Grottaglie Today

Grottaglie today is a city rich in museums, churches and various works of ceramics which make it appreciated from a cultural point of view. It is also able to offer the enhancement of the typical products of the agro-food sector and a really suggestive way to admire the wonderful landscape of the Salento hinterland through…

Second postwar period

Grottaglie resumed a real growth and economic stability, focusing mainly on ceramics and agriculture, which has allowed it to be recognized today as the “City of Ceramics” or the “City of Grapes”.

18th century BC

In the years of the Risorgimento, the caves once again became a source of refuge for brigands, turning the village into one of the main centres of the phenomenon of brigandage. Famous, in fact, is the Caverna del brigante Ciro Annicchiarico (famous brigante born in Grottaglie and called in dialect “Papa Ggiro“). This period led…

15th – 17th century BC

Difficulties and political crises led to a “cohabitation” of two different feudal jurisdictions: a bishopric and a lay one. This bond weighed negatively during the Bourbon reign due to the numerous power struggles between bishops and lay feudal lords who dragged the village down to the abolition of feudalism.

Middle Age – 11th century BC

This is recovery period for the town. Normans decided to donate the “Casale Cryptalearum” and all its goods to the Archiepiscopal Canteen of Taranto, starting a large economic cycle and strongly linking the social, political and religious life conditions of the town to the Taranto archbishops. The archbishopric played a role of fundamental importance for…

4th – 3rd century AC

With the arrival of the Romans in the village they began to build canals and aqueducts, which guaranteed important benefits to the community. Later, however, the fall of the Roman Empire and the subsequent barbarian incursions led Grottaglie to go through a period of economic and social difficulties.

Palaeolithic age – 9th century AC

Since the Palaeolithic age, man and cattle have lived in the Grottaglie’s caves, rich in natural ravines where they could find shelter, water and flora necessary to provide food for the pets and to ensure their survival. When the Saracens attacked southern Italy, many people fled and took refuge in the caves of this territory,…