The Municipality of Mottola is a municipality in the Region of Apulia with 15,843 inhabitants. Mottola is a hilltop town in the region of Apulia in Italy. It is known for its strategic location with views of the Gulf of Taranto. The economy is based on agriculture, food production, and tourism. The town is rich in history, with evidence of prehistoric settlements, and was ruled by Byzantines and Normans. Mottola has a typical Mediterranean climate and is a popular destination in spring and autumn. The town has many religious events during the Holy Week, which are characterized by processions made by hooded faithfuls called "paranze."