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Bisceglie: Private Tour with Typical Sospiro Sweet Tasting

1. Bisceglie: Private Tour with Typical Sospiro Sweet Tasting

Bisceglie is a pretty little town 35 kilometers north of Bari, close to Trani and Barletta. The guided route will begin from the historic center, rich in churches and palaces of the 16th and 17th centuries.  During the tour, you will visit the Saint Peter Apostle of 1073 A.D. in Romanesque Apulian style with relics inside of the Saints Martyrs Mauro, Sergio and Pantaleone. The tour will continue in the historical center with the visit of some of the most important noble palaces such as Frisari Palace and Tupputi Palace and the Church of Sant'Adoeno, also of Romanesque style and built in the same year as the cathedral. Taste the typical sweet Sospiro biscegliese. According to a local legend, on the occasion of the wedding of Lucrezia Borgia, Countess of Bisceglie with Alfonso of Aragon, the clerics of the Monastery of St. Louis prepared these sweets, which proclaim the weddings of the two nobles. It is a light sponge cake made with egg and flour flavored with lemon zest. Its interior is stuffed with a cream with milk and vanilla, all covered with a thin sugar icing. The tour will end at the 27 meter high tower and the ruins of the Swabian Angevin Castle.

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Bisceglie: Dolmen Megalithic Tomb

2. Bisceglie: Dolmen Megalithic Tomb

The Dolmen consists of three or more upright stones supporting a large flat horizontal capstone (table), although there are also more complex variants. Most date from the early Neolithic period (4000 to 3000 BC). Dolmens were usually covered with earth or smaller stones to form a barrow, though in many cases that covering has weathered away, leaving only the stone "skeleton" of the burial mound intact. It was discovered on 6 August 1909 by Mosso and Samarelli, who were responsible for the first excavations. Gervasio continued his search throughout the course of 1910. The tomb belongs to the type with long corridor, and consists of a burial chamber and an access corridor. The chamber is 1.80 m in height and is made up of three large vertical slabs made of limestone over which rests a cover slab that measures 2.40 m x 3.80 m. The excavations  performed in the chamber and in the dromos have yielded many human remains that can be estimated to be those of about ten individuals and a wide range of funeral objects, kneaded ceramic vases, necklace beads, and pendants, a fusaiola (bored piece) and fragments of obsidian and silica blades, and a bronze falera (valour medal). The remains of a circular fireplace was found almost at the centre of the dromos, one that must have been lit many times for ritual purposes. The Dolmen della Chianca, surrounded by olive trees, is unique. and this Unesco world heritage site deserves a visit.

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