The cave of poetry. All about the most beautiful pool worldwide12.08.2019
The enchanting paradise of the Grotta della Poesia is located exactly between Torre dell'Orso and San Foca. Included in the ranking of the 10 most beautiful natural pools in the world, it was discovered in 1983 by the archaeologist Cosimo Pagliara. It is part of the Archaeological area of ??Roca, a popular destination for diving lovers and those who want to travel to discover unique beauties. It is composed of a Big Grotta della Poesia and a little Grotta della Poesia connected by an underground karstic complex near a fresh water source.
Legend's cave of poetry
On the rocks inside the cave there are engravings and signs dating back to the II millennium BC and in ancient times it was a place dedicated to Thaotor Audirahas, a divinity linked to the illnesses healing. A legend tells of a beautiful princess who used to dive to swim in that cave. To admire it, many poets and writers reached the Grotta della Poesia to compose poems inspired by its elegance. In reality, the name derives from the Greek and in fact poetry means source of fresh water thanks to the presence of sources that slide between the rocks and flow into the sea.
Grotta della Poesia how to get there
Grotta della Poesia is located precisely in Roca Vecchia, a seaside town of Salento in the province of Melendugno. It is 20km far from Otranto and 25 km from Lecce. You can get there by following the provincial roads n.136 and n.145. Bus 101 (stop Lecce station / chamber of commerce) is also available which in nine stops takes you to Rocca Li Posti, near Villaggio Malama: from here the Grotto is just over 1 km away on foot.
The best time to visit the Grotta della Poesia is that of the months of June and September. Alternatively, it is preferable to schedule a visit to the Cave at strategic times, early in the morning or at sunset, thus avoiding the rush hours of the chaotic summer months.
You can dive from a height of 5 meters, the depth of the seabed is reduced so it is a quite safe place and not being open sea there is no danger of running into dangerous currents.
You can access the Grotta della Poesia by sea and by land. In the first, accompanied by the expert guides of the VIVARCH association, you go through an underwater tunnel with mask and torch; by land instead you can easily reach it from the road with comfortable trekking shoes.