Castro, Apulia

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Comune di Castro
Coat of arms of Castro
Coat of arms
Castro is located in Italy
Location of Castro in Italy
Coordinates: 40°1′N 18°24′E / 40.017°N 18.400°E / 40.017; 18.400
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Province Lecce (LE)
Frazioni Castro Marina
 • Mayor Luigi Carrozzo
 • Total 4 km2 (2 sq mi)
Elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Population (September 2009)[1]
 • Total 2,516
 • Density 630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym Castrensi or Castrioti
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 73030
Dialing code 0836
Patron saint Maria SS. Annunziata (principal) and Santa Dorotea
Saint day 25 April and 6 February
Website Official website
Castro Marina.

Castro is a town and comune in the Italian province of Lecce in the Apulia region of south-eastern Italy.


Castro derives its name from Castrum Minervae (Latin for "Minerva's castle"), which was an ancient town of the Sallentini, c. 15 km south of Hydruntum. Its ancient temple of Minerva was said to have been founded by Idomeneus, who formed the tribe of the Sallentini from a mixture of Cretans, Illyrians and Italian Locrians.

It is also said to have been the place where Aeneas first landed in Italy, the port of which he named Portus Veneris ("Port of Venus"). The temple had lost some of its importance in Strabo's day.


  1. ^ Population data from Istat

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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