Just a little over one kilometer (roughly half a mile) away from Carpignano Salentino lies the hamlet of Serrano. Its name derives from the word serra, which means mountain range, as the town was founded atop a fortified upland in the 9th-10th century. Here visitors are greeted by a local artisan who for years has served as the village timekeeper, carefully attending to the town clock tower. In small groups he’ll take you up to the top floor of the tower where he winds the clock which has marked the rhythm of life here in the village for over 100 years.
The town also boasts an important agricultural facility known for its bountiful extra virgin olive oil as well as other local products. Following a visit of the factory we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch of Salentine specialties in the shade of the surrounding olive groves.