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Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Puglia  /  Province of Taranto  /  Maruggio
Maruggio is a village and comune in the Taranto province in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. The village is located in a natural depression 2km from the Gulf of Taranto, in the north-west part of Salento peninsula. In the village there are 5,426 inhabitants (2013). The nearest villages are Torricella at 6km, Sava at 10km, Manduria at 12km and Avetrana at 16km.TerritoryInlandThe territory of Maruggio extends for 48.33km2 on a level land, with some low-rise hills in the north part of the territory, which reaches a maximum elevation of 101m.There are no rivers, except a little creek, the Canale del Curso, near Castigno, in the western part of Maruggio's territory.CoastThe coast extends for 9.2km, and it is mainly sandy but with rocky parts near Acquadolce Cirenaica and Monaco Mirante.HistoryMaruggio was founded by Gorgolano, a governor of the Byzantine emperor Niceforo Foca, with the union from the ancient hamlets of Castigno, Olivaro, Albano, Roselle and San Nicolò. After it was governed since 1317 to 1819 from the Knights of Malta. Then, in 1819, it became a free common. During its history it has been attacked by Saracens that however destroyed it only once, but no one died in their attacks.EconomyTourism is the main wealth source. Tourism is developed especially along the coast, in the village of Campomarino, that is very famous for its clean sea, for the wonderful beach and in particular for the harbour, that is only along the coast between Taranto and Porto Cesareo. But the economy is tied up to the agriculture too. In fact Maruggio is famous for the oil and wine Primitivo.
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