Celle di San Vito

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The smallest Borgo di Puglia is an enchanted place made of low stone houses whose doors are adorned with embroidered curtains, small squares, beautiful green woods, springs of pure water, quiet and peace.

The origin of the small town, and its name, is related to the existence in the eleventh century of the Monastery of San Nicola, along the Via Francigena, on the slopes of Monte San Vito. The village, however, was born in the second half of the thirteenth century, following the allocation of a Franco-Provencal colony in the nearby fortified farmhouse of Crepacore (no longer existing), at the behest of Charles of Anjou. The Francophones then abandoned Crepacore and settled upstream, in a safer position, building the new village from the core of the ancient monastery.

Celle is still the only Franco-Provençal island in Southern Italy with the nearby Faeto.

The characteristic and minute old town leads the visitor to enjoy wide and evocative views and to dwell on the testimonies of the past such as the beautiful Church of Santa Caterina and the Arch of Provence.

Just outside the town flows the Via Francigena, which in this stretch follows the ancient Trajan; along it you can still see the rock church of San Vito, the source of the river Celone and the ancient Taverna.

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B&B located in Celle di San Vito, small village of the Monti Dauni of French-Provencal language.

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