|Comune di Valenzano|
Location of Valenzano in Italy
|Coordinates: 41°3′N 16°53′E / 41.050°N 16.883°E|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Bari (BA)|
|• Mayor||Antonio Lomoro|
|• Total||15 km2 (6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||85 m (279 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St Roch, St Anthony of Padua|
15–16–17 August (St. Roch)|
13 June (St. Anthony)
Valenzano is a town and comune in the province of Bari, in Apulia, Italy. It is home to several centers of scientific research, including Tecnopolis, one of the biggest of the Southern Italy in addition to The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (MAIB) part of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM).
Sights include the All Saints' Church, a former 11th century abbey, and the late Renaissance church of St Roch. The baronial castle was reconstructed in 1870.
According to medieval historian Bonaventura da Lama, Valenzano was founded by a Greek man, named Valentinian or Valentian, who arrived in Apulia in the 8th-9th century escaping an invasion of Saracens. Historically, the area was inhabited in prehistoric and early historic times (up to 4th century BC) by the Peucetii, of Illyrian origins, as testified by funerary findings.
- Population from ISTAT