|Comune di Carpino|
|• Mayor||Manzo Rocco since 29/May/2007|
|• Total||82.49 km2 (31.85 sq mi)|
|Elevation||147 m (482 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2003)|
|• Density||56/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Saint Cyril|
Carpino is a coastal town and comune of the Italian region of Puglia on the Gargano peninsula. Its name is linked to the rebirth of the traditional popular music of Gargano as an artistic value to preserve and study. The group "Cantori di Carpino" (Carpino Singers), by reinterpreting ancient tarantellas, enabled the development of a broadly articulated project regarding traditional popular music of southern Italy.
The town's main square "Piazza del Popolo is the historic home of the festival of folk music and its influences. Il Carpino Folk Festival is an event that includes the container inside, under the same unifying logo, performing arts, especially music, dance and theater of popular roots, but also workshops, conferences, roundtables, workshops, presentations of literature and cinema with a full program of live performances, original and energetic show that the richness and musical diversity of an area that has many natural resources, landscape and historical importance and artistic quality of great intrinsic, although not yet fully exploited in a structured, integrated and accessible in order to represent real strategic factors in the economic and social development.
Located on a rise rich with well tended olive trees, Carpino is nicknamed "Città dell’olio" (City of Oil) because of its vocation in producing oil. Noteworthy are the archaeological site of the "grotte di Minutille" (the Minutille caves), the Church of the Holy Cross, the Church of Saint George and the Church of Saint Cyril.
The town is first mentioned in historical records in 1158, in a bull of pope Adrian IV, with which the abbey of Monte Sacro obtained privileges on the church of St. Peter e St. Mary near the "castellum capralis", a location identifiable as the municipality, as subsequently confirmed from historical documents.
Notes and references
- All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
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