historic centre of Minervino the tourist can visit the typical ‘case a corte’
and the stately palaces such as the Scarciglia Palace and the Venturi Palace.
The façade of the latter palace is very interesting
there is an ashlar portal with a statue representing the family coat of arms.
The Mother Church id dedicated to St Michael Archangel. It was built in the 16th
century in Renaissance style. Its beautiful façade has a finely decorated portal
and a big rose window with elegant decorations. Its altars are in baroque style
and its paintings are very interesting. The church of Our Lady of the Graces
dates probably to the 17th century, inside there re fine decorations
and a beautiful high altar. The Church of the Holy Cross and the Church of St
Peter are simple but certainly worth visiting. The Church of St Anthony is close
to the Convent of the Reformed Fathers. Both building date to the 17th
century. The church has a sober façade while inside there are some elegant
altars, a wooden statue of the saint, a 18th century pipe organ and
interesting paintings, one of those is attributed to Catalano. The Chapel of Our
Lady of the Sorrow is very simple but inside it has some paintings by Oronzo
Tiso. The countryside around Minervino is full of old olive tree and in the
village there were several underground oil mills. In Minervino people can visit
one of the biggest oil mills of the area, it is 700 square meters wide and is at
3 m under the street level. In the countryside of Minervino there are also some
fortified farms dating to the 17th century: in the past there were 16
fortified farms where lived about 100 people each. The patron saint of the
village is St Anthony and the population celebrates him on August 10th,11th
of the people of Minervino of Lecce is “cappiddhuzzi”, which means ‘fine hair’.
upon a time a strange man arrived in the village and he offered the people to
repair their old hair for only a few coins. Many people accepted but the man
collected money and hair then disappeared.