Miggiano is a small
village of the Salento, where you can see some interesting noble palaces as
Palace: that is a XVI century big construction whose façade is well-decorated
and whose rooms are wide. Vernaleone Palace too, dating back to the same
period, is well adorned. Both the have been restored a lot of times so far. One
of the most interesting religious monuments is the Mother Church, built in 1561
and often restored: its façade is very simple and the front door too. Inside you
can see some elegant altars and some interesting paintings representing holy
images. Chapel of the Madonna of the Carmine probably dates back to the XVIII
century, and the façade is very simple as the interiors. The Chapel of St.
Joseph was built at the end of the XVII century. The main façade is very simple
while inside you can see a very richly decorated altar of baroque style.
Outside the urban there is the Chapel of St. Marina that was built on of a
wonderful Basilian Crypt, where you can admire an ancient fresco of the saint.
There are some traces of frescos representing holy images, all dating back to
the XIV century. Lots of believers go on pilgrimage to Chapel of St Marina at
least once a year. St Marina is the patroness of Miggiano and she is celebrated
on July 17th.
The inhabitants of
Miggiano have two nicknames: "mangia paparina" that means people eating
paparina - a particular kind of vegetables- and "mangia miju" that means people
eating millet. These vegetables grow spontaneously in the country. In the past,
during the war, the people of Miggiano used to eat above all these vegetables.
Now people still pick up the paparina, they cook it with the meat of pork and
they eat this dish above all during a feast celebrated on the third Sunday of