c Borgagne Village - one of the medieval hamlet of Salento

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Borgagne Village

Borgagne Village is a medieval hamlet of Melendugno Town with two thousand citizens. Located only four kilometres from the Adriatic coast, very close to Torre Sant’Andrea coast, twenty-five kilometers from Lecce and only six kilometers from Melendugno. It is a one of characteristic village of Salento, mainly favored by agriculture and entrepreneurial development related to the tourist accommodation capacity market. Its location facilitates easy transfer on the Adriatic coast, infact the protected oasis of the Alimini Lakes and Melendugno coasts are a few kilometres away. The name derives from a mix of contraction between Borgo d’Agne and Borgo dell’Agnello (Lamb), where “Borgo” was the village for pastoral and agricultural activities, thas is why was added the “Agnello” acronym. The Urban centre of Borgagne was also named Conca, deriving from the morphology of the territory. The nearby towns of Grecìa Salentina were calling Vrani instead, etymologically this word was a derivative of ranis, that is water, indicating a swampy area.

Borgagne VillageHistory

The first documented date from the late Middle Ages, when the noble family Banner in 1314 was owner of the fiefs of Pasulo and Borgagne. As Melendugno, Borgagne Village was inhabited by monks. Around 1497 the castle was built to defend the town. A strong period of growth is due to the Byzantine dominance. In the middle ages were feudal Dynamics characteristics of the period. Baronial and development managers strongly localized in estates, houses and baronies. In the 18th century, the population was constituted by farmers. The mismanagement of State property management in the present case, territory and mobilized the local population. The Administration passed to the municipality of Melendugno. The area continued to be heavily marshy, this bore unhealthiness, diseases and a high mortality rate. Only during the fascist years was reclaimed the area that had by that time a big boost and strong growth.

Geographic information

Typical Mediterranean climate, the scenery of Borgagne Village extends from his small town to the countryside rich in centuries-old olive trees from which the oil is produced the Terra d’Otranto. Place at 16 metres above sea level, the territory of Borgagne presents a number of farmhouses

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