Torricella, Apulia

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Torricella
Comune di Torricella
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Torricella
Torricella is located in Italy
Torricella
Torricella
Location of Torricella in Italy
Torricella is located in Apulia
Torricella
Torricella
Torricella (Apulia)
Coordinates: 40°21′N 17°30′E / 40.350°N 17.500°E / 40.350; 17.500
CountryItaly
RegionApulia
ProvinceTaranto (TA)
FrazioniMonacizzo, Torre Ovo-Librari-Truglione
Government
 • MayorMichele Schifone
Area
 • Total26.93 km2 (10.40 sq mi)
Elevation
32 m (105 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2015)[3]
 • Total4,500
 • Density170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Torricellesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
74020
Dialing code099
WebsiteOfficial website

Torricella (Brindisino: Turricèdda) is a town and comune in the province of Taranto, in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. It is home to a large tuff castle from the 15th century, one of the best preserved in the region.

It is mostly an agricultural center, with production of olives and olive oil, wine, wheat, figs and sheep husbandry.

History[edit]

The settlement's origins date to the 11th century, when a group of shepherds and peasants abandoned the coast (where is now the archaeological site of Torre Ovo) to seek protection against the Saracen raids. To crypt of the Santissima Trinità church (12th century) is from that period.

In 1407 it was held by the Capitignano family, which was followed by the Santoro, Montagnese and Muscettola. After the abolition of feudalism in the early 19th century, it was part of Sava and then Lizzano, becoming an autonomous comune in 1954.

References[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.
  3. ^ Population from ISTAT