Zollino is one of the most ancient town of the Province of Lecce. Its name come from the Latin “Solino”, little sun. The ancestral tie with the sun-worship, as well with the Divinities in general, is well noticeable from the Menhir and Dolmen: raised up to the sky, these monoliths are today the testimony of a civilization that between the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC has raised the first monuments in our peninsula. Zollino is part of the Grecìa Salentina, an area where there are important archaeological evidence of the time and where the ancient local language, the griko, is still spoken.
The link between man and water over the centuries finds a wonderful expression here. The Pozzelle testify to the inventiveness and the ability of man to use the environment and the resources available. The common and abundant red earth of Salento, used in their construction, trapped the rainwater and filtered it slowly to the bottom of the wells. Here, an impermeable layer prevented water from dispersing and collected it in basins that could hold hundreds of liters.
Guarded in the heart of the earth, the water was protected from the contamination of animals and other external agents. Zollino’s Pozzelle, were also places for meeting and socializing, located along the historic roadways that connected villages and hamlets that disappeared today, tell stories of men dedicated to fatigue and ancient legends…
Why we chose it: because it’s suggestive. It’s told that “Le pozzelle di Pirro” have been built by the homonym king to to water his elephants and his army. You will be able to sleep near this incredible water reservoir, source of life of the ancient people of Salento, and an instrument of development of its flourishing civilization, a place of peace and tranquility where the elements blend and give off vital energy.