Torre Santa Susanna

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Torre Santa Susanna
Comune
Comune di Torre Santa Susanna
Church of Crepacore.
Church of Crepacore.
Torre Santa Susanna is located in Italy
Torre Santa Susanna
Torre Santa Susanna
Location of Torre Santa Susanna in Italy
Coordinates: 40°28′N 17°44′E / 40.467°N 17.733°E / 40.467; 17.733
Country Italy
Region  Apulia
Province / Metropolitan city Brindisi (BR)
Government
 • Mayor Michele Saccomanno
Area
 • Total 55 km2 (21 sq mi)
Elevation 72 m (236 ft)
Population (30 June 2015)[1]
 • Total 10,601
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Torresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 72028
Dialing code 0831
Patron saint St Susanna
Saint day 11 August
Website Official website

Torre Santa Susanna (called Torri in the local dialect) is a comune in the province of Brindisi in Apulia, on the south-east Italian coast in the Salento peninsula.

Its main economic activities are tourism and the growing of olives and grapes.

History[edit]

The Romans had two forts built here after the Second Punic War. According to tradition, in the 3rd century AD a Roman soldier wrote the name of Saint Susanna on one of these towers ("Torre" in Italian), hence the name. After a series of plagues and earthquakes, population from the nearby hamlet took refuge here, giving birth to the current town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population from ISTAT