Ugento

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Ugento
Comune di Ugento
Ugento cathedral
Ugento cathedral
Coat of arms of Ugento
Coat of arms
Location of Ugento
Ugento is located in Italy
Ugento
Ugento
Location of Ugento in Italy
Ugento is located in Apulia
Ugento
Ugento
Ugento (Apulia)
Coordinates: 39°55′38″N 18°09′41″E / 39.92722°N 18.16139°E / 39.92722; 18.16139
CountryItaly
Region Apulia
ProvinceLecce (LE)
FrazioniGemini, Torre San Giovanni, part of Lido Marini, Torre Mozza
Government
 • MayorMassimo Lecci
Area
 • Total100.4 km2 (38.8 sq mi)
Elevation
108 m (354 ft)
Population
(31 March 2012)
 • Total12,327
 • Density120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Ugentini
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
73059
Dialing code0833
Patron saintSt Vincent the Martyr
Saint dayJanuary 22
WebsiteOfficial website

Ugento (Salentino: Ušèntu) is a town and comune in the province of Lecce, Apulia, southern Italy. It has a small harbour on the Gulf of Taranto of the Ionian Sea.

History[edit]

The city is the ancient Uxentum, and claims to have been founded by Uxens, who is mentioned in the Eighth Book of the Aeneid. 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[edit]

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

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