Bisceglie ... is also the starting point to discover the many faces of the beautiful Puglia.
Thanks to its geographical position, the territory mostly flat and the favorable climate, has always been an ideal land for settlements and the area of trade and cultural exchanges.
Coveted by East and West, it was the site of numerous Greek colonies. It was also Roman territory but when it was attacked it came under Byzantine rule. Subject to Saracen attacks, it also became an attractive territory for the Normans.
Before the unification of Italy it was part of the Kingdom of Sicily, the Kingdom of Naples and in the end of the Two Sicilies.
Puglia is a simple word which encompasses several areas on this long narrow strip of land. Puglia is different not only for its geographical position but also for its history and culture: Gargano area, Land of Bari, Salento Earth Jonica.
Puglia could be expresses as a wide concentration of sun, sea, good food, fine wines, cheerful popular and religious festivals, archaeological remains, castles, towers, cathedrals and other monuments. People with their own typical southern personality contribute to create an inviting atmosphere making of Puglia the ideal destination for holiday.
PROVINCIA DI BARLETTA-ANDRIA-TRANI
This part of Puglia was very dear to Frederick II, who often has called this part of Italy the "Puglia Imperiale". The traces that the emperor left testify the presence of Frederick's castles. Many of them were also other dynasties like that of the Normans, the Swabians and the Angevins. Last but not least it is the importance in Roman and pre-Roman witnessed by the finds, from the salt marshes largest in Europe where they will remain majestic pink flamingos, the many sites Ipogei (Archaeological Park of the Hypogeum) and the National Park of Alta Murgia.
BARLETTA, declared a city of art from the region in 2005, retains the Colossus, a huge statue of the fifth century that probably depicts the Roman emperor Theodosius II, although it is known locally with the incorrect designation of Heraclius. The Castle is a citizen with neighboring Barletta Cathedral a center of historical and architectural importance. Also in the territory of Barletta there is the archaeological site of the Battle of Cannae, where there was the defeat of the Romans by the Carthaginian general Hannibal.
Emblem of ANDRIA is Castel del Monte, a castle built by Frederick II of Swabia, situated on a hill. The castle was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is depicted on the coin of 1 Euro cent. The castle has eight towers and is located in one of the most beautiful places of the Murgia, the National Park of Alta Murgia in the territory of Andria.
The city of TRANI, "pearl of the Adriatic", the city of the sea and the law with its Ordinamenta Maris, the Castle of Frederick II, the Nature and Tourism Port, the "Villa Comunale" rare example of garden on the sea and its beautiful promenade , make it unique. But it is best known for its Cathedral, dedicated to the patron Saint Nicola Pellegrino, built near the sea, which reflects its magnificent Romanesque architecture. With such a scenic location, the Cathedral of Trani is one of the churches and of the most beautiful cities of Italy.
The town of CANOSA DI PUGLIA, the ancient center of Daunia, which later became Roman, where are located many archaeological sites (approximately 20) and relief related to many times, as the "Bridge Ofanto", Basilica San Leucio, the Baptistery St. John, the acropolis and several tombs of pagan times. During the Pre-Christian era, Canosa was one of the largest and most flourishing settlements from the Puglia (due to the specific geographical location).
BARI: Trulli (ancient stone house), caves, cathedrals, castles, museums, archaeological sites, megalithic monuments and airy marine are the poles of greater tourism and cultural interest of the province of Bari, which is also the capital.
LA PROVINCIA DI FOGGIA
GARGANO, hanging between sky and sea, has the meaning of a haven of serenity. La Foresta Umbra, the lakes of Lesina and Varano, the great shrines of San Michele in Monte Sant'Angelo and San Giovanni Rotondo, where lie the remains of Padre Pio, are the most attractive tourist -cultural of this district, involving the enchanting Tremiti Islands and the ancient city of Lucera, Troia and Manfredonia, rich in history and monuments.
LA PROVINCIA DI BRINDISI
The archaeological ruins and excavations of Egnazia on the Adriatic Sea, one another marine views and wide beaches which have settled on the spas of Torre Canne and the important tourist complexes of Ostuni that, inside, with its old town and all tudy and whitewashed, it offers to visitors a scenario of incomparable beauty and charm. Fasano, includes among its fertile olive trees, the Zoo Safari: a corner of Africa where are living wild animals and many other animals. The capital Brindisi, has in its port a bridge stretching to Greece and the Near East, which preserves important vestiges.
LA PROVINCIA DI LECCE
LECCE, renamed the capital of Baroque, has monuments of great and unusual elegance: Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo, the churches of San Niccolò and Cataldo and San Matteo, in addition to the Amphitheatre and Roman Theater. Around the city of Lecce, there are many towns full of history and art with magnificent landscapes. For example Otranto, with its monuments, wide sandy beaches and prestigious resorts; Gallipoli, the ancient center with a beautiful coast; Santa Cesarea with its baths, Porto Cesareo and S. Maria di Leuca, the southernmost tip of Italy. The prehistoric caves of Porto Badisco, Zinzulusa and Romanelli, are some of the most significant reasons for tourist and cultural interest, distributed in small towns of this province, to be discovered.
LA PROVINCIA DI TARANTO
The city and its districts remind us the ancient monuments of Hellenic civilization which reappears in some traces of archaeological finds. They are in fact preserved in the National Museum of Taranto, the city of two seas and the swing bridge, whose historical center preserves medieval buildings of great architectural value.
In the province there are also other historical and artistic centers such as Martina Franca: with its baroque buildings and its beautiful balcony on the charming Itria Valley. In “Manduria Messapica” it is possible to find Massafra, perched on the ravine of the same name in the center a vast area of rocky settlements. In addition Castellaneta and Ginosa Ionian sea, with green and dense pine forests which surround a large and long beaches.