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Altamura is an interesting little city located 45 kilometers inland in the province of Bari. It has various claims to fame.
These include Altamura Man, the perfectly preserved 400,000 year old skeleton of a pre-Neanderthalian hominid discovered in a limestone cave near the town.
No less important, however, is its renowned bread (click here for the recipe). According to the Latin poet Horace, "...for water is sold here, though the worst in the world; but their bread is exceeding fine, inasmuch that the weary traveler is used to carry it willingly on his shoulders." You may not often be obliged to carry your bread on your shoulders, but in Altamura the bread is made in round forms of various sizes, small, medium, large and extra-large . . . like as large as the wheel of a car!
Let's take a walk through the historic center of town . . .
|The gateway into the walled old town
|A loggia tucked away in the courtyard of 15th century Palazzo Viti
|The entry to the Cathedral, built in 1232, another of the city's bragging points.
|What the lion and I saw across the piazza from the Cathedral
|Detail of the Puglian-Romanesque style cathedral's intricately carved portal
|The cathedral's golden interior
|Angels are watching over you!
|Detail of the cathedral flooring - kind of Escher-like!
Don't forget to stop in at Caffè Ronchi, located right next to the cathedral, not only for an espresso, but to try their famous Padre Peppe walnut liqueur. It's made by distilling walnuts in pure alcohol for 3 years, then filtering them and leaving them to age for another 2 years. It's worth the wait, though, quite delicious!