Volturara Appula

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Volturara Appula
Comune di Volturara Appula
Apulia Molise Campania
Apulia Molise Campania
Volturara Appula is located in Italy
Volturara Appula
Volturara Appula
Location of Volturara Appula in Italy
Coordinates: 41°30′N 15°3′E / 41.500°N 15.050°E / 41.500; 15.050Coordinates: 41°30′N 15°3′E / 41.500°N 15.050°E / 41.500; 15.050
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Province Foggia (FG)
 • Total 51.88 km2 (20.03 sq mi)
Elevation 510 m (1,670 ft)
Population (2003)[1]
 • Total 571
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Demonym Volturaresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 71030
Dialing code 0881
Patron saint San Luca
Saint day 18 October

Volturara Appula is a town and comune in the province of Foggia in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. Once a flourishing city, the comune now has a population of less than 500.[2]


Founded in about 50 BC, Vulturaria, as it was previously called, was ruled at various times by its bishops, and by the Caracciolo family, who built the Palazzo Ducale.[3]


The Puglian Romanesque cathedral was built in the 13th century. It has a massive bell-tower with three bells of bronze with a noteworthy percentage of silver. Another church, the 16th-century Santuario di Maria SS. della Sanità (Shrine of Our Lady of Health) was reputedly built by Prince Bartolomeo Caracciolo in thanksgiving for recovery from illness.[3]


Its bishopric, which already existed in the 10th century, was united with that of Montecorvino in 1433.[4] Giuseppe Cappelletti gives detailed information about most of its bishops.[4] In 1818, as part of a reorganization of the dioceses within the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies,[5] the diocese ceased to exist as a residential see and its territory became part of the diocese of Lucera.[4] It is now included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees.[6]


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ Comune di Volturara Appula
  3. ^ a b Official website of Volturara Appula
  4. ^ a b c Giuseppe Cappelletti, Le Chiese d'Italia dalla loro origine sino ai nostri giorni, Venezia 1864, vol. XIX, pp. 293-303
  5. ^ Bull De utiliori, in Bullarii romani continuatio, Tomus XV, Romae 1853, pp. 56-61
  6. ^ Ánnuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 1010

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