Acquarica del Capo
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|Acquarica del Capo|
|Comune di Acquarica del Capo|
|• Mayor||Francesco Ferraro|
|• Total||18.7 km2 (7.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||110 m (360 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2017)|
|• Density||250/km2 (660/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Charles Borromeo|
|Saint day||November 4|
It's a 5,000 inhabitants village in the Province of Lecce, in Salento, 10 km from the Ionian Sea and 60 from Lecce. Its origins are medieval and it grew around a Norman fortification. later transformed into a castle by the Aragonese.
- Medieval castle. It was probably a Norman fortification around which the village developed in the Middle Ages and was later transformed in a Castle in the 14th century by Giovanni Antonio Orsini Del Balzo, Prince of Taranto. Only a round tower remains from the original four. In the court can be seen the so-called "Pila di Pompignano" saved from destruction in 1982 by the local writer Carlo Stasi who wrote its legend.
- Church of San Carlo Borromeo
- Church of San Giovanni Battista
- Church Madonna dei Panetti, at Celsorizzo, one of the most ancient constructions in the lower Salento.
- Fortified masseria of Celsorizzo. A huge Norman Tower with Byzantine frescoes in the Chapel at its base.
- Church of Madonna di Pompignano
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