It is a quiet village in the South of Italy, surrounded by a countryside rich in olive trees, fig trees, almond trees and other plantations. It has got about 6000 inhabitants and belongs to a geographical and cultural area called "Greca Salentina". It comprises a group of villages which were ancient Greek colonies, where a heritage of the Greek colonization can be found in the local language called "Griko" tha is still spoken here. In Corigliano there are some places of historical and artistic interest, such as "St. Nicholas's Church", showing traces of Renaissance architecture, and The Castle - Castello de' Monti" - an imposing fortress rising in the very centre of the village, characterized by an extraordinary Baroque facade. It resisted the assault by the Turks in 1480.