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Comune di Adelfia
Adelfia is located in Italy
Location of Adelfia in Italy
Coordinates: 41°00′N 16°52′E / 41.000°N 16.867°E / 41.000; 16.867Coordinates: 41°00′N 16°52′E / 41.000°N 16.867°E / 41.000; 16.867
Country Italy
Region Apulia
Metropolitan city Bari (BA)
Frazioni Canneto, Montrone
 • Mayor Giuseppe Cosola
 • Total 33.81 km2 (13.05 sq mi)
Elevation 154 m (505 ft)
Population (15 January 2018)[1]
 • Total 19,366
 • Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Adelfiesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 70010
Dialing code 080
Patron saint St. Tryphon
Saint day 10 November
Website Official website

Adelfia (meaning 'brothers', in Greek; Barese: Adélfie) is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. The town is a combination of two smaller towns, being Montrone and Canneto.


The urban center is constituted by two former villages (Canneto and Montrone) that were separated for a long time. Canneto was founded by the Normans of Robert Guiscard between 1080 and 1090, on the place of an ancient center (probably to be identified with Celiae), documented from ceramics and more recent graves from the 4th century. Montrone was founded in 980 by Greek refugees. Both had been subdued to varied feudal lords until 1806, when feudalism was abolished in the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. The two centers were united in 1927 under the artificial name of Adelfia, from the Greek term adelphòs, meaning brotherhood.

Between the 19th and the 20th century they suffered a considerable emigration towards the United States. The city life is today mainly connected to that of the nearby Bari.


  1. ^ Population data from ISTAT