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Melfi

Noble and ancient city of Apulia, you will be welcomed by surrounding chestnut woods and corn fields, the same that Fredrick II admired looking out from the castle, that with its powerful bulk dominated the village below. The volcanic stones with which the Normans erected the castle on a steep cliff will tell you not only about the Swabian man of politics but also about the man who attended the castle eight centuries ago: too often only remembered for having accepted the distinguished guests who elaborated the Augustali laws, few people know that the castle of Melfi was a privileged witness of the love of Federico for Bianca Lancia. Almost certainly the Lucanian fortress was the place where the two lovers conceived their second child – Manfredi, the favourite of Frederick II – and perhaps here was the emperor when he was joined by the good news of the birth, celebrated with a rich banquet. Going around the medieval streets of the medieval old town centre of Melfi, you’ll find the Venosina Door, before which it will not be difficult to imagine the handsome emperor on his horse  making his entrance into the city.

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THE WONDERFUL CASTELS IN BASILICATA - PUGLIA - CALABRIA - SICILIA

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