Volturara Appula

Authentic villages of Italy
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The foundation of a first town, called Uluria, dates back to 50 B.C. and the Uluri, who used to live in caves. The current name of the charming village derives instead from the wind Libeccio, which is used to caress these places, formerly called vultur.

The medieval urban structure is perfectly readable, thanks also to the modest expansion in the following centuries of the residential nucleus. In the Middle Ages Volturara was the episcopal seat (until 1818) and an important administrative centre, located along important roads, such as the Tratturo Regio Castel di Sangro - Lucera. The small town over the centuries was under the rule of several noble families: from Carafa to Gozaga, from Caracciolo to Pignatelli.

Along the neat and characteristic streets of the old town there are small architectural jewels, such as the beautiful thirteenth-century Cathedral, a masterpiece of the Apulian Romanesque dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, its mighty bell tower, the sixteenth-century Palazzo Ducale linked to the feudal Caracciolo, Palazzo Pignatelli now Cairelli, former seat of the Episcopal Curia.

In the '200 here Frederick II established the Fair of San Luca, which is held in October, still characterized by the presence of eels of Lesina, at the behest of the Swabian sovereign. Along the road that leads from the village to the seventeenth-century Sanctuary of the Madonna della Sanità you can refresh yourself at the beautiful Ulizzo Fountain; while downstream are the remains of the Taverna and the Mill of Campolattaro.

Voltura, recently raised to the national news for having given birth to the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, is surrounded by a vast forest, characterized by the presence of many springs oligominerali and sulfur.

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