Salapia (also called Salpe and Salpi) is an ancient settlement and bishopric in Daunia, Italy near Cerignola and Manfredonia. The settlement was probably built for and named after the salt marsh - the ancient Lake Salpi is now Saline di Margherita di Savoia. Salapia is mentioned by Pliny the Elder, Ptolemy and probably the "Elpia" of Strabo, but according to Smith (1857) in relation to the later town, and not an earlier original settlement.[1]

Bishop of Salpi

Salapia had a bishop as early as A.D. 314, but the bishopric was later removed to Trani.[2] The titular bishopric "Bishop of Salpi" remained active till the Council of Trent.


  1. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography: Iabadius-Zymethus ed Sir William Smith - 1857 "upon, the Salapia mentioned by Pliny and Ptolemy its well as Strabo, must bare been the new town, and not the original city ... At its eastern extremity, where it communicates with the sea by an artificial cut, are extensive salt-works, which are ..."
  2. Johannes Boersma -Mutatio Valentia: The late Roman baths at Valesio, Salento -2006 Page 43 "Salapia, for instance, had a bishop as early as A.D. 314"
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