Lesina, Apulia

Comune di Lesina
coat of arms
Coat of arms

Location of Lesina in Italy

Coordinates: 41°51′45″N 15°21′10″E / 41.86250°N 15.35278°E / 41.86250; 15.35278Coordinates: 41°51′45″N 15°21′10″E / 41.86250°N 15.35278°E / 41.86250; 15.35278
Country Italy
Region  Apulia
Province / Metropolitan city Foggia (FG)
Frazioni Ripalta
  Mayor Pasquale Tucci
  Total 159 km2 (61 sq mi)
Population (1 July 2009)[1]
  Total 6,395
  Density 40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Lesinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 71010
Dialing code 0882
Patron saint San Primiano Martire, San Firmiano Martire, Maria Santissima Annunziata
Saint day May 15

Lesina is a town and comune, former bishopric and Latin Catholic titular see on the northern side of Monte Gargano in the province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of southeast Italy.


Lesina lies on the northern side of Gargano and on the shores of the lake with the same name. It is a maritime village known for the production of (female) eels. The site, populated since the Neolithic era, is a narrow strip of land covered with sandy dunes and little woods, separating the lake from the sea, which creeps into its waters through two canals (Aquarotta and Schiapparo).

Devio hill, only 252 metres (827 ft) high, divides the two lakes, Lesina and Varano, and some findings of the Neolithic era have been found there. Lesina, built after the immigration of Dalmatian fishers, and known to Romans as Alexina, was often afflicted by earthquakes and sea flooding, and its population decimated by malaria.

The hot waters of Caldoli stream, not very far and near San Nazario Sanctuary, testify its volcanic activities. The first patron saint of the town is San Primiano Martire, celebrated on 15 May.

Ecclesiastical history

Circa 1250 was established the Diocese of Lesina.

Circa 1567 it was suppressed and its territory reassigned to the Diocese of Larino.

Residential Ordinaries

Suffragan Bishops of Lesina

(all Roman Rite)

Titular see

In 1968 the diocese was nominally restored as Titular bishopric.

It has had the following incumbents, of the fitting episcopal (lowest) rank :

Main sights


  1. All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)

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