Calimera

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Calimera
Comune di Calimera
Location of Calimera
Calimera is located in Italy
Calimera
Calimera
Location of Calimera in Italy
Calimera is located in Apulia
Calimera
Calimera
Calimera (Apulia)
Coordinates: 40°15′N 18°17′E / 40.250°N 18.283°E / 40.250; 18.283Coordinates: 40°15′N 18°17′E / 40.250°N 18.283°E / 40.250; 18.283
CountryItaly
Region Apulia
ProvinceProvince of Lecce (LE)
Government
 • MayorFrancesca De Vito
Area
 • Total11.14 km2 (4.30 sq mi)
Elevation
56 m (184 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2007)[2]
 • Total7,363
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Calimeresi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
73021
Dialing code0832
Patron saintSaints Brizio and Maria di Roca
Saint day29 July
WebsiteOfficial website

Calimera (Griko: Καλημέρα lit. 'good morning'), is a small town of 7,296 inhabitants in the Grecìa Salentina area of the Salento peninsula in Italy, located between Gallipoli and Otranto. It belongs to the province of Lecce.

The inhabitants of Calimera, alongside Italian, also speak Griko, a Greek dialect. The language, folklore, traditions and history of Calimera, like those of the eight other cities in the area called "Salentine Greece", reveal significant Greek influences over the course of time, presumably from the time of the Byzantine control, or even the ancient Magna Graecia colonisation in the 8th century BCE.

In the park, there is a small monument containing an ancient Attic burial stone, given by the city of Athens to Calimera in 1960. At the top of this monument is a motto, referring to the burial stone: "Zeni su en ise ettù sti Kalimera" (in Greek script: Τσένη 'σού 'εν είσαι ετού στη Καλημέρα), meaning "You are not a stranger here in Calimera", which underlines the close relationship and common origins of Calimera with the rest of Greek civilisation.

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  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.