Veglie (Salentino: Eje) is a town and comune in the Italian province of Lecce in the Apulia region of south-east Italy. Veglie is 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Lecce and 12 kilometres (7 mi) east of the sea, the Gulf of Taranto. It is bounded by the comuni of Campi Salentina, Carmiano, Leverano, Nardò, Novoli and Salice Salentino.

Veglie

Greek: Elos
Comune di Veglie
Location of Veglie
Veglie is located in Italy
Veglie
Veglie
Location of Veglie in Italy
Veglie is located in Apulia
Veglie
Veglie
Veglie (Apulia)
Coordinates: 40°20′N 17°58′E / 40.333°N 17.967°E / 40.333; 17.967Coordinates: 40°20′N 17°58′E / 40.333°N 17.967°E / 40.333; 17.967
CountryItaly
RegionApulia
ProvinceLecce (LE)
FrazioniCampi Salentina, Carmiano, Leverano, Nardò, Novoli, Salice Salentino
Government
 • MayorClaudio Paladini
Area
 • Total61.35 km2 (23.69 sq mi)
Elevation
47 m (154 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2017)[3]
 • Total13,947
 • Density230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Vegliesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
73010
Dialing code0832
ISTAT code075092
Patron saintSt. John the Baptist
Saint day24 June
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

Veglie was founded around the 10th century.

Francesco Ribezzo thinks that the name Veglie comes from pre-Messapic vel, of Mediterranean origin, meaning "elevation".

A tomb found in Via Novoli in 1957 dates back to Messapic times. It is displayed in a provincial museum.

EconomyEdit

Its main industries are agriculture, which features olive and wine production and manufacturers. Ice cream is also produced in the village.

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. ^ Population from ISTAT