The Palazzo Baronale Dellanos, better known as the Galugnano Castle, is a noteworthy structure dating back to the 1400’s, a two-storey buiding with a quadrangular layout, with a surface area of approximately a 2500 square metres and an internal garden of around 700 square metres, with four roads encircling the perimeter walls.
The castle is situated in the Commune of Galugnano, just outside Lecce.
It is believed that the Messapians founded the town. Throughout the centuries it was then ruled by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines – until the feudal period. It is thanks to Ramirez Dellanos, a Spaniard, who bought the castle in 1587 and brought it to its present form, carrying out major works to extend the Palazzo.
The Castle is in the heart of the town, and is mentioned in many history books, books on architecture, and websites detailing the castles of Italy.
The Castle is currently owned by the Scupola family, who, throughout the years has carried out important structural works, meticulously reconstructing the architectural details weathered by time.
The vast halls, the chambers with frescos and huge fireplaces, all evoke times gone by – whilst the large glass windows under the verandas overlooking the garden allow the light to shine in on the white Leccese stone, of which the Castle is predominantly built. The flooring is intact, with old inlay flooring and wood weave floors that give warmth to the large halls.
The Castle’s electrical and heating systems are certified – the electrical system has been divided into sections with meters on each floor.
Walking into the evocative square-shaped garden with palm trees and creepers, with only the fountain to break the silence, feels like walking straight into the past.
External halogen up-lighters illuminate the Castle’s architectural features.
The Castle is situated in a very strategic position. It is in the heart of the Salento, just outside Lecce, almost equidistant from the Adriatic and Ionian coast, and from Otranto and Gallipoli.
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