Massafra, Province of Taranto, Puglia
- Altitude: 110 m a.s.l
- Population: about 30,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 74016
- Phone Area Code: 099
- Patron Saint: Santissima Madonna della Scala
- Frazioni & Localities: Chiatona, Citignano
- Official Website: www.comunedimassafra.it
In 1484 it was occupied by the Aragonese army, and Antonio Pisciello was made Baron of the town. In 1497 it was sacked by the French troops of Charles VIII then passed under the Neapolitan Artusio Pappacoda, whose family ruled until 1633, when the feudal rights were purchased by the Carmignano family. 50 years later it came under the Marquis of Oria and Francavilla, and Marquis Michele II promoted agriculture planting olive and fruit trees, and greatly embellished the town renovating the Castle and building the Monastery of St Benedict and the Clock Tower, commissioning works to the best architects and artists of Apulia.
What to see
- The Gravina di San Marco, a steep rock wall where numerous caves open, still inhabited in the Middle Ages
- The 13th century church of Candelora, with beautiful frescos inside
- The 15th-century castle, built on a square plan, with 4 towers, three of them round and a fourth octagonal.
- The Christmas crib, in the impressive scenario of the caves in the Gravina
- The Carnevale Massafrese, with costume parade and allegorical wagons, for one of the most ancient carnival feast in Apulia.