Copertino, Province of Lecce, Puglia, Italy
Copertino was the native town of Giuseppe Maria Desa born on 17th June 1603, who became a saint of the Catholic church as San Giuseppe da Copertino.
Altitude: a.s.l -- Population: ca. 22,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 73043 -- Phone Area Code: 0832
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The legend says that the town was founded in the Middle Ages, probably in 924 AD, by the refugees of the countryside around Mollone, Cigliano and Cambrò and Nardò, attacked by the Saracens. The name comes from Conventino, later corrupted into Copertino. In 1088, Norman count Goffredo erected the Parish Church. Copertino was a flourishing commercial centre, whose economy was largely based on the production of olive oil, which was carried to Gallipoli to be shipped to all over Europe. Some of the ancient underground olive presses used well into the the 19th century, can still be visited.