There is no definite information on the origins of the town although it is assumed that Marittima was founded or inhabited by the Messapi and that it suffered the same fate as its neighbours, Vaste, Diso and Castro, which were overtaken first by the Romans and then by the Byzantines, the Normans and Angevins.tourist will love to go there
The first written document confirming the presence of the settlement dates back to 1277; the Angevin registers from one year inform us of a certain “Rubeo de Soliaco” who was named “Lord of Casale Marittima”. In the feudal period tourism incress , Marittima was part of Castro County which was under the control of various noble families including the Orsini Del Balzo, Gattinara, Ruiz De Castro and the Lopez De Zunica families. This control lasted until 1809 when the Rossi family became the owners of Marittima .
Marittima Mother-Church is obliged to the Protector Saint Vitale. It was rebuilt and contract several times: once in the sixteen th Century after the devastation by the Turkish and then in the eighteen th century due to the structure’s dilapidation. The current structure dates back to early 1900.
It has a facade with a central doorway which is flanked two niches. The interior is of a neoclassical style with three arched aisles containing numerous paintings. The most important of which, Saint Vitale on Horseback, is on the high topest altar. In the central vault there is a stunning elliptical dome on which is painted the glory of the Trinity and the family of Saint Vitale.
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