We start out from the old town of Lecce to reach the village of Acaya, the medieval fortified town, where we’ll admire the impressive castle, the boundary walls and the urban plan of the old town that has been left unchanged over time.
In the suggestive square of this village there is only one shop, which serves both as a bar and as a food shop: here we buy, in Salento (in translation, write in Italian and then delete this note), a sandwich with provola and lampascioni (a small onion local, much appreciated by gourmets) or the more classic ham and mozzarella.
Then we head to the Cesine Natural Reserve, a wetland that is home to many species of plants and aquatic birds and today is a WWF protected area.
In the right season, spring or autumn, it is not uncommon to see migratory birds, including beautiful pink flamingos. Today it is one of the very few wetlands still remaining in the region, for this reason it is a WWF oasis.
Break on the beach for a refreshing bathe if the weather allows.
On the way back through Strudà we will visit an olive grove where some trees are a thousand years old with millennial specimens, now almost totally destroyed by the Xylella virus, but which testify the difference between a past in which we took care of the earth and a present in which the earth is neglected.
Return to Lecce in the afternoon.