A seaside city, open to people who, since the mythological times, have brought their cultures and knowledge
Molfetta is in line with the regional growth in tourism as it is committed to promoting its land, full of major historical moments that have left a significant mark in the city. A seaside city, open to people who, since the mythological times, have transferred their cultures, know-how and wealth, but who have also been the cause of wars, devastation and looting.
The first human communities of the Neolithic Era socialized in the lands of Molfetta.
The remains of a hut village and its necropolis, where archaeological research has found important ceramic and stone artifacts that were brought to the most important Italian museum, but also to the city’s museum. Such demonstrate the long permanence of the Neolithic culture in one of the most significant areas of they city’s land: the Pulo, a karst doline, is especially interesting as far as the environmental and human settlement history are concerned.
The old medieval city, a charming egg-shaped urban agglomeration with a herringbone-like road network, is full of the signs of the major artistic movements that occurred between Medieval times and today. In fact, such can be observed on the gates, houses, towers and sumptuous palaces.
Amongst all the buildings, there is the Duomo (Ancient Cathedral) of St. Conrad, one of the most significant example of the Romanesque period in Apulia. However, the Torrione Passari, a fort overlooking the sea that represented a real “lookout” tower over the Adriatic in the sixteenth century, is also a special attraction.
Not far from the old center, one can visit the Hospital of the Crusaders, a wonderful architectural evidence of the numerous pilgrimages that, since the Middle Ages, passed through the city since it was an important landmark of the roads that connected Rome to Jerusalem.
Even the city outside the medieval walls was developed in the seventeenth century. It demonstrates, especially through its churches, important evidence of the Baroque age with historical monumental organs (amongst the oldest ones of Apulia) and paintings of Corrado Giaquinto, the great artist from Molfetta that was liked by European sovereigns and who painted for the royal family in Madrid (where he left impressive paintings in the royal palace).
Three city museums of particular interest: The Archaeological Museum of Pulo, the Diocesan Museum and the permanent ethnographic exhibition of the Sea in the Fabbrica of San Domenico, the most important host of cultural heritage in the city.
The cultural associations are particularly active in the city and, today, there is a brand new Tourist Information and Welcoming Center, of Apulia Promotions. It is dynamically managed by specialized employees to offer tourists a chance to organize pleasant stays in the city, which is equipped with a comfortable hospitality system in terms of hotels and restaurants (www.visitmolfetta.it).
IAT – Informazione e accoglienza turistica
Via Piazza, 27 (centro storico)
T 348 411 36 99