Laterza (Apulia)

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Laterza (Italy)
Country Italy
region Apulia
province Tarent  (TA)
Coordinates 40 ° 38 '  N , 16 ° 48'  E Coordinates: 40 ° 38 '0 "  N , 16 ° 48' 0"  E
height 340  m slm
surface 159 km²
Residents 15,067 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density 95 inhabitants / km²
Post Code 74014
prefix 099
ISTAT number 073009
Popular name Laertini
Patron saint Mother of God (May 20th)
Website Laterza
View of Laterza
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Laterza (in the local dialect Latérzə ) is a southern Italian municipality ( comune ) with 15,067 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) in the province of Taranto in Apulia . Laterza is about 48 kilometers northwest of Taranto , 23 kilometers east of Matera and about 55 kilometers south of Bari .


In the municipality there are remains of a necropolis from around 2000 BC. Later it was the Peuketeers who settled here. The name itself probably goes back to Greek settlers who named the place after the mythical Laertes .



  • Chiesa Madre S. Lorenzo Martire (15th century)
  • Santa Maria della Grazia (12th century)
  • Chiesa Purgatorio (18th century)
  • Chiesa of Santa Maria della Vittoria
  • Chiesa Madonna dei Miracoli
  • Chiesa Saint Philomena
  • Chiesa Sant 'Antonio
  • Capuchin monastery (S. Maria degli Angeli) 16th century
  • Chiesa San Carlo

Gravina from Laterza

Laterza Gravina is a deep erosion canyon of more than 200 meters, similar to the American Canyon. The gorge leads out of the city of Laterza and extends for 12 km in rural areas with many curves and is more than two hundred to four hundred meters deep in some points. Its very steep, almost vertical walls are often used as a natural climbing wall for climbing.


Not far away is the A14 autostrada from Bologna to Taranto. State road 7 , the penultimate stretch of which leads from Matera to Taranto, runs through the municipality itself . The nearest train station is in Matera.

Web links

Commons : Laterza  - 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.