The tour “On the traces of Frederick II of Swabia” is focused on three symbolic places linked to Frederick II of Swabia: Trani, Castel del Monte and the National Park of the High Murgia, strictly connected with ech other, not only from a historical point of view, but also a regards  the territory in which they are situated.

The nearest  THEMIS port: Port of Barletta (distance: 15.8 km / travel time 20 min)

The tour starts early in the morning (at about 9:30am) from the Swabian Castle in Trani, where visitors, accompanied by the tourist guide Rossella, will feel immersed in the history of the castle built by Frederick II of Swabia, to protect the Reign of Sicily. The guided visit will continue to the Cathedral of the town, the highest example of Apulian Romanseque architecture. It is inserted in a splendid lasndscape, overlooking the sea and the nearby Templar Church of All Saints, which once was used to host not only pilgrims but also Crusaders leaving for the Holy Land.

The tour will continue by bus, towards one of the most important tourist desrinations in southern Italy: Castel del Monte, an octagonal shaped fortress, built by Frederick II around 1240 and belonging to the UNESCO heritage since 1996.  The whole castle is not only a splendid example of Medieval architecture, built in quartz and limestone, but its structure is also a symbol of magic ad exoterism. The guided visit of the castle will last an hour, during the visit participants will  immerse in the history and in all the legends and symbolism that the local tradition has absorbed over centuries.

At 12.30pm, participants will be offered a lunch organized by the Farmhouse Sei Carri, an excellent farmhouse situated within the National Park of the High Murgia. In its very beautiful rooms built in stone, dishes based on the old recipes of the typical peasant cuisine tradition of the Murgia and the old Apulian gastronomical tradition, will be served, accompanied by the red wine from Troia, produced in the nearby vineyards.

In the afternoon there will be a performance of foklore music and dances by the dancer-singer Benedetta Lusito who, with her movements and melodies, will delight the ears and eyes of the participants, letting them travel back to time, through the folklore of Puglia.

After the singing ad dancing, it is time to enjoy the wonderful nature by a walk in the nature of the National Park of the High Murgia, accompanied by a trekking guide among woods and steppes, in order to have the opportunity of enjoying the biodiversity of the Park and to learn how to recognize the edible plants, used in the Murgian cuisine for centuries. The participants will be given the possibility of collecting these plants, and the old recipes based on these plants, will be given to them.

The Federiciano Travel agency is specialized in offering tourists the possibility of living amazing experiences in Puglia, by interesting tours, being in line with an eco-friendly tourism and meant for those who want to discover a different side of Puglia, not touched by the traditional tourist flows, and for those who want to live unique experiences as tourist-actor-protagonists, thanks to exciting cultural, enogastronomic, naturalistic and sea tours.

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In the vicinity of Barletta