In the heart of the city centre, in the basement of a 14th century building, located in Via Cialdini, there is an ancient wrought iron sign that reads “Antica Taverna del Sole” (Antique Tavern of the Sun) 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 area, made disparaging remarks about the Italian locals, as Italians under domination, were beginning to  claim their own identity and culture. Such remarks  triggered the reaction of 13 Italian knights, representing one of the first and important historical events that marked 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, that faithfully reconstruct the atmosphere where the famous event took place, allowing for a fascinating journey back in time.

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