Encyclopedia of Southern Italy – F


Fabian (Fabianus), St.: Pope (rAD Jan 10, 236-Jan 20, 250). He was a native of Rome.

Fabrizia (VV): A commune in the province of Vibo Valentia.

Faetar: a rare dialect of Franco-Provençal spoken in only 2 isolated towns (Faeto/Fayet and Celle di San Vito) in the province of Foggia. It has an estimated 1,400 speakers worldwide, only about 600 still living in Puglia. The language has no written tradition. The dialect was originally brought to Apulia in the 14th century by immigrants from the department of Ain, in SE France.

Faeto (FG): A commune in the province of Foggia. Population: 689 (2006e).

Faggiano (TA): A commune in the province of Taranto.

Fagnano Alto (AQ): A commune in the province of L‘Aquila. Population: 452 (2006e).

Fagnano Castello >(CS): A commune in the province of Cosenza. Population: 4,073 (2006e).

Faicchio (BN): A commune in the province of Benevento. Population: 3,814 (2007e); 3,845 (2006e).

Falciano del Massico (CE): A commune in the province of Caserta. Population: 3,807 (2006e).

Falconara Albanese >(CS): A commune in the province of Cosenza. Population: 1,384 (2006e).

Falcone (ME): A commune in the province of Messina. Population: 2,946 (2006e).

Falconieri (or Falconiero), Andrea: b. 1585 or 1586, Naples. d. 29 July, 1656, Naples. Composer and lutenist. At the court of Parma from 1604 until 1614, then elsewhere in northern Italy, at Rome, and late in life at Naples; travels in Spain and France from 1621 until 1628; from 1639 lutenist, from 1647 maestro di cappella at the royal chapel at Naples. Compositions include songs and instrumental music.

Falconio, Diomede: (b. Sept. 20, 1842, Pescocostanzo (AQ); d. Feb. 8, 1917, Rome). (See Full Page)

Falerian Wine: A wine produced in the Falerian district (Falernus ager) of ancient Campania. It was highly prized in Roman times.

Falerna (CZ): A commune in the province of Catanzaro. Population: 3,938 (2006e).

Falernus ager (Falernum): an ancient district located in the northern part of the modern province of Campanian province of Caserta. It is mentioned in the writings of Pliny the Elder. The Falernus ager was famous for its wines in ancient times.

Fallo (CH): A commune in the province of Chieti. Population: 154 (2006e).

Fano Adriano (TE): A commune in the province of Teramo.

Fantinus: (fl. end of the 6th century). Byzantine official. He was probably defensor of Palermo, although some sources put him at Naples. In AD 599 he received letters from Pope Gregory I “the Great” on a variety of religious issues including the case of Bishop Exhilaratus, the treatment of the clergy, and the defense of Jews who had been turned out of their synagogue.

Fantius, St.: (fl. late 3rd or early 4th century AD). Martyr. He and his wife Deodata were wealthy nobles from Syracuse. Before their conversion to Christianity, they were dedicated pagans who asked the gods to bring them a child. Eventually a son, Fantinus, was born. The boy was also raised as a pagan until, at the age of 12, he was converted and baptized by a hermit. Upon his return home, Fantinus begged him parents to also convert. Shortly after their baptisms, they were arrested by the authorities and the family was thrown into prison. According to their legend, they were then visited by an angel who helped the boy to escape but, for whatever reason, did not free the parents. Soon afterward Fantius and Deodata were martyred. Feast Day: July 31.

Fanzago, Cosimo: (b. 1591, Clusone [Bergamo]. d. 1678, Naples. Architect and sculptor. Born into a family of sculptors, he relocated to Naples in 1612 where he began a career as a sculptor and architect. He is considered a master of the local style of Baroque manner. Most of his projects were centered in and around Naples. Principal Works: Spire of Chiesa di S.Gennaro.Chiesa di S.Giorgio Maggiore.Chiesa di S.Maria degli Angeli alle Croci.Chiesa di S.Teresa a Chiaia.Palazzo di Donn’Anna a Posillipo (1635-44).Cappella di Palazzo Reale, 1640-45.Cloister of the Certosa di San Martino (1623-31).

Fara Filiorum Petri (CH): A commune in the province of Chieti. Population:  1,930 (2006e).