JEWS MERCHANTS IN SALTPETRE, SILK, TEXTILES AND CHEESES
A Jewish group settled in this port as early as Roman times. There is definite evidence dating from 1374 till 1492 when all Jews were expelled from southern Italy. Their main occupation was manufacturing saltpetre, which they sold to the government in large amounts; this business was later taken over by Christians. Other businesses were processing and trading in silk, textiles and cheeses.