San Ferdinando di Puglia was founded by the King Ferdinand II of Bourbon as an agricultural colony, with the intent to solve some economic and social problems  in the southern part of the Tavoliere delle Puglie. Originally, the land was uncoltivated, but the King ordered the tilled land to be skillfully and consistently farmed. Thanks to these two requirements, the area was transformed into a real farming treasure chest which is still exported all over the world nowadays. Among the monuments and sites of interest,  are the Clock Tower and the Civic Museum. The latter hosts a permanent exhibition of traditional customs and culture. It consists of an archaeological section where findings from the area are displayed, ranging between the Neolithic to the early Middle Ages, and of an ethnographic section rich in objects and tools of the rural civilization. There are also reproductions of various settings of the ancient society of San Ferdinando: the classroom, the farmer’s house, the stable, the blacksmith’s carpenter’s, the tin and coppersmith’s workshops. In the city it is also possible to admire some important monuments, such as the ancient post office of San Cassano, which is the most ancient palace together with the little church of the Santi Medici in the central square. Equally noteworthy is the parish church Maria SS. of the Rosary, dating back to the first decades of the 20th century, commissioned and built by the parish priest of the church, Monsignor Raffaele Lopez with the offerings paid weekly by all citizens of the town, thus earning the definition of “Soldo Church”. The river Ofanto flows near the village and is the largest river in Southern Italy, providing an untouched natural landscape featuring a very rare wild flora and fauna.

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