The historic site, Canne della Battaglia, is close to Barletta, 12 km from Canosa di Puglia and only 8 km from B&B Barletta Acasamia. Dating back to the Stone Age, it is situated on an elevation in the Ofanto valley, amongst vineyards and ancient olive groves.
Destroyed in 547 during the Gothic War, Canne della Battaglia later gained status in 1100, after it became part of the diocese governed by bishop San Ruggero (St. Roger), patron saint of Barletta, who ordered the construction of a sanctuary, still visible today.
Canne flourished under Byzantine rule until 1083, but during Norman possession, it was subsequently destroyed by Roberto il Guiscardo, provoking an exodus of the population to nearby Barletta.
There are various sites of interest in this small town, such as the ruins of the medieval town and the ‘Antiquarium’; a history museum which documents the influence of various populations on the area, from pre-history to the middle ages, and which houses exhibits including, bronze and amber ornaments, burial artifacts, ceramics, Byzanitine coinage, etc. In addition, it holds a rich collection of pottery from the ‘dauno-peuceti’ era, discovered in various sites nearby.
In collaboration with qualified guides, Bed and Breakfast Barletta Acasamia can organise a tour of Canne della Battaglia and the museum for its guests. B&B Barletta Acasamia, which offers guests the convenience of secure, video-monitored parking, is also located close by the archaeological site for guests interested in planning a visit.
The Margherita di Savoia saltpan faces the Adriatic and the Gargano Gulf and is only a few kilometers from B&B Barletta Acasamia. The largest saltpan in Europe and a protected natural reserve, it was known as early as the 3rd century A.D. The salt extraction industry began to develop at the end of the 16th century and during the 17th century, the ruling Bourbons declared it to be, “The most precious jewel in our crown”. In the 18th century the saltpan underwent further expansion and in 1879, was renamed after the queen consort, Margherita di Savoia, wife of Umberto I.
The museum at the saltpan houses a cultural centre and is also where scientific research is carried out. Its varied programme of activities include; guided tours of the historical collection, the saltpan and wetlands, educational workshops, scientific events, exhibitions, concerts, etc.
To know more about the guided tours available at the Margherita di Savoia saltpan, please contact Bed and Breakfast Barletta HYPERLINK “http://www.pbacasamia.com/bedandbreakfastbarlettahotel/bed-and-breakfast-barletta-andria-trani-pbacasamia-vacanze-in-puglia/”Acasamia; we can recommend or organize the most suitable tour for guests. Vehicles can be left in our secure and video monitored car park, so guests can enjoy a day out with complete peace of mind.
In the 1500`s, as a result of food shortages and an increased demand for oil, farmers from the province of Barletta, Andria and Trani, reduced much of the vine cultivation on the hillsides of Castel Del Monte and substituted it with olive grove plantations.
“Green Gold” is the name given to the oil obtained exclusively from the ‘Coratina’ olive which grows on the slopes of Castel Del Monte, in the Barletta, Andria and Trani.province.
The ‘Coratina’ variety is fruity and intense with a pungent note; it is rich in polyphenols and has a low acidic level, under 0,35% compared to the average olive oil in commerce. The chemical composition of this mono-variety of olive guarantees its characteristic notes.
Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine and your medicine be food” and Greek physician and ‘father’ of medicine’, Galeno, was one of many ancestors who confirmed the therapeutic properties of olive oil. Today modern science also recognizes the indisputable value of olive oil as a ‘medicinal food’ with proven health benefits due to the properties of oleic acid.
Every year, the municipalities from the BAT province, hold a variety of events to promote and publicize the importance of the local treasure, “Green Gold” olive oil. If you would like to attend any of these events whilst staying at Bed and Breakfast Acasamia in Barletta, or would like to be informed about these events, please contact Francesco Damico (tel:3202982429) for further information.