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Country  Italy
Province / Metropolitan city  Lecce (LE)
Demonym(s)  Soletani
Area  29 km²
Province  Province of Lecce
Patron saint  Anthony of Padua
Region  Apulia
Elevation  91 m (299 ft)
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Local time  Sunday 7:05 AM
Postal code  73010
Dialling code  0836
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Weather  12°C, Wind SE at 11 km/h, 92% Humidity

Soleto (Sulìtu in local dialect) is a small Griko-speaking city located in the province of Lecce in Apulia, Italy. The town has a total population of 5,523 and is one of the nine towns of Grecìa Salentina.


Map of 73010 Soleto Province of Lecce, Italy


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 Map

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

Notable people

  • Matteo Tafuri (1492–1582), philosopher, astrologer and physician.
  • References

    Soleto Wikipedia

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