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A look at Candela


Ofanto River

The village stands on two hills said of San Rocco and San Tommaso, on the southern sub appennine of Daunia. The origins of candela (Cannéla in the local dialect) remain a mystery. The most ancient testimony concerning its existence dates back to 1066. However according to the version of the most accredited The current suburb rose in the period of the invasions Ostrogote-Longobarde, whose raids, Had forced the population of origin bya to abandon a primitive settlement, located a short distance away, in order to take refuge on the hill.

A large part of the development of the Candela is linked to the historic river Ofanto, which divides the village from the slope lucano and campano and by other streams that cross it in all its natural perimeter. In 1531, the death of Filiberto d'Orange, Charles V, granted the great admiral Andrea Doria the principality of Melfi and the containment of the Candela. Under the almost 277 years that the Doria possessed candela, the village became a real point of reference for the whole surrounding territory. In testimony to its growth were built the Church Mother, the Church of the conception and the Palazzo Doria. Many were also the artisan and coveted was his grain. Historically was remarkable also sheep farming. Here flowed the flocks of transhumance after having crossed the great Pescasseroli-Candela tratturo. But an event significant enough the importance that it assumed the village at the time is the stay on the spot of the known Ciccio d'Andrea, where remained until death.

The urban fabric is composed of a maze of steep and interminable climbs and narrow alleyways. Walking through the streets of the Citadel, not very far from the castle, you arrive in one of the oldest churches of candela, dedicated to Saint Thomas. To access the upper part of the village you pass through some doors and on one of these, the Port of Citadel, you can admire a beautiful mosaic depicting the Candlemas. Just outside the village of candela we find Torre Bianca, a seal is immersed in the green, already feud of Doria-Pamphili, which was bought in the nineteenth century by the family Ripandelli.

Among the typical dishes of the Candela are to remember the r’cch’telle (orecchiette) and rocket salad with tough ricotta cheese, cavatiell' and acc' and the maccarunar' with meat sauce.

Municipality of Candela
Province of Foggia
Apulia Region

Population: 2.802
Altitude centre: 474 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
Città dell'olio

Protected natural Areas:
River Ofanto Natural Park

Municipality of Candela
Piazza Aldo Moro 9 - Candela
Tel. +39 0885 653102

Candela, the delightful village of Foggia, where the roots of the actor Pierfrancesco Favino lie.

The hills of South Daunia, the views, the domination of the Swabians, the alleys and squares, the orecchiette, the "ciammaruche", the Mother Church, the successes of Pierfrancesco Favino, the cinema and television and then the Sanremo Festival.

Next or present Events

  • Christmas market
    From 01-12-2018
    To 16-12-2018
    Christmas market
    Street markets

    Add to calendar 2018-12-01 2018-12-16 Europe/Rome Christmas market Candela

  • The house of Santa Claus
    From 01-12-2018
    To 06-01-2019
    The house of Santa Claus

    Add to calendar 2018-12-01 2019-01-06 Europe/Rome The house of Santa Claus Candela

  • San Rocco
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-08-16 2019-08-16 Europe/Rome San Rocco Candela

  • Feast of San Rocco
    From 16-08-2019
    To 18-08-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-08-16 2019-08-18 Europe/Rome Feast of San Rocco Candela

Past Events

  • Candle in flower-V floral Town
    Candle in flower-V floral Town

    As every year, Candela welcomes the masters of the florists who, with the help of many volunteers, adults and children, will realize real works of art: paintings and carpets that adorn the entire course of the country. An event loved by young and old to spend a Sunday in the name of colors and spring.