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Roccaforzata (Italy)
Country Italy
region Apulia
province Tarent  (TA)
Coordinates 40 ° 26 '  N , 17 ° 23'  E Coordinates: 40 ° 26 '16 "  N , 17 ° 23' 23"  E
height 145  m slm
surface 5.0 km²
Residents 1,806 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density 361 inhabitants / km²
Post Code 74020
prefix 099
ISTAT number 073023
Popular name Rocchesi
Patron saint Madonna della Camera (July 20)
Website Roccaforzata

Roccaforzata is a south-eastern Italian municipality with 1806 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) in the province of Taranto in Apulia . The municipality is located about 13.5 kilometers east-southeast of Taranto on the edge of the Murgia . Roccaforzata is part of the Unione dei Comuni di Montedoro .


1507 received the stratiot captain Lazzaro Mattes (or Lazaro Mathes) for his services to the crown of Ferdinand III. , King of Naples , the "Casali" Roccaforzata, San Martino and Belvedere (extinct) with the privilege of allowing his Albanian compatriots to settle them.

1519 was the concession of Johanna III. , Queen of Naples (1516–1555) confirmed. After the death of Lazzaro Mattes, he was followed by his son Giovannangelo, who married Porphida Muzaka (also: Porfida Musciacchio), probably the daughter of Gjin Muzaka . The indebted Giovannangelo was forced by Giulio Cesare Brancaccio (1515–1586), his creditor, by decree of the royal chamber to sell the two Casali that were bought by Gabriele Scorna. He was followed in 1559 by his son Scipione, who in addition to San Martino and Roccaforzata also owned the Casali San Chirico and Cosentino in Basilicata , which were inhabited by Albanians . When Scipione withdrew to San Chirico, he sold San Martino and Roccaforzata to Geronimo Forza. After Geronimo's death, he was followed by his son Callisto and then Ferrante.

After disputes over inheritance, the two Casali went to the captain Nicolò Renes on November 20, 1612. After his death in 1617 he was followed by his nephew Busicchio Renesi from Zadar in northern Dalmatia , who in 1656 gave the two Casali as a dowry to his daughter Giustina for her marriage to Doctor Carlo Marino of Taranto.

In the second half of the 17th century, the Casali belonged to the aristocratic Ungaro family, which in 1698 were sold to Domenico Chiurlia, Marchese von Lizzano . The Casali remained in the family's possession until 1804 when the feudal system was declared extinct.



The Strada Statale 7ter Salentina runs through the municipality .


  • F. Antonio Primaldo Coco: Casali Albanesi nel Tarentino . Grottaferrata 1921 (Italian, [PDF; accessed on March 13, 2017]).

Web links

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


  1. Casali (singular casale) is the Italian name for a house or a group of houses in the country.

Individual evidence

  1. Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.
  2. a b Casali Albanesi nel Tarentino, p. 58
  3. Storia di Roccaforzata. In: Retrieved September 11, 2017 (Italian).
  4. ^ Robert Elsie : 515 John Musachi: Brief Chronicle on the Descendants of our Musachi Dynasty. In: Retrieved September 11, 2017 .
  5. a b c Casali Albanesi nel Tarentino, p. 59