Bisceglie and its Port
Bisceglie is an an Italian port city that is located at 16 meters above the sea level; it has a high and rocky coast and a littoral among the most beautiful in the Puglia Region in which cliffs and sand alternate. Moreover, it has been inhabited since the Paleolithic.
The numerous archaeological discoveries have survived relatively intact until today, such as the dolmens - megalithic monuments having a burial-altar function. The most famous of these, the dolmen of Chianca, is situated about five kilometers from the centre of the town.
There are also many Casali settlements, often fortified. The inhabitants of these Casali, later, would move towards the medieval stronghold built on the sea and equipped with Defence Towers from the Aragonese Period. Precious are also the churches in romanico-pugliese style, from among which emerges the beauty of the Cathedral from which depart and arrive all the roads of the ancient city both from and to the sea side (at the port) and from the countryside (outside the ancient walls, which are still largely visible).
The most impressive area, recommended for tourists interested in art remains the ancient Bourg. Come and visit Bisceglie and the Bisceglie Approdi S.p.A
History of the port of Bisceglie
The Apulia port of Bisceglie is imbedded at the feet of the ancient city within two ancient streets ( La Marina Street and Porto Street) in which once flowed two old rivers.
The Normans had grasped the particularity of the Bisceglie Coast, making of the present port their residence on the sea. Other signs of the intense traffic of our port are dated by the large stone ring which now form the bastion of S. Martino, to which the ships were probably attached during the Bourbon Period.
By 1700 the present molo vecchio was constructed, in the east of the port basin. At the centre of the Medieval port of Bisceglie there is a small area called ‘La Cassa’, with a point on which there are large blocks of stone: it is possible that this formed the end part of a bridge carried out (or partially built) in the Swabian period.
It was during the XVIII and XIX century that the commercial traffic of the Italian port of Bisceglie became more dynamic, until it declined at the end of the XIX century, by the invention of motor engines which allowed longer voyages with larger boats, but which were not adapted to the depth of the port basin.
The new tourist port, instead, was built inside the historical port basin and along the road linking the two piers.
The port of Bisceglie has about 500 boat moorings , for boats of up to 25 m. The floating bridges in the zone of the dock are attached to a new pier carried out as a prolongation of the above mentioned ”Cassa“, an extension of the presumable ancient pier from the Swabian period. Learn more about the history of the medieval port of Bisceglie with the Bisceglie Approdi S.p.A.
Tourism in Apulia
A few miles of navigation along the Apulian coast to discover enchanting places:
Known as the “Gateway to the East”, it is located in the south of the Adriatic sea, the easternmost point of Italy, overlooking the strait that bears its name for the Strait of Otranto. Otranto, despite the destruction suffered, has a very well defined historic core with its houses painted in bright colors and closed within the walls of the fortifications.
A coastal village featured by the Rabbit Island. This island is placed in front of the Porto Cesareo’s stunning coastline. The island offers the possibility of beautiful diving in touch with the typical flora and fauna conserved in the place.
Famous in antiquity for being a Cretan and Greek colony, but today for the production of citrus and for being one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Gargano. The beach of fine golden sand stretches as far as the eye and follows the coastline until we reach the cliffs that enclose and protect the nearby San Menaio.
It can be considered the heel of Italy, where the sea currents meet in the Ionian and Adriatic sea. Its coastline is without doubt the most varied of Salento, and among the most beautiful in Puglia.
Sited just 40 km from the capital, and 7 from Bisceglie it is the epicenter of the North-Bari area. It is a tourist town with beaches and an old city center full of art and history.
It’s a XIII century building constructed by Emperor Frederick II in Apulia near Santa Maria del Monte. It is situated on a hill in the western chain of the Murge, 540 meters above sea level. The nearest towns are Andria (18 km) and Ruvo di Puglia Corato (21 km). It has been listed as national monuments in 1936 and UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
It is known to be the city where the relics of St. Nicholas are kept. Such a privilege has made Bari one of the centers favored by the Orthodox Church in the West. Bari has a strong mercantile tradition and has always been a focal point in the trade as well as a political and cultural contacts with Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Its port is now the largest passenger port in the Adriatic Sea.