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TARALLI PUGLIESI

TARALLI PUGLIESI  Apri
Loc. BARI, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
25 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The tarallo originally began as a product consumed by farmers when they moved to treat their fields and were away from home for several days. There are several origins of the word TARALLO; some think it comes from the Latin torrere (toast), others say it comes from the greek daratos (a type of bread) or dall'italico TAR (wrap). The original form of Tarallo, formed during the eighteenth century., Was born thanks to the work of the bakers that wound and infornavano the remains of the bread dough creating delicious golden rings. They acquire importance when people start to accompany the wine and to consider them as perfect substitutes of bread to become a snack to enjoy during the cocktail conquering foreign palates. Perfect combination of three simple foods from nature rich in flavor, lightness and freshness, aroma of bread, fragrances wheat fields and authenticity of the garden such as wheat flour, extra virgin olive oil and white wine .

PARCO DELLA MURGIA MATERANA

PARCO DELLA MURGIA MATERANA  Apri
Loc. PARCO DELLA MURGIA MATERANA, VIA SETTE DOLORI, 10, MATERA MT, ITALIA - BASILICATA  Navigatore
33 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Ferrandina, Altamura, Cassano delle Murge
Definitely one of the most spectacular rocky landscapes of Italy, which testifies to the ancient relationship between man and nature, is located in Basilicata, Matera a few kilometers away from the border of Puglia. The Regional Park Archaeological Natural History of the Rock Churches of Matera, more simply called the Park of the Murgia Matera, is characterized by a soft rock composed of deep grooves that form the cliffs, gorges, caves, ravines used by the man who took office since the prehistory. It is between the districts placed between the SS 7, the Sp Matera-Ginosa-Montescaglioso and S.S. 175. To the west of Matera, then the perimeter of the park runs on a narrow strip along the course of Gravina di Picciano, starting from the hill at the confluence of the river reaches Bradano. Spectacular is the Gravina di Matera, huge limestone groove that crosses the territory with its twenty kilometers in length reaching just below the village of Montescaglioso. At the bottom of this canyon, flowing stream of the same name whose slow path of the water continues south along the Sassi of Matera, past the village of Montescaglioso beyond which flows into the river Bradano. A suggestive territory, seemingly desolate, but that hides the natural and historical riches of exceptional value. The sides, east and west of Gravina, are substantially different: the first has a morphological structure more complex due to the presence of the town of Matera and always on the same side, farther south, situated on a hill in the town of clay montescaglioso. The second side, uninhabited, is a limestone block devoid of arboreal vegetation in the part closest to the town of Matera, but covered by typical Mediterranean vegetation which are the traces of man rivenibili including rock churches, prehistoric villages of the Neolithic era, jazzi , quarries from which it was extracted the material of construction of the houses of the Sassi, and farms. Today this side, about 8,000 acres, which hides the last stretches of a Mediterranean forest, falls within the boundaries of the Park of the Murgia Matera. And 'the ancient relationship between man and nature that makes this park through the Organization of Management, at the same time protecting a spectacular nature and the works made by human hands over thousands of years by the patient work of the incision. Geographically, the park includes the areas of Tufare, Murgecchia, Murgia Timone, Campo San Acito, Trasano Conca d'Aglio, Murgia Alvino, Bosco del Comune, Selva Malvezzi, Bosco di Lucignano, the Annunziata, Selva Venusio, Murgia St. Agnes, Lamaquacchiola, Agna Ofra, Murgia of St. Andrew and Madonna della Murgia. The unattainable vertical walls of rocks and lush vegetation that grows within the boundaries of the park lead to the formation of natural environments such as to permit the presence of rare bird species. The bird-watchers lucky ones have the opportunity to observe species such as the harrier, red kite, Lanner, the Egyptian vulture. Other birds of prey such as the lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), living next to humans and nest under the roof of the abandoned houses of the Sassi of Matera or under the tiles of the Benedictine Abbey of Montescaglioso.

UVA DI PUGLIA IGP

UVA DI PUGLIA IGP  Apri
Loc. RUTIGLIANO BA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
15 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari
IGP Uva di Puglia 'is reserved for table grapes of varieties Italian b., Regina b., Victoria b., Michele Palieri n., Red Globe rs., produced in the defined area. Consumer Features must have the following characteristics: - The whole cluster must be of not less than 300 grams; - Berries must present a calibration of not less than 21 mm for Victoria, 15 mm for the Queen, 22 mm for Italy, Michele Palieri and Red Globe (equatorial diameter); - The color is pale straw yellow for the Italian variety, and Queen Victoria, a deep velvety black varieties Michele Palieri and a rose dore' for the Red Globe variety; - The juice of the grapes must have a value not less than 14 Brix for the Italian variety, Queen and Red globe; 13 Brix for the varieties Victoria and Michael Palieri. For all varieties, the value of the ratio Brix / total acidity must be at least 22. Method of production - New vineyards will be built on well-drained soils, permeable and free from rot outbreaks of agents and carriers of the virus without damaging the screw using only certified rootstocks. - The training for the construction of vineyards with grapes pergola roof is horizontal, the tent. - The density of plantation should be between a minimum of 1.100 and a maximum of 2,100 vines / ha. - The distance between the rows must be between 2.2 and 3 m. - The production of grape must not be higher than 30 t / ha. - On defense phytoiatric, are permitted operations environmentally friendly and using only pesticides based on active ingredients registered for the lives of table grapes, as indicated in the specification of integrated production of table grapes of Puglia Region. - The pruning should be carried out in the period between the period following the fall of the leaves and the previous budding: from December to the end of February of the following year. - It 's allowable coverage of the tent with networks of polyethylene and / or PVC or polyethylene plastic film + EVA and greenhouse cultivation, in order to protect it from hail, wind, rain, and to facilitate the advance maturation or delay in harvesting grapes (the variation of the coverage period). - The grape harvest period runs from the time of the achievement of the minimum quality required by the regulations (for Victoria variety from the beginning of the second decade of July, for the variety Michele Palieri from the beginning of the third decade of July, for the Italian variety, Queen and Red globe since the beginning of the third decade of August). - The packaging must be made within the production area to prevent the transport and excessive handling can damage the grapes altering integrity and color.

CASAMASSIMA

CASAMASSIMA  Apri
Loc. CASAMASSIMA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
9 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Rutigliano, Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari
Perched on a hillside, 18 km from Bari, Casamassima was known in the past as the crossroads of Apulia . To give it this name , the strategic location that puts you at the center of the region. The Municipality represented , in fact, an important road connecting the capital of the empire , Rome, Taranto. The territory of Casamassima covers an area of 7,741 acres , the natural end of the Murgia of Bari . Characteristic and of great interest is the Lama San Giorgio , about 10 hectares of forest, covering discontinuous tree layer which is made from various kinds of oaks, a micro- region environment in which they survive plant and animal species unique in the world , many of which are endangered . Still unexplored , however, is the karst landscape with its huge underground caves , characterized by stalactites and stalagmites. Noteworthy , in the territory , including the prehistoric : the menhirs or standing stones and specchie . The first are megaliths of irregular shape , sometimes close to the conical or cylindrical shape , for the most left rough and driven into the ground as they were obelisks . Their meaning and function they had originally , scholars are divided between them . Specchie are , however, piles of stones of varying sizes, some thousands of years, scattered in the woods for a long time remained isolated agro and when those areas were transformed into cultures. It is not inconceivable that , under the specchie , were the tombs of warriors and leaders of armies, who died in battle .

TERRA DI BARI DOP

TERRA DI BARI DOP  Apri
Loc. BARI, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
25 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
Altitude: 6 mt. a.s.l.  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
  Brochure PDF
NOTES: extra virgin olive oil D.O.P. (Protected Designation of Origin) Terra di Bari is obtained from olives grown according to specific environmental conditions of the area of cultivation. For its production are used exclusively olives harvested areas of Bari, Bitonto, Molfetta, Ruvo, Terlizzi, Bitetto, Acquaviva. USE: raw on salads, vegetables and legumes enhances the flavor. COMPOSITION: Ogliarola part from Bari, part of Coratina ODOR: fruity olive TASTE: fruity with sensation of fresh herbs and slight hint of bitterness and pungency DENSITY: bodied ACIDITY: <= 0.3

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE, BARI, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
26 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Casamassima, Rutigliano, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The blades, which are typical of the province of Bari, which are grooves running water of rivers and streams have carved out over time in the limestone of the region and generally from the Murgia plateau to the Adriatic Sea. The natural park of Lama Balice, has an area of approximately 125 hectares and takes its name from one of these incisions through the Murgia plateau in common Bito, and Bari Modugno and reaches the sea. The bed of the blade was once occupied by the river '' Tiflis '', now dried up, which are the remains of prehistoric settlements. Among the main species of the fauna of the park are foxes, frogs, hedgehogs, weasels, moorhen, the knight of Italy, the owl, kestrel, kingfisher, mallard, buzzard , jays and brown-billed wading bird. The different natural environments, however, allow visitors to admire numerous plant species: the carob tree, the oak, laurel, fragno, hawthorn, wild asparagus, wild orchids and herbs such as mint, sage and thyme. The visit to the park Lama Balice is made even more interesting by the presence of olive trees in the adjacent areas and many farms spread throughout the country, among which we highlight Malatesta Villa, Farmhouse and Villa Caffariello Framarino, also a meeting point for excursions in the park regional.

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE TERRA DELLE GRAVINE

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE TERRA DELLE GRAVINE  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE TERRA DELLE GRAVINE, TARANTO, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
36 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Noci, Alberobello, Martina Franca
The Regional Park of the Ravines of the Earth was established December 20, 2005 by LR n. 18 It extends over 13 municipalities of the Province of Taranto (Ginosa, Laterza, Castellaneta, Mottola, Massafra, Palagiano, Palagianello, Statte, Crispiano, Martina Franca, Montemesola, Grottaglie, S.Marzano) and a municipality in the Province Brindisi (Villa Castelli), for a total of approximately 28,000 hectares. Does not exist elsewhere, in all of Western Europe, an area with a similar concentration of rock settlements and archaeological sites, with natural riches and karst features like relevance, with a comparable wealth of biodiversity. The park is among the tools that the legislation on protected areas provides the means that can enable not only the protection of areas of high natural value, but also the enhancement of the historical and cultural landscape that human settlements and agro-forestry -pastorali have resulted in thousands of years. Consequently, the Park can be the instrument to preserve still traditional activities, although they have contributed to the characteristic values and identification of the places, are destined to disappear otherwise. The ravines are deep rocky gorges to karst, which start from the plateau of the Murgia and head towards the sea, the memory of ancient rivers that today are reformed only occasionally, after heavy rains. The significant heights and slopes of the steep slopes of the ravines, as well as their particular microclimate in the time allowed the preservation of habitat extraordinarily rich, both as flora and fauna as microfauna. The morphological features rugged ravines, the presence of numerous caves with thermal stability and the peculiar microclimate favored human settlement, from the Neolithic period until the 50s, with a strong concentration in the medieval period. Numerous and valuable rock settlements, where the cave-dwellings maintained characteristics of continuity with terraces, planted with orchards. All the material of the excavation of the caves were reused to build the cave-houses, fortifications, and dry stone walls of containment. An ingenious tem for collecting and channeling rainwater in water tanks allowed autonomy; the social sites were related to the processing of agricultural products (crushers, mills) and to religious worship (crypts, churches). Many graves dug in the rocky shoals, witnesses customs rituals of burial of the dead. The impressive rock villages are located in Ginosa, Mottola, Grottaglie, Crispiano, Laterza, Statte, Castellaneta, Massafra, Palagianello, sometimes included in the urban environment. Churches, shrines and crypts are often beautiful icons of Byzantine style, representing the Virgin, Christ Pantocrator, Saints and Martyrs. A Massafra Mottola and you can admire the richest and best preserved examples of pictorial rock art and architecture of these sacred places, excavated in the rock.

LA FORESTA MERCADANTE

LA FORESTA MERCADANTE  Apri
Loc. CASSANO DELLE MURGE - PUGLIA  Navigatore
11 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Acquaviva delle Fonti, Altamura, Casamassima
The Forest (currently 1,300 hectares) was built to defend Bari from recurring flood disasters. Seventy years ago it was finished planting the Forest Mercadante, now, now, the lung of Bari. In the last three decades, many advances have been recorded, but the most important of all was the confirmation of the interest tourism, closely linked to the increase of the forest, with assiduous care and patient work of three generations, has become the main attraction cassanese and deserves, therefore, to be better known and illustrated. Everyone knows that in the west of Bari there was the mouth of the river Picone who impaludava in the area between the city and the peninsula of San Cataldo; swamp at the beginning of '500 the Duchess of Bari, Isabella of Aragon-Sforza, tried in vain to reclaim, by opening the appropriate access to the sea. The river, meandering through the territories of Cassano, Sannicandro Bitritto, Carbonara Bari, flowed into the center of the creek between Bari and San Cataldo, where he completed the wall of the toll gates erected after 1868 the entrance to the Via Nazionale to Foggia and Naples. His bed, about 35 km long, consists of a long succession of blades dug into the earth's crust, filled with thriving vineyards. But the increase in building of the twentieth century has almost completely erased. The most serious flood in 1567 wiped out all the works carried out over time under a huge blanket of mud and debris. So the quagmire became larger, insidious and unhealthy than ever, took the name of Marisabella to remember the ill-fated attempt of the Duchess Sforza. The 'flood swept February 1905 in Bari, causing 18 dead and thousands homeless and disasters that caught the attention of the competent authorities. The scourge was repeated, with new extremely high damage and other victims, on 3 and September 5, 1915; but there was a terrible war with its pressing needs, and the new disaster gave rise only to long controversy and inadequate half-measures with which pulled forward until the tragic November 6, 1926, when a storm ever seen, after sweeping the 'inadequate trench dam, side swept across the south-west of the capital, submerging under a mass of muddy water up to 60 cm high. and, unfortunately, with another 19 dead and 50 injured! The government of the time, promptly took to heart the question in all its social, geographical, meteorological and economic, and the results of the studies of the various departments concerned, it was decided to detour dell'infausto stream. With thoughtful concern, the Department of Agriculture of Bari and the Agricultural Inspectorate, together with the control of the Forest Service, they prepared the plan for the expropriation of the Royal Decree 12/30/1926 n. 3287: Measures to be taken to the river basin Picone, depending on the flood-up area and in the province of Bari, bordered to the north by the provincial Cassano Altamura, to the east with the locality of Female Life to the West with the of Chiummo (ie small) and lord.

TEATRO PETRUZZELLI

TEATRO PETRUZZELLI  Apri
Loc. BARI, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
26 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Casamassima, Rutigliano, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The Petruzzelli Theatre, owned by the family Messeni Nemagna, is the ultimate cultural center of the city of Bari, the fourth Italian theater in size and the largest private theater of Europe. Located in the heart of the city, overlooking Corso Cavour. On its south wall ends via De Giosa, behind the palace Apulian Aqueduct.

GROTTE DI SANTA CROCE

GROTTE DI SANTA CROCE  Apri
Loc. CASTELLANA GROTTE - PUGLIA  Navigatore
28 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Grotte di Castellana, Noci, Martina Franca
The cave of the Holy Cross is a particular cavity underground karst, archaeological, caving and tourism. It opens to 113.0 m above sea level on the east side of the homonymous blade located in the countryside of the town of Bisceglie, near the first survey of the southern Murgia. It can be reached by traveling for about 7 km towards the SP Corato 85 Bisceglie - Corato and taking just before the viaduct Holy Cross, on the right the old road that follows the contour of the blade. Here, you can find on the left a path that leads to the open space of the cave more. The site is an important pre-historic site. The area outside and the inside of the cave was inhabited as early as the ancient Neolithic groups of farmers and ranchers. The presence of such a settlement is established by a lithic industry includes about 5,000 pieces. Furthermore, for the reconstruction of paleoclimate have been instrumental in the wildlife discoveries that lead to recognized species of Bos, Canis lupus, Equus caballus, European ass, Dicerorhinus mercki, Hyaena spelaea, Leo Spelaeus, Spelaeus Ursus, Cervus elaphus, Vulpes vulpes, European hare, Alpine chough, Columba livia, Perdix perdix, Alectorix Greek, Athene noctua, Lesser white-fronted goose. The discovery of the cave as Palaeolithic dates back to the mid-1930s by archaeologist Francis Xavier Majellaro, who in 1937 pointed to the Royal Superintendent of Antiquities and Works of Art of Puglia for the scientific and historical significance of the site. The early essays and the first surface surveys were conducted between October 7, 1938 and October 2, 1940, by the same Majellaro with the supervision of Professors Luigi Cardini and Ciro Dragon. In the following years, from 1954 until 1958, took place several excavations financed by the Italian Institute of Paleontology, by the Provincial Tourism and the City of Bisceglie, under the guidance of prof. Cardini. On 25 June 1955, was found a Neanderthal human right femur which is the first finding of a long bone of paleantropo in Italy. Finally, between 1970 and 1994 have been some research undertaken by the University of Bari and investigations caving to the relief of the cave complex.

CATTEDRALE DI SAN SABINO

     

CATTEDRALE DI SAN SABINO  Apri
Loc. BARI CATHEDRAL, PIAZZA DELL'ODEGITRIA, 1, BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
26 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
Located in the heart of Bari old , the Cathedral of Santa Maria (now San Sabino ) repeats in its severe lines and harmonious architecture of the nearby Basilica of San Nicola . Seat of the Archdiocese, was for centuries the reference point of the clergy and the political power of the city. In the lower part of the facade there are three portals of the eleventh century. The top is decorated with a rosette whose bezel is richly decorated with sculptures of monsters and imaginary creatures . Inside, the church has three naves divided by sixteen grand columns supporting arches and fake galleries . The crypt in the altar preserves the relics of St. Sabinus and the icon of the Madonna Odegitria which , according to tradition , was moved here in the seventh century . On the left side of the transept is located the sacristy , Trulla , cylindrical , perhaps originally a baptistery . Of great historical and artistic value its underground portion called -body in a very impressive tour of the museum with interesting pieces of archeology related to four major historical periods : the Roman phase , the phase of early Christian and medieval and the modern stage . Adjacent to the cathedral, the palace of the Curia , the Diocesan Museum preserves valuable works of art as a record of prestigious commissions understood that beautify the sacred building over the centuries .

BARI

     

BARI  Apri
Loc. BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
25 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
Bari is the capital of the region of Puglia and is situated on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and extends between the Gargano and the Cape of Otranto. The city of Bari is divided into two parts: the old part of Byzantine origin and the new part of the early nineteenth century. Historically it was founded by peucezi (a pre-Roman population) and then conquered by the Romans in the second century BC Barium becoming the town hall. Later it was conquered by the Lombards, Byzantines and finally by the Saracens. At the end of the twelfth century a flourishing period spent under the Swabians but then declined as a result of Spanish and Austrian domination. In 1860 he joined the Kingdom of Italy.

ALTAMURA

ALTAMURA  Apri
Loc. ALTAMURA BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
24 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Cassano delle Murge, Matera, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The city of Altamura is located inland in the province of Bari , near the border with Basilicata. Fossil finds , some of which are outstanding as Altamura man , evidence of human presence in this area 400,000 years before Christ . In 500 BC were built the megalithic walls that gave the town its name ( High Walls ) . There was a long period of domination , which ended the arrival of Frederick II ( 1232), who gave new impetus to the city by building a Cathedral and repopulating it with Arab , Greek and Jewish . In that period, the characteristic layout of the city , with the cloisters , small squares surrounded by alleys . Subsequently, Altamura underwent several dominions , including the Orsini , who built mansions and convents. In 1531 , the inhabitants of Altamura undertake to pay 20,000 ducats needed to set their own city from the yoke of feudalism. The city saw a particularly between 1500 and 1700 , until in 1748 it was set up within its walls the University who helped to spread the ideals of equality and freedom promoted by the French Revolution . Because of this new spirit , when in 1799 the city was besieged and sacked by the Holy Faith , citizenship gave birth to a long endurance. E ' for this reason that the historians of the early twentieth century, still animated by the spirit of the Risorgimento , gave the city the nickname of Lioness of Puglia . In the following years Altamura housed the Court of Appeal in the Land of Bari and the seat of the Provisional Government of Puglia.Suggestivo is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Good way : was a refuge for travelers on the road that once led to Bari , as well as a place of worship to stop to pray. Of great interest is also the State Archaeological Museum : inside are kept many of the findings of the cave Lamalunga , tools and kits late Middle Ages . The famous Altamura man , a human fossil lived between 250,000 and 400,000 years ago, can be visited in the Visitor Center Altamura Man at Masseria Ragone . In a cave four kilometers from the town were discovered footprints of dinosaurs that lived in this land about 70 million years ago. Anyone visiting Altamura will take the memory, taste and smell of the PDO bread, so good to be served as a meal and not as a complement .

PANE DI ALTAMURA DOP

PANE DI ALTAMURA DOP  Apri
Loc. ALTAMURA BA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
26 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Cassano delle Murge, Matera, Acquaviva delle Fonti
  Brochure PDF
Altamura bread is a product of traditional bakery of Altamura, in the province of Bari. It is obtained by the use of groats (very rich in gluten) rimacinate of varieties of durum wheat grown in the municipalities of Murgia. In July 2003, at the European level, the bread of Altamura was recognized brand designation of origin (PDO). Cooked in traditional ovens wood and stone, Altamura bread is distinguished by its fragrance and its taste. It has a crisp crust and a soft crumb pale yellow. It comes in two traditional forms; the first locally called U sckuane'te (overlapped bread), is high, crossed over, the other lower, locally referred to as' a cappidde Father de simone (priest's hat). The defined geographical area of the grains are grown comprises the municipalities of Altamura, Gravina di Puglia, Poggiorsini, Spinazzola and Minervino Murge in the province of Bari. And the production area of Altamura bread only includes the administrative territory of the City of Altamura, near Bari.

GROTTE DI CASTELLANA

GROTTE DI CASTELLANA  Apri
Loc. GROTTE DI CASTELLANA BA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
27 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Castellana Grotte, Noci, Martina Franca
The Caves of Castellana - a complex of underground caverns karst, typical tourist sites, the most beautiful and spectacular in Italy - are located in the town of Castellana Grotte, about 1.5 km from the town. They grow to a length of 3348 meters and reach a maximum depth of 122 meters from the surface. The indoor temperature is around 16.5 C. Located on the outskirts of the Itria Valley, not far from charming towns such as Alberobello, Cisternino, Polignano a Mare, Castellana Caves are opened in the south-eastern Murgia - 330 m above sea level - Limestone plateau formed in the Late Cretaceous, about ninety-one hundred million years ago. The beauty of the Castellana Caves attracts visitors from all over the world, and from the day they are open to the public, more than 15 million people have walked its streets groundwater. The visit to the Caves winds along a 3 km: an extraordinary guided tour, about 70 feet deep, in a stunning scenery, caves where great names, canyons, deep chasms, fossils, stalactites, stalagmites, concretions forms incredible and amazing colors solicit the imagination of children and adults. The Caves of Castellana are, therefore, fully, a good opportunity to admire one of the most amazing natural a wonderful Apulia.

CASTELLO NORMANNO

     

CASTELLO NORMANNO  Apri
Loc. CASTELLO NORMANNO - SVEVO, PIAZZA FEDERICO II DI SVEVIA, 4, BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
26 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The castle was built by the Normans in the XII century and restored by Frederick II between 1233 and 1240. The castle, located in a central area of Bari, is a spectacular testimony to the medieval building which offers visitors the opportunity to visit one of the most interesting forts in the region. To admire the stone bridge through which you enter the castle, the angular bastions used for the defense of the fort and the numerous towers that characterize the quadrangular structure: the tower of Minors, the tower of Monaco, the tower and the tower of the Wind Semaforo the castle is the seat of the Superintendence for the Architectural and Environmental Heritage History of Puglia and inside it houses the gallery of plaster casts.

CHIESA RUPESTRE DI MADONNA DELL'IDRIS

CHIESA RUPESTRE DI MADONNA DELL'IDRIS  Apri
Loc. CHIESA DEI SANTI PIETRO E PAOLO AL SASSO CAVEOSO, PIAZZA SAN PIETRO CAVEOSO, 1, MATERA, ITALY - BASILICATA  Navigatore
33 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
Altitude: 339 mt. a.s.l.  Area Altamura, Ferrandina, Cassano delle Murge
The Church of Santa Maria de Idris , also known as Santa Maria de Idris or Madonna de Idris, is located in Matera , the Sassi inside . It is a rock-hewn church , that is carved into the rock . It is located in the upper part of the Monterrone , a large limestone cliff that rises in the middle of Caveoso , you will get you through a flight of stairs near the cave church of Saint Lucia to the Mallows . The name derives from the greek Hodigitria Idris , the one who shows the way , or the water that gushed from the rock. The cave church has a projection in the wall with a side a small bell tower , the interior, because of the continual alterations suffered over the centuries , it has nothing of the original structure . It consists of a nave with frescoes irregular , placed on the wall of the crypt retrofacciata , most of them being removed to restore deteriorated due to moisture and kept at the Historical and Artistic Heritage Service of Matera. On the altar there is a Madonna and Child dating from the seventeenth century painted in tempera , on the right Saint Eustace, patron saint of the city and other frescoes dating back to the seventeenth century and always have a crucifixion of invoice rough background with the silhouette of the city of Matera. The church of Santa Maria de Idris is connected to rock the crypt of St. John Monterrone through a tunnel , and in this crypt are numerous and valuable frescoes that date back over a period of time ranging from the twelfth to the seventeenth century. In the access tunnel there is a fresco depicting St. John the Baptist in a lunette above the altar a fresco dating from the twelfth century to the Latin blessing of Christ Pantocrator , who with his left hand holds an open Gospel in which is inscribed a greek text . This painting represents the influence of the Byzantine iconographic culture . Further along the shoulder of an arc hub , there is a monaco unknown with cowl and hood. In front of St. Nicholas in robes of bishops, blessing with his right hand and holding the Gospel in his left hand .

ALBEROBELLO

ALBEROBELLO  Apri
Loc. ALBEROBELLO BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
37 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Alberobello, Castellana Grotte, Grotte di Castellana
Alberobello is situated in the south- east of the province of Bari , near Castellana Grotte, Locorotondo and Putignano. The town was founded in the fifteenth century by Acquaviva - D'Aragona , the Counts of Conversano , an area occupied by a forest of oaks. Typical feature of Alberobello are the trulli , dwellings built with dry stone , base painted with lime and cone -shaped roof made of stone. Alberobello is the only center to preserve the historic core composed entirely of trulli. Internally , the trulli have a central room with a square plan , communicating through arches with the other rooms of the house. Many of the trulli in Alberobello be visited . The trullo highest in the country , called Sovereign Trullo , has two floors and houses a museum . The conical roofs are often embellished with decorations of various shapes drawn with milk of lime, depicting zodiac symbols or religious . In 1996, the town of Alberobello, the heart of the Murgia , was d a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010 and has been certified by the Italian Touring Club as orange flag . Particularly significant is the church of San Antonio, in the shape of a trullo, with a monumental entrance , the main hall of a Greek cross and the side chapels with vaulted sailing . The house of love , now valuable tourist information point , is the first building in the whole town built with binding materials , such as lime and mortar, as indicated inclusion of 1797 placed next to the door. Definitely worth a visit , a minor basilica of Santi Medici , which houses the image of Our Lady of Loreto and of the patron saints Cosmas and Damian, celebrated on 27 and 28 September .

MATERA

     

MATERA  Apri
Loc. MATERA, ITALY - BASILICATA  Navigatore
33 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Altamura, Ferrandina, Cassano delle Murge
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La Basilicata e' una regione dell'Italia meridionale che si affaccia a sud est sul Mar Ionio e a sud ovest sul Mar Tirreno. Confina a nord e ad est con la Puglia, ad ovest con la Campania e a sud con la Calabria. La regione e' prevalentemente montuosa al centro con vette che superano i 2000 m di quota (la cima piu elevata e' il Monte Pollino 2.267 m), collinare a est e pianeggiante solo per un breve tratto a sudest. La regione ha 2 province: il capoluogo Potenza e Matera. Prima della conquista dei Romani il nome antico della regione era Lucania (dal nome dell'antica popolazione) che venne poi sostituito dall'Imperatore Augusto con Basilicata (deriva dal greco basilikos che significa governatore e principe). Il nome e i confini attuali rimasero inalterati anche con la successiva conquista dei Normanni. Dal 1932 al 1947 il nome della Regione ritorno ad essere ufficialmente Lucania. Oggi il nome e' Basilicata, mentre gli abitanti sono chiamati Lucani. Da vedere: I 'Sassi di Matera': sono quartieri scavati nella roccia e intagliati in un profondo burrone formato dalle pareti di tufo del torrente Gravina. I 'Sassi' sono considerati Patrimonio Mondiale dell'Umanita e sono protetti dall'Unesco. Museo Nazionale della Siritide: si trova a Policoro, in provincia di Matera e comprende materiali provenienti dagli scavi archeologici di Siris e di Heraclea, citta' greca del V secolo, e da localita' della costa lucana. Castello Normanno di Melfi: Nel Castello Normanno dell'XI secolo e' allestito un Museo in cui sono conservati reperti preistorici, materiali tombali, oreficerie, vasi greci. Parco Nazionale del Pollino, condiviso con la Calabria: si estende per 200.000 ettari e comprende 66 Comuni di cui 22 in provincia di Potenza e 2 in provincia di Matera. E' stato istituito come Parco Regionale del Pollino nel 1985 e come Parco Nazionale nel 1990 con l'aggiunta dei territori calabresi (32 comuni sono nella provincia di Crotone). Nel Parco e' possibile visitare vari monumenti e reperti archeologici, ruderi di castelli, di rocche di fortificazione, di conventi, di monasteri, santuari, chiese e cappelle, isole linguistiche di origine albanese. Maratea: in provincia di Potenza, e' una rinomata localita di villeggiatura ed e' l'unico sbocco della regione sul mar Tirreno. Maratea e' chiamata la 'Perla del Tirreno' per la bellezza della sua costa su cui e' situato il porticciolo turistico. E' nota anche come la citta delle 44 chiese, ricche di preziose testimonianze artistiche.

SASSI

SASSI  Apri
Loc. MATERA - BASILICATA  Navigatore
32 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
Altitude: 357 mt. a.s.l.  Area Altamura, Ferrandina, Cassano delle Murge
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The Sassi of Matera are the historical center of the city of Matera. Il Sasso Caveoso and the Rock Barisan , along with the district Civita , form a complex nucleus urbano.La city of stone , historic center of Matera dug near the ravine, is actually inhabited at least since the Paleolithic period , some of the artifacts found date back to the thirteenth millennium BC, and many of the homes that go down deep into the soft limestone and often the ravine , have been lived without interruption since the Bronze Age . The first definition of Sasso as district stony village dates back to a document of 1204 . The Sassi of Matera is an urban settlement resulting from various forms of civilization and human activity have occurred over time . From those of the prehistoric ditched villages of the Neolithic period , the habitat of the rock civilization of eastern matrix , which is the substrate urban Sassi , with its trenches, ducts , tanks ; civitas from a western Norman- Swabian , with its fortifications , subsequent expansions accommodation urban renaissance and baroque , and finally hygiene and social degradation of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century displaced with national law provisions in the fifties , until the current recovery began from the 1986 law . The Sassi are really a cultural landscape , to quote the definition with which they were welcomed into the UNESCO World Heritage List . The Barisan Sasso , turned to the north- west edge of the cliff , if we take as reference the Civita , the center of the old city, is the richest ornaments and carved portals that hide the heart of the underground . The Caveoso, looking instead to the south, is laid out like a Roman amphitheater, with the cave dwellings that descend in terraces , and perhaps takes its name from quarries and classical theaters . At the center of the Civita , rocky outcrop that separates the two stones , on top of which is the Cathedral . And finally, in front , on the opposite side of the Gravina of Matera , the plateau of the Murgia which acts as a natural back to this scenario, with numerous cave churches scattered along the slopes of the ravine protected by the institution of the Parco Archeologico delle Chiese rock of Matera , also known as the Park of the Murgia Matera .

THE TRULLI

THE TRULLI  Apri
Loc. ALBEROBELLO - PUGLIA  Navigatore
37 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Martina Franca, Castellana Grotte, Noci

Unesco World Heritage Site Alberobello is a town of stubby pointed roofs, white-tipped as if dusted by snow. It wouldn't be a surprise to see a gnome pop out to water its windowboxes. The Zona dei Trulli on the western hill of Alberobe is a dense mass of 1500 beehive-shaped houses, dry-stone buildings made from local limestone, none older than the 14th century. Inhabitants disappointingly do not wear pointy hats, but they do sell anything a visitor might want, from miniature trulli to rustic woollen shawls. The town is named after the primitive oak forest Arboris Belli (beautiful trees) that once covered this area. It's an amazing area, but is also something of a tourist trap and from May to October busloads of tourists pile into trullo homes, drink in trullo bars and shop in trullo shops

CHIESA DI SAN PIETRO CAVEOSO

CHIESA DI SAN PIETRO CAVEOSO  Apri
Loc. MATERA - BASILICATA  Navigatore
32 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
  Area Altamura, Ferrandina, Cassano delle Murge
The Matera Cathedral was completed in 1270 and built in the Civita, the highest point of the city and see where the first settlement was built of stones, on the site of a Benedictine monastery dedicated to S.Eustachio consecrated in 1082, and , as it was discovered at the beginning of the 900 during the construction work for the foundations of the adjacent building of the archdiocesan seminary, was built on an artificial embankment to further raise its location (remains visible from all points of the ancient city and the the surrounding countryside). During these works were dug deep trenches revealed that in 12 meters, as they went down deep, all the ancient strata living in the city: medieval houses, an early Christian church and houses of the same era, Byzantine artifacts such as coins and remains architetettonici , another plane of Roman houses, tombs with important Greek vases are part of the typical funerary remains of pottery and finally slipped characteristic of the early Iron Age. An X-ray, in short, the ancient life of Matera.

WWF: OASI LAGO DI SAN GIULIANO

WWF: OASI LAGO DI SAN GIULIANO  Apri
Loc. MATERA - BASILICATA  Navigatore
43 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
Altitude: 9 mt. a.s.l.  Area Ferrandina, Altamura, San Mauro Forte
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One of the most important wetlands of Basilicata The WWF's San Giuliano Lake is located in a Special Protection Area and a Site of Community Importance in the municipalities of Grottole, Miglionico and Matera. The area covers approximately 1,300 hectares and is one of the most important wetlands of Basilicata. The variety of habitats and habitats of the Reserve favors the presence of a diverse fauna, especially as regards the species of birds, including storks, cranes, spoonbills, purple herons, egrets, ferruginous, avocets, plovers Italy . environment The WWF San Giuliano Lake is one of the most important wetlands of Basilicata. Initially created for irrigation purposes by the damming of the river Bradano in the years between 1950 and 1957, in 1976 the Lago di San Giuliano became Oasis of protection and refuge for wildlife and migratory, in 1989 WWF and Ramsar area in 2003, or a wetland of international importance for the aquatic fauna. The reserve, located in the west of Basilicata, services the towns of Matera Miglionico and Grottole, and includes part of the middle course of the river Bradano upstream and downstream of the dam, the lake-which extends for about 8 km2 and-the ravine. The upstream part of the lake has the typical characteristics of the river ecotem, while downstream of the dam, the river runs in a deep ravine, at times, even 50 meters. Around the lake there are nuclei of Mediterranean-as a part of non-native species reforestation, the other native species such as mastic, wild pear, paliuro, juniper, oak, mock privet, hawthorn-wet meadows and xeric, hydric natural forests and woodlands pine and eucalyptus trees. Along the outer belt there are small areas of cultivated intensively.

CRIPTA DEL PECCATO ORIGINALE

CRIPTA DEL PECCATO ORIGINALE  Apri
Loc. MATERA - BASILICATA  Navigatore
29 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
Altitude: 348 mt. a.s.l.  Area Altamura, Cassano delle Murge, Ferrandina
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A few kilometers from Matera, along the ancient Appian Way , in one of the ravines that run through the plateau of the Murgia , is one of the most charming places in Southern Italy : the Crypt of the Original Sin . In a rocky hollow overlooking the limestone cliff of the skilful hand of the Painter of Flowers of Matera narrated scenes from the Old and New Testament in a cycle of frescoes dating back to the ninth century . A.D. . Rediscovery back in May of 1963 by a group of young enthusiasts Matera , a shelter for the flocks Crypt of the Original Sin has become one of the must-see stops on a visit to the city of the Sassi. An exemplary restoration , commissioned by the Foundation Ze'tema of Matera and created with the help of the ' Institute for Conservation and Restoration , returned the extraordinary frescoes of the crypt to full fruition . Through a lights - sounds, a visit to the Sistine Chapel of the rock wall painting is the perfect fusion between emotion and culture.

ARANCIA DURETTA DEL GARGANO

ARANCIA DURETTA DEL GARGANO  Apri
Loc. NOCI - PUGLIA  Navigatore
25 Km from WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI
Altitude: 382 mt. a.s.l.  Area Grotte di Castellana, Castellana Grotte, Alberobello
The IGP Arancia del Gargano has a spherical shape and a size not overly large. The flavor is sweet and distinctive aroma. Distinguishing factors of the product are the ripening period (late April-May and also August) and the high preservation that allowed these oranges, in the past, to be transported for 30 and even 40 days and arrive intact in Chicago or New York. Since ancient times, The reputation of the Gargano IGP had transcended regional borders and was mentioned in the works of several authors, including the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio. Since the 1700s Gargano citrus fruits become protagonists of a procession that is still held every year in February, in honor of St. Valentine, the patron saint of citrus groves, during which they bless the plants and the fruits of oranges and lemons. Holds numerous records, photographs, poster, posters, demonstrating the fame even internationally from these unique fruit from the Gargano. The first historic references on citrus growing in the area dates back to 1003, thanks to Melo, Prince of Bari, who, wanting to show the Normans the rich production of the Gargano, sent in Normandy the knobs citrine of Gargano, corresponding to melangolo (bitter orange). In the seventeenth century they traded large citrus in the towns of Vico del Gargano and Rodi Garganico with the Venetians. These intense trade continued even in the nineteenth century, and The reputation of the Gargano IGP even reached other European countries and America. The interior of the oranges can be eaten fresh, or squeezed into wedges, or as an ingredient in salads or as a garnish. The oranges can also be cooked as constituents of refined dishes in sweet-sour or used as an alternative for drinks, liqueurs and candied fruit. To peel them to live, you may want to go down with a boxcutter, trying to eliminate as much as possible is the white part of the peel, and the peel until you reach the pulp. With the tip of the knife will then go to separate a slice at a time: in this way the skins of the pulp that divides the cloves will come off easily.

Excursions and attractions in PUGLIA close to ACQUAVIVA BARI, ITALY Casamassima Cassano delle Murge Rutigliano: 'TARALLI PUGLIESI'   'PARCO DELLA MURGIA MATERANA'   'UVA DI PUGLIA IGP'   'CASAMASSIMA'   'TERRA DI BARI DOP'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE TERRA DELLE GRAVINE'   'LA FORESTA MERCADANTE'   'TEATRO PETRUZZELLI'   'GROTTE DI SANTA CROCE'   'CATTEDRALE DI SAN SABINO'   'BARI'   'ALTAMURA'   'PANE DI ALTAMURA DOP'   'GROTTE DI CASTELLANA'   'CASTELLO NORMANNO'   'CHIESA RUPESTRE DI MADONNA DELL'IDRIS'   'ALBEROBELLO'   'MATERA'   'SASSI'   'THE TRULLI'   'CHIESA DI SAN PIETRO CAVEOSO'   'WWF: OASI LAGO DI SAN GIULIANO'   'CRIPTA DEL PECCATO ORIGINALE'   'ARANCIA DURETTA DEL GARGANO'  

PUGLIA


Le Puglie, the Italian name of this region, is in the plural form and, in fact, this is a place that conceals many souls. The 'heel' of the boot, Apulia , as it is known in English, is,an enchanting region that lays amid nature, history, tradition, gusto and spirituality, to be visited all year round. Sea lovers can take their pick, choosing between the cliffs of Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca, the meeting point between the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea, or Gallipoli, the 'Gem of Salento' and the Gargano, the 'Spur of Italy', jutting out to the clear sea water that guards the beautiful Tremiti Islands. Nature is again the protagonist in the Murgia National Park and the Gargano National Park with its wild Umbrian forest, its salt pans and lakes, the deep ravines of Laterza and the wide dolines of Altamura, which distinguish the hinterland of the region with their charming sceneries. To those who want to plunge into history, Apulia offers a wide range of places that tell the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Magna Graecia, from the Imperial Age to the Renaissance and the baroque splendour of Lecce and the Salento area. The provinces of the region are: Bari (regional capital), Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto.