BARLETTA, CITY OF IMPERIAL APULIA
HISTORY, ART AND SEA.
Barletta is a city, where the influence of Frederick II is still tangible. The majestic castle with its four fortified bastions (where the Public Library and the City Museum are located) and the ‘hunting lodge’ of Castel Del Monte, near Andria and very close to Barletta, are just few proofs of the impressive historical heritage of the territory. ‘Eraclio’, a 5th century huge bronze statue representing a Byzantine Emperor, is doubtless the symbol of Barletta.
From Casa Vacanza Al Castello, it’s easy to reach the fascinating maze of alleys in the historic center, discovering noble houses, churches and monuments. First and foremost, there is the Inn of the Challenge (La Cantina della Disfida) where took place the famous offensive remarks by the French towards the Italians. The incident resulted in a proud reaction by the 13 Italian knights and on the 13 February 1503 the ‘Challenge of Barletta’ (Disfida di Barletta) started. The Italians won the battle and this event is celebrated every year with the historical reenactment of the knightly competition.
A must-see is the wonderful Palazzo Della Marra, a building in Baroque style and site of the Giuseppe De Nittis collection, an impressionist painter born in Barletta in 1846.
Especially in summer, the best attraction is the immense sandy beach, very close to Casa Vacanza Al Castello. From Barletta to Margherita di Savoia, well-known for its Grand Hotel with spa, there are a lots of beach clubs for families and other facilities for relax and fun.
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