Relic | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

Moving on through modern and ancient places, restaurants and wine tasting, farmhouses and Templar caves, churches and cathedrals, our journey to Puglia is taking shapes deep into Puglia’s culture. The Americans traveling with me in the group I am leading are loving every minute of each day. We are in Bari, the largest city of Puglia and after a brief visit inside the newly refurbished Teatro Margherita, marking the limit between the new and the old city, we walk toward Piazza del Ferrarese, the entrance of the old city.

Piazza del Ferrarese was the downtown of the XVII Century, a gathering place for store owners to meet, trade on various products, a place where various businesses struck a deal and fresh caught fish was sold every day. It has remained a historical piazza through the centuries, but now it has become the “Living Room of Bari”. During the refurbishing work of the public areas in the old part of the city and right in the middle of Piazza del Ferrarese there is a relic dated XVII Century. This was the city limit before entering the port enclosed in tall walls, as a protection from the invaders from the Middle East. The tracks formed by chariots and wagons are visible on the ancient relic stones being baked under the southern sun.

The piazza is clean, inviting and bustling with nightlife. Restaurants, trattorie and cafes have a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and safe to walk around during the day and night. However, the night atmosphere changes dramatically. The yellow glow of the street lights really add a sense of antiquity to the piazza and everything assumes a touch of magic. The administrators of the city have done a fabulous job in moving the Piazza and the Old Bari forward in the future while keeping the ancient look intact.

Piazza del Ferrarese is second to none if we compare it to more famous piazzas of Italy, just needs more tourists.

This is in response to WP week photo challenge: Relic –



Copyright © 2014 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

ValHatCelesteStampAs a writer and cultural promoter of Puglia, my native land, it is my intention to let readers feel and experience a new ”wheel of emotions”. I want to encourage them to visit areas of Italy not beaten by massive tourism.  Through stories of art, architecture, fashion, food-wines, shopping, I want them to create their special adventures and live it up in Puglia! Check out my books on


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