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Deliceto, Province of Foggia, Puglia, Italy

deliceto coatofarms Deliceto is a small town dominated by an imposing medieval castle, built by the Normans in the 12th century AD.

It is also famous because in the 18th century Saint Alphonse Liguori spent here a long period of his life and here he composed the popular Christmas carol "Tu scendi dalle stelle".

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Altitude: mt 620 a.s.l -- Population: ca. 4,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 71026 -- Phone Area Code: 0881
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History

Already inhabited in pre-historical times, as shown in the present district called "Pesco" by the caves excavated by Oscan populations in the mountain of Elceto, it was later a Roman castrum, which was built in a high position covered with elce trees, from which came the name of the town.

After the fall of the Roman empire, it was gradually fortified for protection against Saracen raids. In the 12th century it was included in the Norman kingdom. In 1563 king Alphonse of Aragon granted it as a marquisdom to Antonio Piccolomini, a nephew of Pope Pius II, who brought to the place an Albanian community.

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Province of Foggia

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