Barletta is part of the Andria-Barletta-Trani joint province, also known as BAT, and it directly overlooks the Adriatic Sea and the Gulf of Manfredonia.
The nearest airport to the city is the International Karol Wojtyła Airport in Bari, while the main train station is located in the city center and, with its numerous high-speed trains, it is frequently used by tourist and locals.
The city is also crossed by the Ofanto river: its waters can be considered a natural border between the territory of Barletta and the one of the near city Margherita di Savoia.
Barletta’s attractions can be easily visited by walking. The first monument we suggest to visit is the Colossus of Barletta, a bronze statue representing a Roman Emperor. You’ll find it with no struggle, since is located in the main street of the city, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, and it’s about 13 feet tall.
Very close to the Colossus you can visit the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, a 12th-century church strictly connected to the journey to the Holy Land to Jerusalem.
If you walk past the Teatro Curci, you can still hear some opera or shows airing at the moment: this theatre, built in 1868, has a decadent front facade that looks more like a royal palace than a place of music and dramatics: one evening, if you are lucky, you can reserve a seat to enjoy a high-class performance.
The Castle of Barletta is another wonderful piece of history: erected in the 10th century by the Normans it has been used in 1943 by the Italian military, during the defence against the German army.
During the first weeks of September the city becomes the stage of a characteristic historical re-enactment: the Disfida of Barletta, the battle that in 1503 saw the Italian knights, led by the commander Ettore Fieramosca, fighting against the French to affirm their strength.
For a real taste of the city, look for fresh pasta like orecchiette or cavatelli and if you want something special go for lampascioni, some kind of onion with a very particular flavor.
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