In the olive groves, close to the small town of Torchiarolo, lies the ancient settlement of Valesio where the remains of a sturdy Messapian fortification, architectural feature and tombs can be seen. Taking the scenic route home from San Pietro Vernotico, through the olive groves that lie between San Pietro and Torchiarolo, we accidentally stumbled…
Puglia History, what about it? Puglia is immersed in ancient history. It is a melting pot of many different cultures having been continuously invaded and conquered. From every event, Puglia absorbed and retained something, Even now the locals speak more in local dialects than in Italian, every town apparently having its own dialect.
As many as 4000 dinosaur footprints, believed to have been from five dinosaur species, have been discovered in the De Lucia quarry, near Altamura.
Altamura also boasts the remains of early man, the “Man of Altamura”, believed to be 150,000 years old (which means he lived during the Middle-Upper Pleistocene) and found in the cave of Lamalunga. The cave is accessed via a 10-metre sinkhole leading into a tunnel at the end of which are the remains of the Altamura man. Altamura is, in fact, an important archaeological area. The National Archaeological Museum of Altamura hosts a wealth of findings dating from the early Bronze Age to the late Hellenistic age.