A few kilometres from the town are the ruins of Salapia (later called Salpia and Salpi), which was already a bishopric by 314, when its bishop Pardus took part in the Council of Arles. The town flourished from the 11th to the 13th centuries but its later decline was sealed when the episcopal see was suppressed in 1547 and its territory united to that of Trani.
^All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
^On the history of the diocese see Pietro di Biase, Puglia medievale e insediamenti scomparsi. La vicenda di Salpi, Fasano, 1985, pp. 233-254; Pasquale Corsi, Pietro di Biase, Documenti vaticani relativi alla diocesi di Salpi (1237-1544), Trinitapoli, 1994; the entry "Salpi" by Pietro di Biase in Cronotassi, iconografia ed araldica dell'episcopato pugliese, Bari, 1986