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Ponte del Ciolo

Panoramic Point Salento, Italy

The fjord of Salento Ponte del Ciolo

Ciolo is a must-see for anyone visiting the Capo di Leuca region, a natural fjord dominated by the bridge where the coastal Adriatic road that goes from Santa Maria di Leuca to Marina di Tricase runs on. It is a deep canyon created by the water erosion on its path to the sea, offering a breathtaking view and striking colors. The name comes from magpies, "Giole" or "Ciole" in the local dialect, that used to live in the gorge. The high and steep walls surround a narrow bay, accessible by a staircase descending from the bridge to the sea level. The rocky walls are covered by evergreen Mediterranean scrub and typical vegetation like the cornflower of Leuca and unique species of wild orchids. Several caves can be found across the slopes of the canyon. Some of them can be reached by boat or swimming, other are accessible from the land and are famous for fossils and ceramics findings from the Neolithic and Paleolithic, like in the case of the Grotta delle Prazziche. Sometimes at Ciolo you can see the most daring ones dive from the cliffs, or even from the bridge. It is an adrenalinic and reckless show performed by the local people, not to be emulated by the occasional tourist!

Ponte del Ciòlo, SP358, 73034 Gagliano del capo LE, Italia

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