Ceglie Messapica

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Ceglie Messapica
Cégghie  (Sicilian)
Comune di Ceglie Messapica
Coat of arms of Ceglie Messapica
Location of Ceglie Messapica
Ceglie Messapica is located in Italy
Ceglie Messapica
Ceglie Messapica
Location of Ceglie Messapica in Italy
Ceglie Messapica is located in Apulia
Ceglie Messapica
Ceglie Messapica
Ceglie Messapica (Apulia)
Coordinates: 40°39′N 17°30′E / 40.650°N 17.500°E / 40.650; 17.500
ProvinceBrindisi (BR)
 • MayorLuigi Caroli (since April 11, 2010)
 • Total132.02 km2 (50.97 sq mi)
Elevation298 m (978 ft)
 (30 June 2017)[3]
 • Total19,914
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0831
Patron saintAnthony of Padua, St. Anne and St. Roch
Saint day13 June, 26 July and 16 August
WebsiteOfficial website

Ceglie Messapica (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃɛʎʎe mesˈsaːpika]; Brindisino: Cégghie) is a town, and comune, located in the province of Brindisi and region of Apulia, in southern Italy, in the traditional area called Salento.


The area of Ceglie Messapica is located between the Murge and the Upper Salento: its typical elements include trulli, farms, lamie (typical southern single room square dwellings), rupestrian churches, carsic caves, dolinas, specchie and paretoni (remains of city walls), dry-stone walls, olive groves, vineyards, maquis shrub, ancient oak trees, cattle pastures and arable land.


According to legend, it was founded by the Pelasgi, to whom belonged the megalithic structures known as specchie. After the arrival of Greek colonists around 700 BC, it received the name of Kailìa (Greek: Καιλία; Latin: Caelia). Nearby the village were extraurban sanctuaries dedicated to the God Apollo (near the modern church of San Rocco) and Venus (on the Montevicoli hill).

The city was the military capital of the Messapi (the civil capital being located in the nearby Oria), and fought against the Greek city Taranto in the latter's attempt to gain a passage to the Adriatic Sea. The Messapic Ceglie had some 40,000 inhabitants. In Roman times it was already decaying, and in the Middle Ages was a small village known as Celie de Galdo, with a little castle. After several minor families, in 1584 its fief was given to the Sanseverino family, who enlarged the castle and founded two convents for the Capuchines (now disappeared) and for the Dominicans.

Main sights[edit]

Numerous archaeological remains of the ancient Messapi civilization were found in Ceglie's area. It had four lines of walls, the inner one having a perimeter of 5 kilometres (3 mi). The external one had high fortifications known as specchie, which could be up to 20 metres (66 ft) and 60 metres (200 ft) in diameter.


  • The Procession and Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, on 13 June.[4]
  • The Procession and Feast of Saint Roch, on 17 August.
  • Ceglie Food Festival, dedicated to gastronomy, on August
  • Coppa Messapica, cycling race in the Itria valley



  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Ceglie Messapica". Tuttitalia (in Italian).
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ "How to shoot an event as part of a travel story - Procession in Ceglie Messapica".

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