|Comune di Volturara Appula|
View of Apulia Molise Campania
|• Total||51.88 km2 (20.03 sq mi)|
|Elevation||510 m (1,670 ft)|
|• Density||11/km2 (29/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||San Luca|
|Saint day||18 October|
Founded in about 50 BC, Vulturaria, as it was previously called, was ruled at various times by its bishops, and by the Caracciolo family, who built the Palazzo Ducale.
The Apulian Romanesque cathedral was built in the 13th century. It has a massive bell-tower with three bells of bronze with a noteworthy percentage of silver. Another church, the 16th-century Santuario di Maria SS. della Sanità (Shrine of Our Lady of Health) was reputedly built by Prince Bartolomeo Caracciolo in thanksgiving for recovery from illness.
Its bishopric, which already existed in the 10th century, was united with that of Montecorvino in 1433. Giuseppe Cappelletti gives detailed information about most of its bishops. In 1818, as part of a reorganization of the dioceses within the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, the diocese ceased to exist as a residential see and its territory became part of the diocese of Lucera. It is now included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees.
- All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
- Comune di Volturara Appula
- Official website of Volturara Appula
- Giuseppe Cappelletti, Le Chiese d'Italia dalla loro origine sino ai nostri giorni, Venezia 1864, vol. XIX, pp. 293-303
- Bull De utiliori, in Bullarii romani continuatio, Tomus XV, Romae 1853, pp. 56-61
- Ánnuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 1010