Fasano

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Fasano
Comune
Comune di Fasano
Balì Palace
Balì Palace
Coat of arms of Fasano
Coat of arms
Fasano within the Province of Brindisi
Fasano within the Province of Brindisi
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 Brindisi (BR)
Frazioni Canale di Pirro, Laureto, Montalbano, Pezze di Greco, Pozzo Faceto, Savelletri, Selva di Fasano, Speziale, Torre Canne, Torre Spaccata
Government
 • Mayor Francesco Zaccaria
Area
 • Total 128 km2 (49 sq mi)
Elevation 111 m (364 ft)
Population (31 March 2018)[1]
 • Total 39,711
 • Density 310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Fasanesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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
St. Lawrence Abbey

Fasano (Barese: Fascióne) is a town and comune in the Province of Brindisi, Apulia, southern Italy. It is the second most populated town of the province after Brindisi, and has a population (2016) of 40,227.[1]

History[edit]

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.

Via Appia, the road used to go from Brindisi to Rome during ancient times runs along Fasano's costal frazioni, including Savelletri and is visible today.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

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 municipality borders with Alberobello (BA), Cisternino, Locorotondo (BA), Monopoli (BA) and Ostuni.[2] It counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Canale di Pirro, Laureto, Montalbano, Pezze di Greco, Pozzo Faceto, Savelletri, Selva di Fasano, Speziale, Torre Canne and Torre Spaccata.

Environment[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.

Demographics[edit]

Main sights[edit]

Religious[edit]

  • Archaeological Park of Egnatia, 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[edit]

Transport[edit]

Fasano station is an important stop, both for regional and long-distance trains, on the Adriatic railway. The SS 16 highway "Adriatica" Padova-Otranto serves the town with two exits, "Fasano" and "Savelletri".

Sport[edit]

The A.S. Fasano is the town's football club, and its home ground is the Vito Curlo Stadium. The local handball clubs are the Junior Fasano and Roberto Serra Fasano.

Personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (in Italian) Source: Istat 2016
  2. ^ 40778 (x a j h) Fasano on OpenStreetMap

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