Adriatic coast in Puglia

The Adriatic coast in the Brindisi area is a realm of Mediterranean scrubland and crystal clear water. It is also the setting for some important natural areas that cross into the Lecce province.
First, there are the Torre Guaceto and Cesine reserves, which have 20,000 different plant species, including 10 of the 25 varieties of oak. Indeed, these figures show that those reserves can truly be said to preserve the botanical heritage of the region. Halfway between these two reserves, a little to the south of Brindisi, lies a third area of environmental importance, the Cerano wood.
This, in turn, is close to another of the treasures in the area, although this time it is of a more historical and cultural nature: the Valesio (Torchiarolo) archaeological site.

Bosco di Cerano

The Cerano wood is relatively large and filled with a number of important types of tree. It lies in the Brindisi and San Pietro Vernotico municipalities. Since 2001, it has been protected as part of a special nature reserve that covers 1,158 ha of coastal forest dotted with Mediterranean scrubland and holm-oak groves. Once, trees covered this entire zone, pushing right up to the edge of the sea. However, over the centuries, human settlement led to the wood becoming ever smaller as farming became more important. After this, the farm land gave way to industrial settlements.

How to get there

Bosco di Cerano: take the SS613 Brindisi-Lecce road and at the junction near the Trullo farmstead, turn towards the coast.

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