7 days in Puglia, Italy - 09/16/2023-9/22/2023

Day 1-Bari


Old town

Old town Cont.

Dinner at La Tana del Polpo

Day 2-Monopoli

and Polignano a Mare

Monopoli-Old port

Old town

Monopoli Cathedral

Purgatory Church

Polignano a Mare

Old town and the coast line

Dinner at Biancofiore

Day 3- Matera

Matera city

Matera Cathedral

Matera Cont.

Sassi Barisano & Caves

Palombaro Lugo

Dinner at Buenalleggre

Day 4-Alberobello/Ostuni
Basilica of St. Comas & Damian
lunch at Alimentari
Trullo Sovrano
Old Town
Old town cont.
Ostuni cont.
Dinner at Ceralacca
Day 5- Bari
Norman Swabian Castle
City Walk
Lunch at Bottega del Tortellino
Pane e Pomodoro beach
Cocktail & Dinner
  Day 6-Trani

Port and Cathedral of Trani

Inside the Cathedral

Lunch at Giu a Sud

old Town


Dinner at La Baresana

Day 7-Bari
Last day in Bari

Day 5- Bari-9/20/2023

The Norman-Swabian castle

 The Norman-Swabian Castle (Castello Normanno-Svevo) was built in 1132 on the Adriatic seafront under the reign for Norman King Roger II, the conqueror to keep the citizen or Bari under control.

The Castle was destroyed in 1156 by King William I of Sicily, and was resurrected and fortified in 1233 under the patronage of the Holy Roman emperor Frederick II. Over time, it saw various transformations during the Angevin domination, and after being held by several noble families, it eventually became a prison and barracks under the King of Naples.  Today it is home to a museum and the city's cultural center. The castle is surrounded by a moat and located close to the old town between the old dockyard and the Cathedral


Encircled by a moat on all sides, except its northern border with the sea, accessible via a bridge and gate to the south, the castle primarily features Aragon walls and the prominent Hohenstaufen tower.


Western rampart of the castle.


Bridge leading to the entrance of the castle.


Entering the castle.


View of the moat on the Western ramparts.  In the background on the right is the old town.




Moat on the left hand side on the entrance of the castle.


The entrance of the museum


Huge courtyard inside the castle.



Ruins structures that was dismantled during the 16th century.


Huge rusted anchor.


The portal was built between the 14th and 15th decades of the 13th century. The arch with carves ashlars in which numerous creatures are represented.


On the keystone of the arch an eagle appears clutching a prey.  This subject frequently occurring in the Frederician architecture is a typical symbol of Imperial power


The portal leads to the Atrium marked by columns covered with cross vaults.


The columns are adorned with capitals decorated with plants and animal motifs.


Clover view of a column and capital.


On the left is the door leading to the audio room an on the right is a door leading to the inner courtyard.


Inner courtyard.


Fresco of the Pappacoda family's coat of arms between a Saint Bishop and a Saint Hermit.  It could be dated between 1524 and 1556.

It is located at the entrance of the Multi Media room.


The entrance to the Multi media room


The Multi Media room where people can listen and watch the history of Bari.


The inner courtyard is the result of the 16th century renovation commissioned by Bona Sforza 


The inner courtyard.


The inner courtyard is massive.


We are now entering the Gipsoteca which a plaster museum.  The plaster casts were created by Sculptors Pasquale Duretto and Mario Sabatelli in 1911 for the national exhibition held in Rome of the 15th anniversary of the unification of Italy. 


The collection includes 130 plaster casts reproduction of capitals, sculptural decoration, portals, archivolts of the most reprentative religious and civil monument of Puglia.


Main portal lunette of Madonna with child and two angels from the Cathedral dell'Assunta e di S. Michele Arcangeleo


Plaster casts from The church di S. Agostino.


Lunette of Christ portal flanked by Saint Remingio and Saing Leonardo.


Sculptural decorations


Decorative wall shelves.




Carved portal.


The exhibition hall is super long.



Decorative urn.


Ngeun looking at a work of art.



Colosso di BarlettaTesta di erclio


beautiful sculptures


Excavation area on the ground floor with settlement structure of a Byzantine building.


Remains of the original Byzantine building.  It was discovered during restoration work and the was built over.


We are now exiting the Castle and headed toward the old town.


NEXT... Day 5- City Walk




Our house


Photo Gallery

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