Corsano

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Corsano
Comune
Comune di Corsano
Corsano is located in Italy
Corsano
Corsano
Location of Corsano in Italy
Coordinates: 39°53′N 18°22′E / 39.883°N 18.367°E / 39.883; 18.367Coordinates: 39°53′N 18°22′E / 39.883°N 18.367°E / 39.883; 18.367
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Province Lecce (LE)
Area
 • Total 9 km2 (3 sq mi)
Elevation 121 m (397 ft)
Population (31 December 2004)
 • Total 5,770
 • Density 640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Demonym Corsanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 73033
Dialing code 0833
Patron saint St. Blaise

Corsano is a town and comune in the province of Lecce in the Apulia region of south-east Italy.

Geography[edit]

It is located on the last slopes of the Salentine Murge, facing the Adriatic Sea coast. The distance from Lecce is 60 kilometres (37 mi).

History[edit]

Corsano was most likely founded in the 8th century, during the Byzantine domination of southern Italy, by Basilian monks. Later it was part of the Principality of Taranto, a semi-independent entity of the Kingdom of Naples, and later was held by numerous feudal families.

The most striking sight is the Baronal Castle (17th century).