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Grottaglie (Italy)
Country Italy
region Apulia
province Tarent  (TA)
Coordinates 40 ° 32 '  N , 17 ° 26'  E Coordinates: 40 ° 32 '0 "  N , 17 ° 26' 0"  E
height 133  m slm
surface 101 km²
Residents 31,635 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density 313 inhabitants / km²
Post Code 74023
prefix 099
ISTAT number 073008
Popular name Grottagliesi
Patron saint San Francesco De Geronimo and San Ciro
Website Grottaglie
Grottaglie, the Chiesa Madre
Grottaglie, the Chiesa Madre

Grottaglie is an Italian municipality with 31,635 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) in the province of Taranto in Apulia .


The place is 23 kilometers east of Taranto on the Taranto – Brindisi railway line .


The name of the community comes from the Latin Cryptae Aliae , which means grottos , caves and the like. When the barbarians destroyed the small villages of Rudiae and Mesocoro as well as Taranto in 960 , the inhabitants fled to such grottos, where they then lived. This resulted in various hamlets and farmhouses, including the Casale Cryptalearum , which the Normans donated to the Archbishop of Taranto in the eleventh century . At the end of the 14th century, this fiefdom was fortified by city walls.


The most important feature is the ceramic production , which over the centuries has become the main economic source. She mainly deals with bricks , pots and even nativity figures . In the ceramic district, the so-called industrial area of ​​the city, there are more than fifty workshops that have been in operation since the sixteenth century. The most characteristic products are the so-called capasone (a vase or amphora-shaped container of large size for wine or olive oil), the srulu (a type of jug for wine or water) and the pumo (a decorative object in the shape of a pine cone , which is traditionally used at the corners of the balconies). In addition, there is a state art school in the village that has been training in ceramic processing since 1889.

Taranto airfield is located near Grottaglie . The civil part is operated by the airport company SEAP, which is also responsible for the commercial airports in Bari and Brindisi . The civil part is also home to the production facilities of Alenia Aeronautica , which manufactures parts of the fuselage of the new Boeing 787 . Italian naval aviation units are stationed on the military section .

Sons and daughters of the church

Web links

Commons : Grottaglie  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.