Francavilla Fontana

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Francavilla Fontana
Comune
Comune di Francavilla Fontana
Centro storico scorcio.JPG
Francavilla Fontana is located in Italy
Francavilla Fontana
Francavilla Fontana
Location of Francavilla Fontana in Italy
Coordinates: 40°32′N 17°35′E / 40.533°N 17.583°E / 40.533; 17.583Coordinates: 40°32′N 17°35′E / 40.533°N 17.583°E / 40.533; 17.583
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Province Brindisi (BR)
Frazioni Bax Capece
Government
 • Mayor Vincenzo Della Corte
Area
 • Total 175 km2 (68 sq mi)
Elevation 142 m (466 ft)
Population (31 December 2008)[1]
 • Total 36,603
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Demonym Francavillesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 72021
Dialing code 0831
Patron saint Madonna della Fontana
Saint day September 14
Website Official website

Francavilla Fontana is a town and comune (municipality) in the province of Brindisi (Puglia, southern Italy). And it's also called "Imperiali Town" after the feudal lords that ruled the town from the end of 16th to 18th century.

Geography[edit]

Francavilla is located in the Altosalento, on the last Murge's hills, and it is equidistant (about 35 km) from Taranto and Brindisi.

History[edit]

The name Francavilla has French-Norman origins: "Franca" (tax-free) and "villa" (town). The specification Fontana ("fountain") alludes to a vision of the Virgin Mary witnessed by a Prince, who hence declaring the town a tax-free haven, according to the local legend.

Main sights[edit]

  • The massive square Castle (Palazzo Imperiali) of the Imperiali family, to whom, with Oria, it was sold by S. Carlo Borromeo in the 16th century for 40,000 ounces of gold, which he distributed in one day to the poor.
  • Mother Church, built from 1743 over a former Angevine[disambiguation needed] construction.
  • Torre dell'Orologio (watchtower), built in 1750.

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population 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. 

External links[edit]

(Italian)