Martina Franca

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Martina Franca
Città di Martina Franca
Piazza Plebiscito and the Cathedral
Piazza Plebiscito and the Cathedral
Coat of arms of Martina Franca
Martina within the Province of Taranto
Martina within the Province of Taranto
Location of Martina Franca
Martina Franca is located in Italy
Martina Franca
Martina Franca
Location of Martina Franca in Italy
Martina Franca is located in Apulia
Martina Franca
Martina Franca
Martina Franca (Apulia)
Coordinates: 40°38′N 17°02′E / 40.633°N 17.033°E / 40.633; 17.033Coordinates: 40°38′N 17°02′E / 40.633°N 17.033°E / 40.633; 17.033
ProvinceTaranto (TA)
Founded1300 AD[1]
FrazioniBaratta, Capitolo, Cappuccini, Carpari, Gemma, Infarinata, Lamia Vecchia, Madonna dell'Arco, Monte Fellone, Monte Ilario, Montetulio, Monti del Duca, Motolese, Nigri, Ortolini, Papadomenico, Pergolo, Pianelle, San Paolo, Specchia Tarantina
 • MayorFrancesco Ancona (PD)
 • Total299.72 km2 (115.72 sq mi)
431 m (1,414 ft)
 (31 December 2017)[3]
 • Total48,884
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code080
Patron saintSan Martino
Panoramic view
Martucci Palace in Piazza Roma
Ducal Palace in Piazza Roma
Piazza XX Settembre
A trullo in the city park

Martina Franca, or just Martina (Martinese: Marténe), is a town and municipality in the province of Taranto, Apulia, Italy. It is the second most populated town of the province after Taranto,[4] and has a population (2016) of 49,086.[3] Since 1975, the town has hosted the annual summer opera festival, the Festival della Valle d'Itria.[5]



Located in Itria Valley, close to the provinces of Bari and Brindisi, Martina Franca borders with the municipalities of Alberobello (BA), Ceglie Messapica (BR), Cisternino (BR), Crispiano, Massafra, Mottola, Locorotondo (BA), Ostuni (BR), Villa Castelli (BR), Grottaglie and Noci (BA).[6] It counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Baratta, Capitolo, Cappuccini, Carpari, Gemma, Infarinata, Lamia Vecchia, Madonna dell'Arco, Monte Fellone, Monte Ilario, Montetulio, Monti del Duca, Motolese, Nigri, Ortolini, Papadomenico, Pergolo, Pianelle, San Paolo and Specchia Tarantina.


The opera Festival della Valle d'Itria is held annually in July/August. It presents a variety of rather unusual operas.[5]


Agriculture is concentrated in the fertile lands in small valleys. The Viticulture is mainly based on white grape wine. There are also many olive trees growing, in fact olive oil is also one of the main product of the area. The most common livestocks are sheep and goats, to which is added the breeding of thoroughbred "murgese" horses and the famous donkey of Martina Franca. The most developed industry is the textile manufacturing, that made Martina famous also in the movie industry for a big international film in the 80's. The services sector is characterized by banks, insurances and tourism, especially eno-gastronomic one. It is very common for tourists to visit oil mills, wine-making facilities and cellars to taste amazing local products. One of the most important culinary excellence is the "Capocollo Di Martina Franca" [7] a DOP quality product.

Main sights[edit]

The town has a particularly conserved old town surrounded by stone walls with prominent Baroque gates leading to piazzas and narrow, winding streets. Piazza Roma is the largest square in the old town, with a green space in the centre of a largely triangular grass pattern, facing the 17th-century Palazzo Ducale.[8]


Martina Franca DOC[edit]

The comune of Martina Franca produces a white Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) Italian wine that can be made in a still or sparkling Spumante style. The wine has a tendency not to age well, often turning from a light white color to a darker amber color and losing its fresh fruit flavors after only 3 to 4 years in the bottle. All grapes destined for DOC wine production needing to be harvested to a yield no greater than 13 tonnes/ha. The wine is made predominantly (50-65%) from Verdeca and Bianco d'Alessano which can make between 45-40% of the blend. Additional grapes are permitted up to a maximum of 5% including Bombino bianco, Fiano and Malvasia Toscana. The finished wine must attain a minimum alcohol level of 11% in order to be labelled with the Martina Franca DOC designation.[9]


The town's football team is the A.S. Martina Franca 1947, which are currently plays in Lega Pro. Its home ground is the Gian Domenico Tursi Stadium. The Formula One driver Antonio Giovinazzi was born in Martina Franca.

The local futsal club is the LCF Martina. It was founded in 2009 and its home ground is the PalaWojtyla.


Martina Franca railway station[10] in an important junction point between the lines Bari–Martina–Taranto and Martina–Lecce, both operated by the Ferrovie del Sud Est (FSE). A minor station on the line to Taranto, Martina Franca Colonne Grassi,[11] is located in the southwestern suburb. Another minor stop, San Paolo,[12] serves the homonym frazione.

References in popular culture[edit]

In the novel Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Martina Franca is the setting of a troll attack.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Martina Franca Official Website
  2. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b (in Italian) Source: Istat 2016
  4. ^ List of municipalities in Taranto Province (Apulia Region) ordered by population
  5. ^ a b (in Italian) Festival della Valle d'Itria Official Website Archived 2017-03-30 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ 40610 (x a j h) Martina Franca on OpenStreetMap
  7. ^ (in Italian) Capocollo di Martina Franca Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine (
  8. ^ Martina Franca | Italy | Encyclopædia Britannica
  9. ^ P. Saunders Wine Label Language pg 174 Firefly Books 2004 ISBN 1-55297-720-X
  10. ^ 1768769698 Martina Franca railway station on OpenStreetMap
  11. ^ 1770045597 Martina Franca Colonne Grassi railway station on OpenStreetMap
  12. ^ 1384593442 San Paolo railway station on OpenStreetMap


  • Jewish Virtual Library
  • C. Colafemmina, Gli ebrei a Taranto (2005)
  • N. Ferorelli, Gli Ebrei nell’Italia meridionale, dall’età romana al secolo XVIII

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