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Inhabitants' name: Trepuzzini

The civic coat of arms of Trepuzzi has a white and golden background and it represents a central big well The Castleand two side smaller wells. About the origins of this small town a popular story tells that in the past there was a place dedicated to the god Bacchus, the god of the wine and of the fruit, and the people used to gather to celebrate him with dances and games. The toponym might derive from the Latin word "tripudium" meaning "exultation. According to an other thesis the centre was founded during the Roman epoch, when some rudimentary huts were built to be used as inns by the travellers. The huts were erected near three wells, so it was called "trepuzze", a dialectal word meaning three wells. In the XIII century the populations increased a lot after the arrival of the surveyors of the near Casale ofChurch of Our Lady of Sorrows Terenziano. During the feudal age the king Tancredi of Altavilla,  incorporated Trepuzzi into the County of Lecce and later it was ruled by the Orsini Del Balzos and annexed to the Principality of Taranto. Then it  was governed by the Corciolos,  the Cond˛s and the Carignanos until 1806.  Also Trepuzzi, like many towns of the Salento, was invaded by the Turks  in 1480.The well-known characters are several. Pietro Perrone lived between the XVIII and the XIX centuries and he belonged to the lower class, however he distinguished himself as a soldier, and he received popular recognition. GiosuŔ Cleopazzo lived in the XIX century and was an excellent poet, doctor and lawyer. After helping a lot of people to recover from typhus he committed suicide.  Giulio Rucco lived between the XVIII and the XIX centuries, and he became an illustrious physician, also famous in England and in France. Noe Maglietta was an excellent surgeon and lived  in the XVIII century. Francesco Perrone lived  in the XIX century, he was a  good chemist and an esteemed poet. He  wrote a lot of works and he got many professional successes.

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