Foggia, Province of Foggia, Puglia, Italy
In the heart of the Tavoliere plateau, the city has a modern look, also because of the destruction from a terrible earthquake in the 18th century and World War II bombings.
It is a communication and industrial center and the main wheat market of Southern Italy. The town is much devoted to San Padre Pio although he was from Campania. Foggia is famous for its watermelons and tomatoes.
Altitude: 74 m a.s.l -- -->Population: ca. 145,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 71100 -- Phone Area Code: 0881 -- Patron Saint: Madonna dei Sette Veli celebrated on 22 march -- Frazioni & Localities: Borgo Mezzanone, Arpinova, L'Incoronata, Cervaro, Tavernola, Segezia
First mentioned in 1069, derives its name from the Latin "fovea", meaning "pit", or huge holes dug in the squares of the city where the grain was stored. The city was also a favorite residence of Emperor Frederick II. An earthquake in 1731 destroyed much of Foggia.
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