Bitonto is a city and comune in the province of Bari (Apulia region), Italy. It is nicknamed the "City of Olives" due to the numerous olive groves surrounding the city.

The city was founded by the Peucetii, and its inhabitants referred to by the Greek settlers of the region as Butontinoi, an ethnonym of uncertain derivation. According to one tradition, the city was named after Botone, an Illyrian king. Its first city wall can be dated to the fifth to fourth centuries BC; traces remain in the foundations of the Norman walling. ...read more

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  • Palo del Colle
  • Palo del Colle
  • Palo del Colle
  • Palo del Colle

Palo del Colle is a town and comune in the province of Bari, Puglia, Italy.

The town of Palo del Colle is about 15 kilometres (9 mi) inland from the city of Bari. It is on a hill (hence the name "Pole on the Hill") 177 metres (581 ft) above sea level and covers 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi). The population at present is about 20,000. It was founded by the Illyrians, ancestors of the Bosnians and Albanians.

The main attraction of Bitetto is the Cathedral, one of the main examples of Apulian Romanesque architecture, built in 1335. It has a sober façade divided by false columns with a big rose window. Of the three portals, the central one has a rich series of sculptures: two stone lions supporting columns with carved capitals showing vegetable motifs; these in turn support is a lunette with basreliefs of Christ and the twelve apostles. The frame has instead scenes from the New Testament. The interior was plastered in the 18th century, but was restored to the original Romanesque style in 1959. It has a nave and two aisles; the transept has three apses.

Altamura is a city and comune of Apulia, southern Italy. It is located on one of a hill of the Murge plateau in the province of Bari, 45 kilometres (28 miles) South-West of Bari, close to the border with Basilicata. As of 2011 its population was of 70,288. The city is known for its particular quality of bread called Pane di Altamura, which is sold in numerous other Italian cities. According to the Latin poet Horace: "...for water is sold here, though the worst in the world; but their bread is exceeding fine, inasmuch that the weary traveler is used to carry it willingly on his shoulders...read more

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