The origins of this town’s history are to be found in the 10th century when the Byzantine people fascinated by the geographical position between the two seas (Ionian Sea at 20 km and Adriatic at 20 km) and the mild climate favor a good agricultural production decided to allocate and spinning the country.
The name, if it could well make it think of that of a saint, actually comes from the melting of two words of the Cuban origin: Sand (flowing water) and Donax (canneto), due to the presence of swamp Balsam present in the vicinity of the country. The first settlements, however, seem to date back to Messapic times, assumed by the finding of ceramic finds dating back to the 7th century BC.
Certainly the presence of the Greeks in the territory was due to the proximity to the Greek limit, that is, the shortcut of Via Appia, which from Otranto arrives at Torre Borraco, built by the Byzantines in order to counter the longobard advanced.
Fundamental was the Roman domination that gave the structural impression to the city, whose conformation has developed on the thistle and decumano the Roman classics. They also remarry the peculiar aspects of Roman architecture, more focused on functionality and not on aesthetics; for this reason the city is architecturally very simple.
Due to the presence of numerous domination, the country has a unique artistic style, eclectic, as a fusion of several different styles, which is presented in all its beauty in the facade of the Mother Church Santa Maria Assunta.
Today, the municipality of San Donaci is characterized by its remarkable agricultural production in the olive and oenological field, with the presence of numerous wineries and the social building. The production of Salice Salentino is the hallmark of production.