Fasano

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Fasano
Comune
Comune di Fasano
Coat of arms of Fasano
Coat of arms
Fasano is located in Italy
Fasano
Fasano
Location of Fasano in Italy
Coordinates: 40°50′N 17°22′E / 40.833°N 17.367°E / 40.833; 17.367
Country Italy
Region Apulia
Province / Metropolitan city Brindisi (BR)
Frazioni Torre Canne, Pezze di Greco, Montalbano, Speziale, Selva di Fasano, Savelletri, Laureto, Canale di Pirro, Pozzo Faceto, Torre Spaccata
Government
 • Mayor Francesco Zaccaria
Area
 • Total 128 km2 (49 sq mi)
Elevation 111 m (364 ft)
Population (1 January 2015)[1]
 • Total 39,913
 • Density 310/km2 (810/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Fasanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 72015, 72010
Dialing code 080
Patron saint Madonna del Pozzo e San Giovanni Battista
Saint day Third Sunday in June
Website Official website

Fasano (or Fascióne in the Bari dialect) is a town and comune in the province of Brindisi, Apulia, southern Italy.

It marks the border between the Salento and the Metropolitan City of Bari. It lies about 50 kilometres (31 mi) from all three of the provincial capitals in Apulia, namely Bari, Taranto and Brindisi. The name Fasano probably derives from the “Faso”, a large wild columbus dove (also represented on the civic coat of arms) which drank from the foggie, which was a type of swamp or pool in the open air formed from the water that flowed down from the surrounding hills. This area where the pool once was is now a communal garden.

Geography[edit]

Fasano is situated in an extended area with secular olive trees and its territory extends from hills to the sea with rich Mediterranean vegetation.

Coming down from hills the town of Fasano occupies a dominant position in the valley which then leads down to the sea: coastal resorts include Savelletri with its beaches, the archaeological digs at Gnatia and a golf course and the quaint fishing town of Torre Canne. The coast is characterized by a peaceful atmosphere that prevails despite growing tourism.

Around Fasano are Pezze di Greco, Montalbano, Speziale and Pozzo Faceto, centres of secular olive cultivation and a range of medieval fortified masserie or farmhouses aimed at agricultural tourism.

Main sights[edit]

Religion-related
  • Archaeological Park of (E/I)Gnatia, an Ancient Italic city and former bishopric Egnazia Appula
  • Church of San Giovanni Battista (Chiesa Matrice), built in the 17th century.
  • Tempietto di Seppannibale, an early Christian church
  • The minaret of Fasano, an Islamic-style construction from 1918.
Other

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population from ISTAT


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