Acquarica del Capo

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Acquarica del Capo
Comune
Comune di Acquarica del Capo
Medieval castle
Medieval castle
Acquarica del Capo is located in Italy
Acquarica del Capo
Acquarica del Capo
Location of Acquarica del Capo in Italy
Coordinates: 39°54′43.56″N 18°14′46.32″E / 39.9121000°N 18.2462000°E / 39.9121000; 18.2462000Coordinates: 39°54′43.56″N 18°14′46.32″E / 39.9121000°N 18.2462000°E / 39.9121000; 18.2462000
Country Italy
Region  Apulia
Province Lecce (LE)
Government
 • Mayor Francesco Ferraro
Area
 • Total 18.7 km2 (7.2 sq mi)
Elevation 110 m (360 ft)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 4,745
 • Density 250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Acquaricesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 73040
Dialing code 0833
Patron saint St. Charles Borromeo
Saint day November 4
Website Official website
Church of Madonna dei Panetti.

Acquarica del Capo is a town and comune in the province of Lecce, Apulia, south-eastern Italy.

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.

Main sights[edit]

  • 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.[2]
  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population from ISTAT
  2. ^ "La Pila di Pompignano", pp. 129-164, in Carlo Stasi, Leucàsia e Le Due Sorelle (Storie e leggende del Salento), Mancarella Ed., Cavallino, 2008, 2012, ISBN 9788890366901