Departure from Bari and arrival in Trani, a city where stands the splendid Romanesque Cathedral (named after the patron saint San Nicola Pellegrino) directly overlooking the sea and included in the list of “Italian wonders”.
The journey continues in the direction of Monte Sant’angelo, the main city of the medieval routes (today revalued by the European initiative “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe“) as well as the fundamental stop of the ancient Via Francigena. Here you can visit the Castle (born as a bizarre castrum, rebuilt in Norman times and with future Swabian, Aragonese and Angevin influences) and the beautiful Cave-Basilica (UNESCO World Heritage Site) dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel and recognized in 2014 by National Geographic Society as one of the most beautiful caves in the world.
After Monte Sant’Angelo, the journey continues towards Vieste where in addition to the Swabian Castle and the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, you can visit the famous “Pizzomunno” monolith (linked to various myths and legends) and the various tourist attractions of enormous geographical, historical and archaeological interest.
The day ends with an overnight stay in the city with the opportunity to spend a fantastic evening in one of the beautiful tourist places in the city.
The next day we continue with stops on the Lake of Varano and in the city of San Giovanni Rotondo (famous in the world for the remains of San Pio da Pietrelcina, one of the most loved saints of Puglia).
After San Giovanni rotondo, continue towards the last stop of the route: Castel del Monte.
Built by Frederick II of Swabia or Hohenstaufen (called “Puer Apuliae”), Castel del Monte is one of the most famous castles in the world. Castel del Monte is a 13th century fortress located in Puglia on the western Murge plateau.
Here you can see the exterior of the castle (with the play of light on the limestone and coral breccia architectural structures) and the interior rooms where, among the ornaments, you can also see the white marble, present only in rare decorations in the halls (in the past it was the material of which all the interior decorations of the building were made).
The tour ends in Bari.