the province of Bari (in the Apulia region of Southern Italy) is dotted with historic attractions that absolutely must be visited while on holiday in this territory. One of these is definitely Conversano, an ancient town of art and history!
The town centre boasts ancient origins: it reportedly dates from the Iron Age when local people such as Peucetii and Japyges built their villages.
Its old name was Norba and it was part of the Roman Empire and thanks to its position on the hills, for a long time it was considered to be impregnable.
Norba followed the fate of the Roman Empire during its decline and fall and during the dark period that followed.
Then a new town rose from the ruins of Norba and his name was Cupersanem that in the centuries has evolved into Cupersanum and then Conversano.
The current historical centre, whose main attraction is the castle, was surrounded by what remains of the ancient walls and some fascinating entry gates miraculously survived against wars and conflicts to the present day.
At first sight the castle appears made up of buildings built in different periods and in different architectural styles.
The first nucleus of the castle very probably dates back to Greek-Gothic war and on its ruins was built the various buildings over the centuries.
Around the castle developed the town that later got a great importance from an artistic and cultural point of view.
Tourists can reach the Castle of Conversano from Piazza Conciliazione through a portal of 1710 in baroque style which allows access to the courtyard and the porch.
The old town provides many insights into the fascinating history of the place such as the monastery of St. Benedict dating back to the sixth century which can be reached through a suggestive staircase entering from Porta Tarantina.
The attractions of Conversano also include its Cathedral Basilica, dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption and much more.
But I'll write about all this and more in the next post.. so don't miss it!
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