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Comune di Bisceglie
The harbour
The harbour
Coat of arms of Bisceglie
Coat of arms
Bisceglie is located in Italy
Location of Bisceglie in Italy
Coordinates: 41°14′35″N 16°30′19″E / 41.24306°N 16.50528°E / 41.24306; 16.50528
Country Italy
Region  Apulia
Province / Metropolitan city Barletta-Andria-Trani (BT)
 • Mayor Francesco Carlo Spina (Scelta Civica)
 • Total 68.48 km2 (26.44 sq mi)
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 55,424
 • Density 810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Biscegliesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 76011
Dialing code 080
Patron saint Sts. Maurus, Sergius and Pantaleon[2]
Saint day First Monday in August
Website Official website

Bisceglie (Italian pronunciation: [biʃˈʃeʎʎe]) is a town and comune on the Adriatic Sea, with a population of c. 55,424, in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, Apulia (Italian: Puglia), in southern Italy.


According to one theory, in Roman times there would have been a settlement here called Vigiliae (Vigil). The modern city was founded by the Normans in the 11th century and enlarged under the Aragonese dynasty of Naples in the 15th century.

Ecclesiastical history[edit]

Around 800 AD, the Diocese of Bisceglie was established.

It was suppressed on 27 June 1818, its territory and title being merged into the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Trani-Bisceglie.[3][4]

Main sights[edit]

  • Cathedral (13th century)
  • Church of Santa Margherita, in Romanesque-Apulian style (12th century), with fine canopied tombs of the Falcone family[5]
  • Norman castle and tower
  • Abbey of S. Adoeno (11th century)
  • grottoes of Santa Croce
  • 4 dolmens

Also notable is the naturalistic area of Pantano-Ripalta.

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Bisceglie is twinned with :

Notable people[edit]


Bisceglie railway station links the town with cities such as Rome, Bologna, Ancona, Foggia, Bari, Lecce and Taranto.

Neighbouring communes[edit]

Corato, Molfetta, Ruvo di Puglia, Terlizzi, Trani, Andria

Sources and External links[edit]


  1. ^ Population data from Istat
  2. ^ Source for patrons:
  3. ^ "Diocese of Bisceglie" David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  4. ^ "Diocese of Bisceglie" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  5. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bisceglie". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 992.