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Francavilla Fontana

(4.4/5 based on 95+ reviews for 5 attractions)
Things to do: historic sites, sightseeing, nightlife
Francavilla Fontana is a town and comune (municipality) in the province of Brindisi and region of Apulia, in southern Italy. And it's also called the town of the "Imperiali", after the Imperiali, a family of feudal lords who ruled the town from the end of 16th century until the 18th century.GeographyFrancavilla is located in the Altosalento, on the last Murge's hills, and it is equidistant, about 35km, from Taranto and Brindisi.HistoryThe name Francavilla has French-Norman origins: "Franca" and "villa" . The specification Fontana alludes to a vision of the Virgin Mary witnessed by Prince Filippo d'Angiò, who hence declaring the town a tax-free haven, according to the local legend.Main sights The massive square Castle of the Imperiali family, to whom, with Oria, it was sold by S. Carlo Borromeo in the 16th century for 40,000 ounces of gold, which he distributed in one day to poor and infected with the plague people in Milan. Mother Church, built from 1743 over a former Angevine construction.Torre dell'Orologio, built in 1750.Twin towns San Giovanni al Natisone, Italy
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