Fasano

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Fasano
Comune
Comune di Fasano
Coat of arms of Fasano
Coat of arms
Fasano is located in Italy
Fasano
Fasano
Location of Fasano in Italy
Coordinates: 40°50′N 17°22′E / 40.833°N 17.367°E / 40.833; 17.367
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Province Brindisi (BR)
Frazioni Torre Canne, Pezze di Greco, Montalbano, Speziale, Selva di Fasano, Savelletri, Laureto, Canale di Pirro, Pozzo Faceto, Torre Spaccata
Government
 • Mayor Pasquale di Bari (PdL)
Area
 • Total 128 km2 (49 sq mi)
Elevation 111 m (364 ft)
Population (31 October 2008)[1]
 • Total 38,463
 • Density 300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Demonym Fasanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 72015, 72010
Dialing code 080
Patron saint Madonna del Pozzo e San Giovanni Battista
Saint day Third Sunday in June
Website Official website

Fasano (Fascióne in Bari dialect) is a town and comune in the province of Brindisi, Apulia, southern Italy.

It marks the border between the Altosalento and the province of Bari. It is equidistant, about 50 kilometres (31 mi), from three of the provincial capitals in Puglia, namely Bari, Taranto and Brindisi. The name Fasano probably derives from the “Faso”, large wild columbus doves (also represented on the civic coat of arms) which drunk from the foggie, which was a type of swamp or pool in the open air formed from the water that flowed down from the surrounding hills. This area where the pool once was is now a communal garden.

Geography[edit]

Fasano is situated in an extended area with secular olive trees and its territory extends from hills to the sea with rich Mediterranean vegetation.

Coming down from hills the town of Fasano occupies a dominant position in the valley which then leads down to the sea: coastal resorts include Savelletri with its beaches, the archaeological digs at Gnatia and a golf course and the quaint fishing town of Torre Canne. The coast is characterized by a peaceful atmosphere that prevails despite growing tourism.

Around Fasano are Pezze di Greco, Montalbano, Speziale and Pozzo Faceto, centres of secular olive cultivation and a range of medieval fortified masserie or farmhouses aimed at agricultural tourism.

Main sights[edit]

  • The minaret of Fasano, an Islamic-style construction from 1918.
  • Church of San Giovanni Battista (Chiesa Matrice), built in the 17th century.
  • Torrione delle Fogge, the last remaining tower of the original eleven ones.
  • Dolmen of Montalbano
  • Archaeological Park of Gnatia
  • Tempietto di Seppannibale, an early Christian church
  • the Selva di Fasano, today a garden with villas
  • original trulli houses
  • zoo safari Fasanolandia, the first of its kind in Europe

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population from ISTAT


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