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Barletta, Province of Barletta Andria Trani, Puglia, Italy

A populous city, famous for the colossus of Barletta, a bronze statue, probably representing Roman Emperor Theodosius II, and for one of the most celebrated duels in the middle Ages, the Challenge of Barletta. Since 2009 it is the joint capital of the new province of Andria-Barletta-Trani.

Info

Population: about 90,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 70051 -- Phone Area Code: 0883

History

On February 13, 1503, thirteen Italian knights challenged and defeated thirteen French knights to wash the insult made by La Motte, the French captain who had accused the Italians of cowardliness and unreliability.

In the 19th century, during the Risorgimento, the great writer and politician from Turin, Massimo D’Azeglio, based his novel "Ettore Fieramosca or the Challenge of Barletta" on the episode. His intent was to rouse the soul of the Italians in a decisive moment for the acquisition of national independence.

Today, Barletta celebrates the anniversary of the historic event with a long series of events (in the fields of entertainment, culture, promotions and sports, etc.). The moment most awaited for is the re-enactment of the battle, planned for September 13 and 14.

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Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani

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