Torricella, Apulia

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Torricella
Comune
Comune di Torricella
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Torricella is located in Italy
Torricella
Torricella
Location of Torricella in Italy
Coordinates: 40°21′N 17°30′E / 40.350°N 17.500°E / 40.350; 17.500
Country Italy
Region  Apulia
Province / Metropolitan city Taranto (TA)
Frazioni Monacizzo, Torre Ovo-Librari-Truglione
Government
 • Mayor Giuseppe Turco
Area
 • Total 26 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (31 December 2006)[1]
 • Total 4,207
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Torricellesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 74020
Dialing code 099
Website Official website

Torricella 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. ^ Population from ISTAT