Poetry Cave

The most beautiful natural swimming pool

History, culture and nature joined in the unique site of the Poetry Cave


There are breathtaking places in the world, you won’t have any words to describe the feeling you’ll have being in. The Poetry Cave | ita: Grotta della Poesia| is a place like so, definitely!

We were speechless in front of this stunning sight of nature, but we had to stay focused on it.

Actually it was so difficult, but we strongly wanted to shot some great pics.

So, we tried to don’t think about the amazing experience we could get diving and swimming in one of the most beautiful natural swimming pool in the whole world.

Exactly! The Poetry Cave | ita: Grotta della Poesia | is a natural swimming pool located in Roca Vecchia village, on the Adriatic Coast between the cities of Lecce and Otranto.

It is a part of the Marine Areas of Melendugno town and very close to other natural points of interest. Just a few minutes to reach the Two Sister Beach | ita: Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle | in Torre dell’Orso and The Sea Stacks of Sant’Andrea | ita: I Faraglioni di Sant’Andrea in the area of Torre Sant’Andrea (LE).

A little tour on the Adriatic Coast from Lecce to Otranto is a must!

Don’t miss these incredible places, then the delicious typical food made in Puglia will give you the power you need. But before coming at summer don’t forget a sun protection, it will save you experiencing the area.

Archaeology and history at Roca

The Poetry Cave | ita: Grotta della Poesia | is placed in a bigger Archaeological Site.

Next to it there are the ruins of the Castle walls, the sighting tower built during the sixteenth-century and the Sacred Place dedicated to the Madonna of Roca.

But most important is the second and smaller Poetry Cave, some km far from the main one. Both the caves have tunnels to get directly the sea, by swim or a little boat.

The Small Poetry Cave | ita: Grotta della Poesia Piccola | has more archaeological relevance because of the Messapian (but also Latin and Greek) inscriptions rediscovered on it by archaeologists.

Instead the most famous Poetry Cave | ita: Grotta della Poesia | is very charming for its elliptic shape and the bigger size which gives the chance to have a great bath after taking a huge dive of 5 meters.

Why they are known as Poetry Caves?

The name descend from a wonderful tale. Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who loved swim in the clear water of the Cave, so, many poets came to Roca to dedicate their poems to her.

Otherwise there’s also a much more scientific reason why people call them Poetry Caves.

In the Greek language “Posia” is a water source, then probably that gave the name to this site, that obviously has a very long history.

We really advice a little stop to admire this amazing landscape, but also to enjoy the clear blue-green water of the Poetry Cave.

Some important suggestions: first bring your own swimsuit and the sun protection, then very important are also proper shoes to walk on the rock, it’s more safe!

Now, watch the pics we made at the Poetry Cave, start dreaming your trip in Puglia and swimming in its clear sea water!

Click on the map below to directly get the direction by Google Maps.

Poetry Caves | Roca Vecchia | 73026 Melendugno (LE)