ edit ]
Mother Church of Saints Peter and Paul
Menhir S. Anna
The hypogeum oil mill
Church of S. Anna
Pozzelle Church of Saint Joseph
Church of Madonna of Loreto
Transportation [ edit ]
Zollino has a station on the
Lecce- Gallipoli and Zollino- Gagliano del Capo railroads, served by the Ferrovie del Sud Est.
By road, it can be reached through the Lecce-
Maglie SS16 Adriatica state road.
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