The event 'Ville in Festa' takes place in Leuca every year on one of the Sundays in May. On the occasion, the gardens of the most beautiful villas that characterize the Leuca coast and the Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo are open to visitors so they can enjoy the eclectic architecture created at the end of the nineteenth century by the genius of Giuseppe Ruggeri, Achille Rossi, Carlo Luigi Arditi, and Giuseppe Fuortes.
The villas that open their beautiful gardens are: Villa Arditi di Castelvetere, Villa Pia, Villa Cezzi, Villa Circolone, Villa Colosso, Villa Daniele, Villa Episcopo, Villa Fuortes, Villa La Meridiana, Villa Licci, Villa Ramirez, Villa Gioacchino Fuortes, Villa Sangiovanni, Villa Mellacqua, Villa Marcucci, Villa Scipione Sangiovanni, Villa Serracca, and Villa Tamborino-Cezzi.
The event’s programme includes guided tours, performances of walk-on artists in outdated fashion, artists’ expositions, poetry readings, wine tasting and local products tasting, floral displays of Salento breed, exhibitions of antiques and boat trips to the caves of Santa Maria di Leuca. To conclude the event is the opening of the monumental waterfall of the Acquedotto Pugliese.