In the heart of the city centre, in the basement of a building of the 14th century, located in Via Cialdini, there is an ancient wrought iron sign that reads “Antica Taverna del Sole” announcing the historic place – once known as the House of Poison – linked to the famous defeat of Barletta. It was in this cellar that the French knights, who at that time dominated this territory, offended the Italian locals, whose people, not yet defined geographically, began to claim their own identity and culture. That offense triggered the reaction of 13 knights, representing one of the first and important historical events that sanctioned the birth of Italian nationality (and patriotism). The cellar is now transformed into a museum where ancient objects are exhibited, together with tables, stools and benches, faithfully reconstructing the atmosphere where the famous event took place, presenting a fascinating journey into history.

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