In Roma Square there
used to be the imposing Baronial Palace that has been demolished to build new
At Zollino there are a lot of religious monuments such as the beautiful Mother
Church, dedicated to St. Peter and St Paul. It was probably built in the Middle
Ages but we do not know the exact time. The façade has a simple front door
surmounted by a sculpture representing a coat of arms, and it is decorated with
statues of saints. The bell tower is really interesting from the artistic point
of view and it is dated 1893. Inside there are six altars, an organ probably
built in the XVIII century, and very beautiful canvasses representing St Peter,
St Paul, S. John , St Lucy, St. Francis and the Holy Virgin with the Child.
Near the Mother Church there is the Chapel of St. John Baptist dating back to
1538. It was built in the XVIII century, it is aisle less and there is only one
altar decorated with a beautiful painting representing the Baptism of Christ.
The Chapel of St. Vito is small, it was erected in 1522 and after the jobs of
restoration it has only an altar on which there is the statue of the saint.
The Church of St Anne is very beautiful and it was built in the XVIII century
after a miraculous event. Some old people tell that a century after the
demolition of the old church devoted to St Anne (XVII century) an old lady found
the image of St Anne on the wall of an
ancient chapel. After that discovery some prodigious events happened at
Zollino and a church was built. The façade is imposing and it has an elegant
front door, an enormous window and four big niches containing the statues of
some saints. Inside you can admire a valuable high altar decorated in baroque
style and some interesting paintings representing St. Gioacchino, the Madonna
and St Anne. The Church of St. Joseph was built in the XIX century and it was
commissioned by a couple of faithful believers. It is a Neoclassic monument with
beautiful paintings and statues of saints. Outside the urban centre you can see
the Church of the Madonna of Loreto. Inside it is possible to see and admire an
ancient Byzantine fresco of the Holy Virgin Mary with Jesus. Zollino is famous
for its "pozzelle" that date back to the XVIII century: the "pozzelle" are
rudimentary wells dug in the rock to receive the rain-water. The protector of
Zollino is St Anthony from Padua that is celebrated solemnly on June 13th.
is one of the villages of the Grecìa Salentina and the nickname of its
inhabitants "cufiari" comes from the griko and it means people not very
open-minded and introvert. The griko is the dialectal version of the Greek
language and it is still spoken in some town of the Salento.