Galatina is an important centre of wine production and famous for the tarantella or pizzica dance.
The most representative monument from which to begin a guided tour of Galatina is undoubtedly the splendid Basilica Minore di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria. Declared a National Monument, it was erected on behalf of Raimondello Del Balzo Orsini in the 14th century and is considered, for the richness of its interior frescoes, second only to the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi. Then continue with a visit to the Chapel of San Paolo and the Parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul, dating back to the 17th century. Often the visit to Galatina is combined with a visit to the nearby village of Soleto, with the Church of Santo Stefano and the Spire of Raimondello.
Typical Galatinesi products: DOC wine from Galatina and the ‘pasticciotto’ (typical Salento cake).