The noblewoman Maria Giulia Trojani left the property to the Spirito Santo Monastery in her will in 1735.
The 1756 Land Registry records it as belonging to the Feudo Concordato of Oria. In 1866 the monastery was
abolished and expropriated and since then Cicella Farmhouse has changed ownership several times and now
belongs to Archidamo III Farm.
The name Cicella has two possible derivations, the first being a surname that was very common from the 13th
to the 15th centuries in the Salento region and the second from “Ci”, meaning place and “Cella” perhaps
from the Etruscan, meaning the mortuary room of a deified individual.
The latter reinforces the hypothesis of King Archidamo III’s possible burial in the vicinity of these
ancient buildings, as described by Rosario Giuseppe Coco in his work “Manduria between Taranto and the Cape of Otranto”
(published by Giulia Selvaggi, Manduria 2009).
Archeological studies and research moreover have brought to light a large quantity of Truddi (stone houses)
and flints in the Manduria region including the Cicella area, indicating that these regions
were already inhabited during the Stone Age.