Altamura is an important historical town situated in the heart of the Puglia Apulia region of south-east Italy best known for its cathedral and Museum of Archaeology. This ancient settlement was originally surrounded by megalithic walls built in the 5th - 3th century BC, and parts of which are still visible in the road called 'Corso Umberto I'.
See history of Altamura for a more detailed guide to the ancient origins of the town. Start your visit in Cathedral Square. In the middle of the square there is a 'monument to the fallen' from by sculptor Arnaldo Zocchi. Altamura Cathedral is at the heart of the city and was built between and by Frederick II of Swabia, who dedicated it to the Virgin. The rose window in the facade is a rare example of 14th century Apulian style and there is also a Gothic portal, probably from the early 15th century.
It is rich with decorations and sculptures, contained in a projecting porch supported on two stone lions, redone in and guarding the entrance to the Cathedral. The portal, built inis carved with scenes from the Old and New Testaments, while the interior contains Baroque altars and a wood ceiling.
On the 16th century cloister capitals you can see the Farnese coat of arms six golden lilies on an azure field, with the addition of a silver cross on a red field. Note also the balcony overlooking the garden which is very well decorated. The 16th century church and convent of San Domenico in the Piazza Zanardelli opens on to public gardens.
The interior of the Church has paintings and marble altars and a tiled floor from the midth century. While you are here you should also visit the Altamura Municipal Museum which is an impressive archaeology museum with many artefacts from the region dating back up to years.
The museum is in five sections arranged on two floors, to cover the paleolithic, prehistoric, archaic, classical and Hellenistic Ages. The Exhibition Hall, with an exhibition of the 'Prehistory of food' is open to the public, and in the porch there is a small section with some Roman funeral inscriptions.
On the back of the building there are some remains of archaeological excavations conducted in various locations near Altamura. Altamera is known as the 'city of bread' and its bread making traditions and reputation has existed for centuries. In 37 BC Horace told travellers that it is "far the best bread to be had" and advised travellers to stock up before they leave.
Modern day travellers would be well advised to do the same. The bread is so good, along with the foccachia, mozarella and a local mushroom, that Altamura's McDonalds restaurant was forced to close after just two years - unable to compete with the local foods! The "bread of Altamura", is a course-grain bread made from wheat flour nd baked in old wood-burning ovens. In general, local wines are very 'vigorous'. You can find more local travel ideas in the Puglia guide. Largely unknown to tourism, Tricarico contains a good number of fascinating palazzos and churches.
Altamura hotels. Search hotels. Altamura Museum While you are here you should also visit the Altamura Municipal Museum which is an impressive archaeology museum with many artefacts from the region dating back up to years. Ruvo di Puglia Ruvo di Puglia has an attractive old centre and and attractive Romanesque cathedral.
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Travel might only be permitted for certain purposes, and touristic travel in particular may not be allowed. Read more. Fuori le Mura features a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Altamura. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace.
Rooms are new, large, modern, clean and quiet. Good breakfast. Excellent restaurant!! We ate dinner there every night during our 2-night stay. Best porcini pasta ever had in Italy! Location is convenient with a car. Secure gated parking garage.
Offering free parking and free Wi-Fi right in the center of Altamura, Hotel Svevia features air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV.
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Busses to Matera and Bari stop feet away. Breakfast - more than just a briosch. Fantastic that kids got hot milk chockolade to drink. There were good cheap pizzerias and pasticcerias nearby. It offers free parking and rooms with flat-screen TVs and free internet access. Staff and management could not be more helpful.
Calderoni Martini Suite in Altamura has 4-star accommodations with a shared lounge, a garden and a terrace. Set at the outskirts of Altamura, the 4-star Saurus Hotel features a garden with tables, chairs and parasols, and a sun terrace.
All rooms have a private balcony. Parking is free. The breakfast at the little cafe round the corner was lovely. The staff went out of their way to help us. It's in a great location just a short walk to main town square Piazza Duomo - Altamura is beautiful. This was a fantastic find for our stay in Altamura - very well located, quiet, and lovely interiors.
The room was always clean, and the owner Massimiliano is very helpful and accommodating, even suggested a nice restaurant in Matera and places to visit. Would definitely stay again when visiting again. Fantastic room, super comfortable, large and comfy. I didn't realize when I booked that the shower was in the room and the bathroom separate but it was comfortable nonetheless. Antonio was very kind throughout. WiFi worked and the location was excellent, right in the old town and literally a few steps from the cathedral.
Beautiful room and extremely comfy bed.Pane di Altamura Dop is a traditional Apulian bread product from the zone of the Murgia Altamura in the province of Bari. To get an idea as to how long and how much this bread has been part of the Puglia local food culture, the Latin poet Orazio in the 37 BC was hailing it the best bread he had ever eaten.
Pane di Altamura: the best bread in the world
For centuries in local agricultural society each family used to prepare a large dough of bread at home. They would then take it to a public oven or 'forno a legna' where it would cook with others made by families from the rest of the village. To avoid confusion the baker would mark each piece of bread with the name of its owner. When baked each family knew which loaf was their's. Although it is more romantic to think that the baker would call out the names one by one as he distributed the finished product.
The main characteristic of Altamura bread is its shelf life. It can last one or even two weeks and the averge loaf is a kilo in weight. Such was the filling nature of the bread their weekly diet consisted of little more than bread, olive oil and water.ALTAMURA - Una splendida città vista con gli occhi di DLT Viaggi
Altamura bread is made in 5 steps which makes it quite unique in Italy. The ingredients are ground semola and 'grano duro' grain strictly from the Alta Murgia. They are mixed with natural yeast, tepid water and marine salt. The dough is then left for hours under a cotton cloth before being worked again, and further left to rise for another hour, after which the characteristic cross is cut in the dough.
The traditional stone ovens or 'forni' are still much a part of the city. Those who know about these things say that a good Altamura bread has a smell approaching that of toasted cofee and when eaten there is a slight after-taste of vanilla. For more information: Consorzio per la Tutela del Pane di Altamura - www.
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The chef even made a special meal for one coworker who wanted a seafood appetizer, but without the fried food. So good! We even got a history of the home and learned that it was haunted. So cool! Service, contrary to other reviews, was excellent. The ambiance WAS affected by the empty basement environment.
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The food was only good, with nothing to set it apart, nothing to draw one to it. If you're there, you will eat well enough. We loved the quiet, peaceful setting that made conversation easy and relaxing. The food--veal picata, salad, tomato bisque and desserts--was scrumptious. Portions were just right. We recommend this restaurant for any occasion. Absolutely a wonderful place to dine. Everything from the beginning through dessert was perfect. Our server, Jamie went above and beyond to make our experience one of the best we've had New Orleans.
Lovely atmosphereknowledgeable waitress, generous portions, we'll be back! Everything was wonderful! The staff could not have been nicer, very knowledgeable and willing to explain.
Authentic Italian dishes with modern flair. Live piano was a great. We ate here the Monday after Jazz Fest. Monday's can be iffy, but the kitchen was on. We had a great experience. Amazing artichoke appetizer. We were sharing our entrees because they were both so good. A really unique location. We will go back, hopefully soon.Altamuratown, Puglia Apulia regione, southeastern Italy. Altamura lies on the Murge plateau at 1, feet m above sea levelsouthwest of Bari.
It was founded about by the Holy Roman emperor Frederick IIwho created several new towns in Apulia, to which he attracted Italians, Greeks, and Jews by grants of privileges for their aid in his struggle against the barons. The town is surrounded by the medieval high wall alta mura from which it takes its name. The Romanesque-style Cathedral of the Assumptionbegun in by Frederick, has been restored several times. The richly carved portal and central rose window in its facade are notable.
The Pulo di Altamura, about 4 miles 6 km away, is a limestone abyss, 1, feet m across and feet 75 m deep. Cattle and cereals are the chief products of the district, which also produces almonds and wine. Article Media. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree See Article History.
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