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Giovinazzo (Barese: Scevenàzze) is a town, comune (municipality) and former bishopric within the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia region, southeastern Italy.

Giovinazzo
Comune di Giovinazzo
View of Giovinazzo from the sea.
View of Giovinazzo from the sea.
Coat of arms of Giovinazzo
Coat of arms
Location of Giovinazzo
Giovinazzo is located in Italy
Giovinazzo
Giovinazzo
Location of Giovinazzo in Italy
Giovinazzo is located in Apulia
Giovinazzo
Giovinazzo
Giovinazzo (Apulia)
Coordinates: 41°11′N 16°40′E / 41.183°N 16.667°E / 41.183; 16.667
CountryItaly
RegionApulia
Metropolitan cityBari (BA)
Government
 • MayorTommaso Depalma
Area
 • Total44.3 km2 (17.1 sq mi)
Elevation
18 m (59 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total20,348
 • Density460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Giovinazzesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
70054
Dialing code080
Patron saintSt. Thomas
Saint dayJuly 3 Madonna di Corsignano
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

It was a small fortified centre of the Romans, who called it Natolium, maybe built on the ruins of the Peucete Netium which was destroyed during the Punic Wars.[3]

After the Byzantine period, it became a countship (later a duchy). It became later a flourishing commercial centre, that had trading connections with Venice.

Main sightsEdit

  • The Co-cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (Mary's Assumption), built in the Norman period 1150–1180, in characteristic Apulian Romanesque style featuring Eastern and Western elements, consecrated in 1283 under bishop Giovanni II; under bishop Paolo De Mercurio (1731–1752) it got a thorough Baroque remodeling.
  • Ducal Palace/Castle (17th century)
  • Two columns of the Via Traiana, which however did not pass through the city.

In the neighbourhood is Castel del Monte, one of the most famous castles in southern Italy.

PeopleEdit

  • American actor John Turturro's father, Nicholas Turturro, immigrated to the United States from Giovinazzo in the first half of the 20th century.
  • Raffaele Sollecito, falsely accused and incarcerated for the homicide of Meredith Kercher.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Collenuccio da Pesaro, Historia del Regno di Napoli, Naples, 1557

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