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The town of Scorrano is situated in the hinterland of Salento peninsula, in the central southern part of the province, stands on a modest relief almost equidistant from the two seas which lap Apulia: 20 km away from the Adriatic Sea and 26 km away from the Ionic Sea. The territory near Scorrano has been apparently inhabited since a very long time, as testified by some menhirs located in the surrounding country, but the first real urban center is surely of Roman origins. According to the tradition, after the Roman conquer of the Salento province, the lands which are now part of Scorrano were assigned to a certain Marcus Aemilius Scaurus. Scorrano then was called just after the Roman soldier who occupied its lands during the domination of the Roman Empire. A thesis opposing the traditional one tells that, since Marcus Aemilius Scaurus was an authority, just as he did with the Via Aemila built by him, Scorrano too, wanted by him, should have been called Aemilium or Aemilianum. Dominated by the Romans until the fall of the Empire, Scorrano was then colonized by the Greeks and Byzantines; with the latter ones the urban center extended and reached greater importance which allowed it to become a fiscal town and control the smaller neighbouring built-up areas. During the Norman period, with Tancredi d'Altavilla, it was part of the Lecce Contado and then of the Alessano County. Later various feudatories alternated, so that Scorrano knew the dominations of the Suebi, Angevins, passing in 1329 to the Orsini Del Balzo, and from him to the king Ladislaus who sold the feud to Buzio de' Tolomei in the early fifteenth century. One century later it went under the domination of the Gonzagas of Mantua as princes of Molfetta, who gave it to Ettore Braida in 1589. On August 18th 1686 the feud of Scorrano was aquired by the Frisari family, which dominated it until the fall of the feudal regimes in 1806.

   
 



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