The seaside territory of Apulia is crossed, from inland toward the sea, by a series of "lame". I'm not sure of the term in English, but these are naturally formed waterways that serve to carry excess water down to the sea in the case of heavy rains. They normally look like dry riverbeds. They are protected natural environments and it is illegal to build in them, which only makes sense...your house might be washed away come the next heavy rain!
Lama Cupa runs through the south side of town and ends at the Prima Cala beach. The bridge in this photo crosses Lama Cupa as you enter into town from the south on Highway 16.