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  • Lucera

    by avivo Written Apr 3, 2008
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    Favorite thing: Lucera is an ancient city founded in Daunia, the centre of Dauni territory (in present day Apulia). Archeological excavations show the presence of a bronze age village inside the city boundaries. Lucera was probably named after either Lucius, a mythical Dauno king, or a temple dedicated to the goddess Lux Cereris. A third possibility is that the city was founded and named by the Etruscans, in which case the name probably means Holy Wood (luc = wood, eri = holy).

    In 321 BC the Roman army was deceived into thinking Lucera was under siege by the Samnites. Hurrying to relieve their allies the army walked into an ambush and were defeated at the famous Battle of the Caudine Forks. The Samnites occupied Lucera but were thrown out after a revolt. The city sought Roman protection and in 320 BC was granted the status of Colonia Togata, which meant it was ruled by the Roman Senate. 2500 Romans moved to Lucera in order to strengthen the ties between the two cities. From then on Lucera was known as a steadfast supporter of Rome.

    During the civil wars of the late Republic Pompey set up his headquarters in Lucera, but abandoned the city when Julius Caesar approached. Lucera quickly switched its allegiance and Caesar's clemency spared it from harm. In the next civil war between Octavian and Mark Anthony the city did not escape as lightly. After the war Octavian settled many veteran soldiers on the lands of the ruined city. This helped Lucera recover quickly and marked an era of renewed prosperity. Many of the surviving Roman landmarks hail from this Augustan period, among them the Luceran amphitheatre.

    With the fall of the Western Roman Empire the city of Lucera entered into a state of decline. In 663 AD it was captured from the Lombards and destroyed by the Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II.

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    Fondest memory: The best memory was the castle and the hote, "Palace Lucera Hotel" with a beautful spa. I reserved my trip with calimbatravel.it, a travel agency.

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    • Budget Travel
    • Spa and Resort

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  • Lucera e Monti dauni

    by avivo Written Apr 3, 2008

    Favorite thing: Lucera is an ancient city founded in Daunia, the centre of Dauni territory (in present day Apulia). Archeological excavations show the presence of a bronze age village inside the city boundaries. Lucera was probably named after either Lucius, a mythical Dauno king, or a temple dedicated to the goddess Lux Cereris. A third possibility is that the city was founded and named by the Etruscans, in which case the name probably means Holy Wood
    In 321 BC the Roman army was deceived into thinking Lucera was under siege by the Samnites. Hurrying to relieve their allies the army walked into an ambush and were defeated at the famous Battle of the Caudine Forks. The Samnites occupied Lucera but were thrown out after a revolt. The city sought Roman protection and in 320 BC was granted the status of Colonia Togata, which meant it was ruled by the Roman Senate. 2500 Romans moved to Lucera in order to strengthen the ties between the two cities. From then on Lucera was known as a steadfast supporter of Rome.

    Fondest memory: The best menory is the City Castel and the hotel "PALACE LUCERA" with a beautiful spa.
    I reserved my trip with an italian travel agent www.calibatravel.it. All perfect

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    San Domino

    by janchan Updated Apr 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The biggest island of the Tremiti's archipelago, it is covered by a pine wood. It is great to have a tour with a boat around the coast. You can visit the many beautiful caves, such as the "Grotta del Sale" (...of the salt), the "Grotta delle Viole" (...of the violets) and the "Grotta del Bue Marino" (...of the seal).
    On the island there is also the only small beach easily accessible... but usually too crowdy.

    Fondest memory: Cala Diamante (Diamond Bay) in the green island of San Domino.

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    • Beaches
    • Sailing and Boating

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    San Nicola

    by janchan Updated Apr 1, 2003

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    The Castle, San Nicola

    Fondest memory: San Nicola is a small island (1.6 km long and 450 m. wide) and the historical center of the archipelago. To see: the walls and the Castle built to protect the town, the church of S.ta Maria (XI century) with a beautiful abbey.

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    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel

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    Vieste

    by piccolina Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The white Vieste 'whose name us as light and kind as the hesitation of a first half-closed kiss ', exerts a great charm on the soul and feelings, of those people who visit it and stay there, and this whether they be poets or simple tourists. Vieste rises on the extreme eastern peak of Gargano between two sickle-shaped beaches. The view of small town from the sea seems especially fit for the nature which surround it: the white and narrow houses lean one upon the other, in rows here and there broken by stair-alleys, often surmounted by flowery arches, and by very small squares. The town and the promontory on which it stands are dominated by the Castle, built by Frederic II and fortified by Charles of Anjou. Most of the town extends between the Castle and the roadstead limited by the cape of San Felice, which stretches towards the reef on which rises the Tower of the Lanterna, and by the cape of San Francesco where the small church dedicated to the Saint is situated. The Cathedral built on a roman temple overlooks the white houses. Beyond the cape of San Felice the large beach of San Lorenzo stretches for seven kilometers to north-east of Vieste. To the south, where the promontory fails perpendicularly to the sea with a high rocky wall, the soft and white beach called 'of the Castle ' extends on a slight slope to the sea.

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