Monteleone di Puglia

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On the plateau occupied by the village in the fourteenth century the Poor of Lyon, Waldensian exiles from Provence and forced to flee because of the Avignon captivity of the pope and the persecution of the Inquisition. The place name Munt Lyon is due to this circumstance.

Other important historical events have characterized before and after the Monteleonese territory. In 1142 in the nearby forest of Selva Mala was held the second series of meetings of the Assize of Ariano (the first had been held in 1140 in the plateau of Camporeale), in which the legislative acts issued by Roger II were approved and that constitute the first Constitution of a state, the Kingdom of Sicily.

On 23 August 1942 Monteleone jumped to the headlines to be the first theater of civil resistance to the Fascist regime. The riot broke out following the kidnapping by the carabinieri of corn pots to women who went to the oven. The latter were the protagonists of the popular rebellion to the cry of "We want bread! We want to flour!".

The village today is an oasis of tranquility, among alleys and small spaces on which they insist unexpected architectural gems, such as the Church of San Giovanni Battista and dell'Addolorata, the sixteenth-century Obelisk, the palaces City and Trombetti. While the most recent part of the country has been embellished in recent years by remarkable works of art street.

Just outside the village among various farms where you can taste the dairy products linked to an ancient tradition, connected to the passage of the Royal Tratturo Pescasseroli Candela, there is the pretty Church of San Rocco and the forest of Selva Mala

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