Andria is known as “oil city” and “the city with three bell towers”. Its symbol is Castel del Monte (which is dedicated the focus below).
The historic city center is characterized by a series of charming streets and alleys full of monuments of great value: the Town Hall, dating from 1230, Port St. Andrew or Arc of Frederick II (XI cent.), the Clock Tower, built during the government of Francesco II del Balzo, Palazzo Ducale (fortified residence), the War Memorial, Fort Castle Gate (XI century); Palazzo Ceci Ginistrelli (nineteenth century), Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (you can see it in the photo, already Catuma Square, so called because below it are the catacombs), the Diocesan Museum with masterpieces by Antonio Vivarini and Tucci of Andria and “Andria underground”: old houses dating from the medieval period that wind in the basement of the entire old town. These caves and rooms walled with stone arches and columns unfortunately, however, can not be visited.
Trani Cathedral is characterized by its location, just a few meters from the sea, and its structure in light limestone: an excellent example of Apulian Romanesque architecture and, above all, the symbol of the beautiful tourist town from which it takes its name. Trani. A seaside town with a lot of narrow streets full of typical restaurants, historical monuments and a beautiful port: a pictorial framework in which there is a mix of soft lights of the battles and Trani nightlife.
Castel del Monte was built by Emperor Frederick II in the thirteenth century on a hillt, near the Church of Santa Maria del Monte, in the heart of the Murgia.
In 1996 UNESCO included it in the list of World Heritage Sites thanks to the astronomical and mathematical rigor of its shapes and for the harmonious union of cultural elements from northern Europe, the Muslim world and classical antiquity, a typical example of architecture of the Middle Ages.
It is known for the relics of St. Nicholas, whose basilica is one of the favorite by the Orthodox Church in the West, but also for Petruzzelli Theatre and Margherita Theatre, built on pillars founded in the sea.
Bari has a solid mercantile tradition and has always been a focal point in the trade and the political and cultural contacts with Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Its port is the largest passenger port in the Adriatic sea and is the hub of the city. From there, in fact, you can find the old town and the nightlife Bari with an alternation of history and innovation.
Known as “Sassi City” and “Underground City” for historians Sassi, who are one of the oldest residential areas in the world, characterized by portals and friezes that hide the underground city. The “Sassi” were recognized in 1993 by UNESCO World Heritage, the first site in southern Italy to receive such recognition.
In 2014, also, Matera was proclaimed the European Capital of Culture 2019 (together with Plovdiv); becoming, in this case too, the first city of the south to receive this recognition.
Town in the Foggia area famous for the cave shrine of St. Michael the Archangel, recorded respectively to the list of UNESCO World Heritage since June 2011 and is one of the most beautiful caves in the world (the eighth to be exact) to the prestigious National Geographic Society.
The Sanctuary is the fifth stage of a journey to places of worship dedicated to St. Michael, geographically aligned along a straight line from the island of Skellig Michael in Ireland leads to Jerusalem through St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, Mont Saint Michel in France and Sacra di San Michele entrance of Val di Susa in Piedmont (near Turin).
Famous for its typical houses called trulli that, since 1996, are UNESCO World Heritage. UNESCO.
Their special shape and structure comes from a historical event. In the fifteenth century during the reign of Naples every new urban settlement was forced to pay a tribute. Alberobello touched construct buildings without mortar, so as to be more vulnerable.
Having to use only stones, the farmers found in round shape with self-supporting domed roof, made of stone circles overlapped, the simplest configuration and solid. The domed roofs of the trulli are embellished with decorative pinnacles, whose shape is inspired by symbolic, mystical and religious.