he Natural Park of Selva Reale is in the heart of Alta Murgia very near to some of the most beautiful places of Northern Puglia such as Castel del Monte, Alberobello; Trani, Castellana Grotte and many other enchanting places to visit.
Let us suggest where you can stop off.
Castel del Monte – Andria
Castel del Monte dates back to the XIII century built by the Emperor Frederick II, near Santa Maria del Monte,18km from the city. It is on a hill on the western Murge,540m above sea level, it was also added to the list of Italian national monuments in 1936 and that of UNESCO in 1996.
Alberobello (in dialect larubedd) is a district of the Murge in the region of Puglia,in the province of Bari, with about 10,000 inhabitants, declared part of UNESCO in 1996. It rises up in the Valle d’Itria and is in the middle of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. On the eastern hills stands the new city with modern characteristics whereas on the eastern side the Trullis line up, subdivided in 2 quarters, “Monti” and “Aia Piccola” both national monuments. Trulli are an architectural example of universal value as they are from a cultural tradition which has disappeared and demonstrate a significant period of human history.
Grotte di Castellana
Extraordinary group of subterranean caverns of carsic origin interesting to both tourists and speleologists, near the Murge about 500m from the town. They are among the most fascinating in Italy. There is also a speleological museum.
National Archeological Museum: Jatta Ruvo di Puglia
The city is noted all over the world for its Sassi, recognized in 1993 by UNESCO(the first southern Italian site to receive such a recognition) Matera is among the cities decorated for military valour for the war of liberation because it was honoured with the silver of military valour due to the sacrifices its population made in the second world war,being the first city of the South to rise up against the Nazis.
The city Altamura is known all over Italy and abroad above all for its bread DOP, its cathedral an example of Romanic puglian , gothic style(XIII century) and for the world interest of paleontologists: the man of Altamura and the cave of the dinosaurs. A lot of Altamura is in the National park of Altamura.
Gravina di Puglia
Gravina today offers to visitors eyes an extraordinary scene in its exotic and mysterious landscapes, and the unquestionable works of art on view: squares, churches, museums and libraries. Also Gravina underground is fascinating.
Bari is the biggest and most economically important city which faces the Adriatic sea. It is the ninth Italian district for the population, third in the South after Naples and Palermo and first in the region. Its heart is a metropolitan area of about 1,000,000 inhabitants. Rich in history, its historical centre breathes monuments and modern life.
This city is noted for its architecture and its artistic beauty which recall a glorious past, like the Romanic cathedral, the most prestigious building in the town, the Swabian castle built in 1233 under the reign of Federico II, the church Santa Maria di Colonna just over a mile from the city, it was once out of the city but now it is part of a busy tourist centre. It was built at the same time as the Benedictine monastery between the end of the XI century and the beginning of the XII, by the Trani noble Goffredo Siniscalco.
Dominated by the Norman Towers and the beautiful coast animated by clubs and restaurants, its old part preserves many memories from the past such as the cathedral, the Santa Margherita church, the ancient church of Sant’Adoeno and the medieval castle built by Swabia, then expanded and embellished by the Angionini. Bisceglie is an important stop for tourists and students, for the Dolmen,and ancient construction of stone, immersed in a vast archeological park.