Martano

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Martano
Comune di Martano
The old city
The old city
Location of Martano
Martano is located in Italy
Martano
Martano
Location of Martano in Italy
Martano is located in Apulia
Martano
Martano
Martano (Apulia)
Coordinates: 40°12′N 18°18′E / 40.200°N 18.300°E / 40.200; 18.300Coordinates: 40°12′N 18°18′E / 40.200°N 18.300°E / 40.200; 18.300
CountryItaly
Region Apulia
ProvinceLecce (LE)
FrazioniNone
Government
 • MayorFabio Tarantino
Area
 • Total22.25 km2 (8.59 sq mi)
Elevation
92 m (302 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total9,087
 • Density410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Martanesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
73025
Dialing code0836
Patron saintSaint Dominic and Our Lady of the Assumption
Saint dayAugust 8 and 15
WebsiteOfficial website

Martano (Griko: Μαρτάνα, translit. Martána; Salentino: Martanu) is a town and comune of 9,573 inhabitants in the province of Lecce in Apulia, Italy, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Lecce and 18 kilometres (11 mi) from Otranto. It is the biggest town of Grecìa Salentina, a Greek-speaking area where the elders can also speak an ancient dialect called Griko.

Sights[edit]

The main attraction is the medieval castle in the old town centre, largely rebuilt in the 15th century retaining some features of the previous century, while the biggest churches are those devoted to the Mother of the Assumption and to Madonna del Rosario. The town also owns the highest menhir in Apulia, Santu Totaru menhir, at 4.80 metres (15.7 ft), and an ancient Cistercians monastery devoted to the Mother of the Consolation.

Notable people[edit]


  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.