|Comune di Francavilla Fontana|
|• Mayor||Vincenzo Della Corte|
|• Total||175 km2 (68 sq mi)|
|Elevation||142 m (466 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2008)|
|• Density||210/km2 (540/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Madonna della Fontana|
|Saint day||September 14|
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.
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.
- 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.
- San Giovanni al Natisone, Italy
- Population from ISTAT
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