We like to introduce you to little-known village where it is still possible to see an original Italy as it was the last century. This is the case of the Village of Bovino where you can still hear children running through the streets of the village, playing ball in the squares. Our reader Michele Grande sent us a heartfelt comment to his country that we are going to report later.
“Discover Bovino, a small medieval pearl in the Dauni Mountains. It is a tale of places and memories, of stones, of whitewashed houses, of noble palaces, of alleys and churches, which emerge from the silence of the centuries and become alive again to accompany the visitor to discover our land, Bovino (Fg), one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy” and “orange flag” of the Italian Touring Club, perched at 647 meters of altitude, with its compact and suggestive architecture that smacks of history and ancient faith: the ducal castle, one of the most interesting historical complexes for its size, its dominant position and the Norman tower, the monumental Cathedral, in style Apulian-Romanesque and façade of 1231, the ancient church of San Pietro, the Rosary, San Francesco, the Annunziata, the Carmine, Santa Maria delle Grazie, which enrich and embellish the characteristic historic center. with the ancient districts, the views that degrade in the surrounding countryside, the hills, the arches, the squares, the splendid portals, the numerous coats of arms, the inextricable maze of narrow streets, paved with cobblestones, is there, in the quiet of the ancient atmospheres, ready to document the flow of everyday life, to recount the past time that becomes a memory of the present and refers to a thousand-year history of ancient splendours, invasions and dominations. It is there to accompany you to the discovery of its remote origins, with a visit to the Civic Museum, which introduces the roots of the village through testimonies of different eras and civilizations with a beautiful collection of anthropomorphic stelae from the III millennium BC, at the Diocesan Museum, at the Episcopal Library , to the Historical Archives, which collect objects, sacred vestments, parchments, incunabula, manuscript codes, visible and unmistakable signs of a noble and illustrious heritage. It is there to engage and immerse the visitor in the places and events, in the charm of the bonfires of St. Joseph, in the joyful din of fanfares for the feast of San Celestino (second Sunday in October), in festivals, exhibitions and shows of the Bovinese summer, which find the maximum and sublime expression in the Patronal Festival on August 29th, with the traditional “historic ride”, in honor of Maria SS. of Valleverde. And if it weren’t enough, just out of the ancient village, a visit to the Church of Sant’Antonio, set in the charming Communal Villa, among the most beautiful and appreciated parks of the Province, a place of refreshment and restful walks, among fountains, trees centuries-old and winding paths. A unique and stimulating opportunity for those who know how to grasp the healthiness of the air, the breath of history, the serene beauty of places, alongside the signs of the times. And it is only the beginning of the discovery. Michele Grande “.
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