Mesagne, Province of Brindisi, Puglia, Italy
Situated in the Salento hinterland at 40 km from the Ionian sea and 15 km from the Adriatic along the ancient Roman Via Appia, it is a town rich in art, especially of the Baroque period. The economy relies mainly on tourism and the cultivation of olives and grapes.
Altitude: 72 a.s.l -- Population: ca. 28,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 72023 -- Phone Area Code: 0831 -- Patron Saint: Madonna del Carmine celebrated on 16 July
It was already a center of importance of the Messapian populations that inhabited the area since the 12th century BC, but decayed in Roman times and was subsequently destroyed in the age of invasions. A revival began under the Normans in the 12th century AD, and in the 15th century if was a fiefdom of the Taranto princes.
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