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Comune di Giovinazzo
View of Giovinazzo from the sea.
View of Giovinazzo from the sea.
Coat of arms of Giovinazzo
Coat of arms
Giovinazzo is located in Italy
Location of Giovinazzo in Italy
Coordinates: 41°11′N 16°40′E / 41.183°N 16.667°E / 41.183; 16.667
Country Italy
Region  Apulia
Province Bari
 • Mayor Tommaso Depalma
 • Total 43 km2 (17 sq mi)
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (September 7, 2007)
 • Total 20,177
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Giovinazzesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 70054
Dialing code 080
Patron saint Madonna di Corsignano
Saint day April 7
Website Official website

Giovinazzo is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy.


It was a small fortified centre of the Romans, who called it Natolium, maybe built on the ruins of the Peucete Netium destroyed during the Punic Wars[citation needed]. It became later a flourishing commercial centre, that had trading connections with Venice.

Main sights[edit]

  • The cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (12th-13th century), in characteristic Apulian Romanesque style, featuring Eastern and Western elements.
  • Ducal Palace/Castle (17th century)
  • Two columns of the Via Traiana, which however did not pass through the city.

In the neighbourhood is Castel del Monte, one of the most famous castles in Italy.

Notable people[edit]

  • American actor John Turturro's father, Nicholas Turturro, immigrated to the United States from Giovinazzo in the first half of the 20th century.
  • Raffaele Sollecito, falsely accused and incarcerated for the homicide of Meredith Kercher.

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