The Old Maritime Fortress
Tours stopping in Trani
Overlooking an enchanting port in which typical fishing boats swarm and dominated by the impetus of its most distinctive symbol, that of the splendid Romanesque Cathedral, Trani imposes itself with its breathtaking scenery, rich in history and harmonious architectural lines, both permeated of the influence of Frederick II of Swabia, which made Trani its maritime fortress.
The history of the city develops through the centuries, becoming the protagonist of its maximum splendor in the fifteenth century, when it is formed as a fundamental maritime center and exchange of the lower Adriatic and welcomes an arsenal of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, then seeing the ‘500 site of the Royal Hearing, moment from which the city will continue to establish itself as a fundamental judicial seat. Over a considerable period of time, which extends from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, many noble palaces rise up within the city limits, which have always contributed to enhancing its already valuable heritage.
Among the most important structures in the city it is necessary to mention the Swabian Castle, strongly desired by Frederick II and whose work began in the year 1230. This was the wedding place of the son of the emperor of Swabia, Manfred, with Elena d ‘ Epirus, in 1259, after ten years before the work was commissioned to strengthen the manor.
Both the Cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino and the Swabian Castle can be seen from the sea, a strong point of the city that is enveloped by its waves, constituting one of the main tourist impulses that guarantees an abundant influx of foreigners during the summer months. Consult the page dedicated to hotels and bed & breakfasts in Trani.