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In this immense cultivated garden, rich in their own history, the cities, with their urban layout, complex and rich in monuments, white by day and illuminated by night to reflect the countryside immersed in dark, are an irresistible attraction. A long time has gone by since the cities were simply " . . . villages crowded like a flock of sheep in a pen . . ." and since a city like Andria was described as " . . . a multitude of countrymen and labourers, condemned to a life of privation and misery . . .".

Freed from the yoke of the events of past history, the local people have expressed all of their capacity to work and their innate dynamism that had long been repressed.
Our populous modern cities, besides for their interesting artistic and monumental aspects, should be visited for the vivacity that can be felt in the streets, for the agricultural and manufacturing production, for the colours of the markets, for the night life, for the enthusiasm that accompanies the festivals and the numerous cultural events with appeal even beyond the region.

Although they identify with and have a sense of belonging to their own city and its specific characteristics, habits and dialect, the inhabitants of the territory of the Pact fully enjoy the nearby cities, so much so that a kind of physical and cultural area of exchange has been created. It is fairly common, for example, for people to take a walk in the countryside on the Murgia of Corato and Andria, near Castel del Monte; Margherita, Trani or Bisceglie are popular beach areas; fruit and vegetables are bought in Trinitapoli and in San Ferdinando; fish and mollusks are bought in Barletta; for a delicious meat-based lunch Minervino and Spinazzola are best; Canosa is known for receptions; and going out for a stroll or shopping can be done everywhere, or in the large hypermarkets, and so on. It's about time that these North Barese cities (what a generic and boring definition, merely geographic, for such special places!) experience their territory like a single, large city.

So, let's go visit them, these cities "in common." Proceeding from north to south, zigzagging a bit, from the sea heading inland and vice-versa:
  1. The citites of the ancient lake of Salpi: Margherita di Savoia, San Ferdinando di Puglia and Trinitapoli
  2. Barletta and Canosa, the strategic port and the most flourishing city in ancient times
  3. Andria and Corato, the large urban garrisons of the pre-Murgian strip
  4. Minervino and Spinazzola, the spectacular garrisons of the high Murgia
  5. Trani and Bisceglie: the sea garrisons and the gems of the coast.
Andria - Barletta - Bisceglie - Canosa di Puglia - Corato - Margherita di Savoia - Minervino Murge - San Ferdinando di Puglia - Spinazzola - Trani - Trinitapoli  
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