In the historical centre
of Poggiardo the visitor can admire the typical case a corte and also the
Palace , built in the XVIII century on an ancient XIV-century fortress. This
palace is famous above all for a collection of canvasses that is exhibited here.
Othere interesting noble residences are Circalone Palace, Zaccaria Palace,
Episcopo Palace, Pipini Palace and Episcopo Villa, that was built at the end of
the XIX century. The Mother Church was built in the XVIII century on a
XIV-century monument: the fašade is well decorated and it a beautiful portal.
Inside there are eight very beautiful altars and valuable canvasses representing
holy images. An other monument of historical-artistic interest is the Basilian
Crypt of St Mary of the Angels, and it was probably erected before the XI
century. In this ancient crypt with nave and two aisles there were some valuable
frescos and they are now kept at a Museum in Episcopo Square. The Church of the
Madonna of the Cave is a rare example of religious strengthened monument, and it
dates back to the XVI century. The Church of the Immaculate was built in the
XVIII century and it is very simple. The protector of Poggiardo is St Anthony
from Padua, that is celebrated solemnly on August 13th.
The inhabitants of
Poggiardo have two nicknames: "sardÓri" and "licca viddhanzie" meaning
"breeders of Sardinians" and "people licking scale" The former makes reference
to the stupidity of the population of Poggiardo while the latter can be
explained by an unlikely gossip, according to which during the weekly market the
people of this village buy what they need at the end of the market day because
things are cheaper.