Faeto, Province of Foggia, Puglia
This small agricultural center, the highest commune in the province of Foggia, is situated in the area called Daunia. The town lies on the eastern alopes of Mount La Difesa, along the valley of the Celone river, and derives its name from the many beech trees (faggio in Italian) and is one of the places where a provencal dialect is spoken.
- Altitude: 860 mt a.s.l
- Population: about 800 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 71020
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0881
- Patron Saint: St. Prospero
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The town was mentioned in a document of the 11th century, and acquired importance in the 14th century when a garrison of soldiers from Provence, who had taken part to the expedition of Charles of Anjou in Italy, decided to settle permanently in a nearby Benedictine abbey, and in the following centuries more French families immigrated to the village. This presence introduced the provencal language, which is at the basis of the local dialect.
In 1440 it was a fiefdom of Valmaggiore, then belonged to the Piccolomini, Carafa, Caracciolo and Di Capua families. In 1863 the Piedmontese army found a strong resistence in the area from groups still loyal to the Bourbon monarchy.