Soleto (Griko: Sulìtu; Salentino: Sulìtu; Latin: Soletum) is a small Griko-speaking city located in the province of Lecce in Apulia, Italy. The town has a total population of 5,542 and is one of the nine towns of Grecìa Salentina where the greek dialect Griko is spoken.

Sulìto  (Greek)
Comune di Soleto
Plazza and town Church of Soleto
Plazza and town Church of Soleto
Location of Soleto
Soleto is located in Italy
Location of Soleto in Italy
Soleto is located in Apulia
Soleto (Apulia)
Coordinates: 40°11′N 18°12′E / 40.183°N 18.200°E / 40.183; 18.200Coordinates: 40°11′N 18°12′E / 40.183°N 18.200°E / 40.183; 18.200
Region Apulia
ProvinceLecce (LE)
 • Total29 km2 (11 sq mi)
91 m (299 ft)
 (30 November 2014)[2]
 • Total5,523
 • Density190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0836
ISTAT code075076
Patron saintSt. Anthony of Padua
WebsiteOfficial website


In the 5th century, Soleto was elevated to the seat of a bishopric of the Byzantine Rite. In the Middle Ages it was ruled by Count Gjon Kastrioti II (the Roman numeral is related to the Kastrioti dynasty), son of the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg. In the 13th century the Angevine rulers of Naples chose the city as the capital of a county, later ruled by the Castro, Balzo, Orsini, Campofregoso, Castriota, Sanseverino, Carafa, and Gallarati-Scotti families, until feudal control was finally abolished in 1806. Soleto became part of the Neapolitan Republic of 1799 and was a center of the Carboneria during the Italian Risorgimento.

Soleto MapEdit

The Soleto Map, the oldest geographical map in the Western world, was discovered in Soleto by Belgian archaeologist Thierry van Compernolle of Montpellier University on 21 August 2003.

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ Population from ISTAT

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