Andria, Province of Barletta Andria Trani, Puglia, Italy
Today a thriving agricultural center on the Murge hills, it was a town dear to Frederick II, where his son Conrad was born, and his two wives Iolanda of Brienne and Isabel of England were buried.
Altitude: 151 a.s.l -- Population: ca. 90,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 70031 -- Phone Area Code: 0883
In the early Middle Ages it was a "casale" depending from Trani; then in the 11th century the Normans fortified the settlement, and later on under the Angevines Andria became a Duchy. In 1431 its feudal lord was Francesco II Del Balzo, who found the body of San Riccardo, the patron saint, and established the Fair of Andria which is still held in the week 23-30 April. In 1552 it was sold by the Spanish to Fabrizio Carafa, whose family ruled until 1799, when the French suppressed feudalism.
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