Grotta della Poesia
Salento beaches: Roca Vecchia
In Salento, in Roca Vecchia a few kilometres from Melendugno on the wonderful and mighty Adriatic Sea is the Grotta della Poesia (Poetry Cave). Here the cliff collapsing on itself has formed a real natural pool, about thirty metres from the sea and known all over the world. To reach the Grotta della Poesia, the path in front of you is fantastic, an evocative panorama of high cliffs dropping sheer into the sea. The area, closed to the public for danger of collapse and for archaeological work, is continually stormed by the numerous tourists. Trying the thrill of diving from the Grotta della Poesia is a bit like feeling part of and merging into nature itself, between the cliffs that surround you and the infinite beauty of this wonderful landscape. Above all, the Grotta della Poesia is about immortalising the moment through a photo, watching other people dive from prohibitive heights, climbing back up the cliff after a dive with just the strength of your fingers, having fun with friends, drinking a beer on a day of absolute relaxation, small things and great emotions that make you feel fulfilled and satisfied to the point that you wish the summer would never end. The Grotta della Poesia actually has a smaller, circular sister and is connected to it by an underwater passage. A little further back you can see a column supporting the statue of Santa Maria di Roca.