San Ferdinando di Puglia was founded by the monarch Ferdinando II of Bourbon as an agricultural colony, in order to try to respond to some problems of an economic and social nature, which afflicted the southern part of the Tavoliere delle Puglie. Originally, the land was uncultivated, but he ordered that the tilled land was cultivated with skill and consistency. Thanks to these two requirements, the area was transformed into a real productive treasure, which still today is exported all over the world. Among the monuments and sites of interest, there 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 in which are kept discoveries of the area, ranging from the Neolithic to the early Middle Ages, and an ethnographic section rich in objects and tools of 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 workshop, the carpenter’s, the tin and the cooper. 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 salary paid weekly by all citizens of the town, thus earning the definition of “Soldo Church”. In the vicinity of the village finally flows the river Ofanto, the largest river in Southern Italy, which offers an uncontaminated natural landscape characterised by a rare wild flora and fauna.

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