Volturara Appula

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Volturara Appula
Comune di Volturara Appula
View of Apulia Molise Campania
View of Apulia Molise Campania
Volturara Appula is located in Italy
Volturara Appula
Volturara Appula
Location of Volturara Appula in Italy
Coordinates: 41°30′N 15°3′E / 41.500°N 15.050°E / 41.500; 15.050Coordinates: 41°30′N 15°3′E / 41.500°N 15.050°E / 41.500; 15.050
Country Italy
Region Apulia
Province / Metropolitan city Foggia (FG)
 • Mayor Giuliano Cucciniello
 • Total 51.88 km2 (20.03 sq mi)
Elevation 510 m (1,670 ft)
Population (2003)[1]
 • Total 571
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Volturaresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 71030
Dialing code 0881
Patron saint St. Luke
Saint day 18 October

Volturara Appula is a town and comune in the province of Foggia in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. Once a flourishing city, the comune now has a population of less than 500.[2]


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.[3]


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.[3]


Its bishopric, the Diocese of Vulturara, which already existed in the 10th century, was united with that of Diocese of Montecorvino to form the Diocese of Vulturara e Montecorvino in 1433.[4] Giuseppe Cappelletti gives detailed information about most of its bishops.[4] In 1818, as part of a reorganization of the dioceses within the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies,[5] the diocese ceased to exist as a residential see and its territory became part of the diocese of Lucera.[4] It is now included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees.[6]


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ Comune di Volturara Appula
  3. ^ a b Official website of Volturara Appula
  4. ^ a b c Giuseppe Cappelletti, Le Chiese d'Italia dalla loro origine sino ai nostri giorni, Venezia 1864, vol. XIX, pp. 293-303
  5. ^ Bull De utiliori, in Bullarii romani continuatio, Tomus XV, Romae 1853, pp. 56-61
  6. ^ Ánnuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 1010

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