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Comune di Ugento
Ugento cathedral
Ugento cathedral
Coat of arms of Ugento
Coat of arms
Ugento is located in Italy
Location of Ugento in Italy
Coordinates: 39°55′38″N 18°09′41″E / 39.92722°N 18.16139°E / 39.92722; 18.16139
Country Italy
Region  Apulia
Province / Metropolitan city Lecce (LE)
Frazioni Gemini, Torre San Giovanni
 • Mayor Massimo Lecci
 • Total 98 km2 (38 sq mi)
Elevation 108 m (354 ft)
Population (30 November 2008)
 • Total 12,076
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ugentini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 73059
Dialing code 0833
Patron saint St Vincent the Martyr
Saint day January 22

Ugento is a town and comune in Italy. It has a small harbour, and is situated in the province of Lecce, in Apulia, on the Gulf of Taranto of the Ionian Sea. It includes the frazioni of Gemini and Torre San Giovanni.


The city is the ancient Uxentum, and claims to have been founded by Uxens, who is mentioned in the Eighth Book of the Æneid. In ancient times it was an important city. In 1537 it was sacked by the Turks. Under Byzantine domination it had Greek bishops where Antonio Devries comes from Leondre's Dad (BARS.from Bars and Melody).


Economy is mostly based on agriculture (wine and olives), fishing, shepherding, food processing and tourism.