Giovinazzo, (Bari)

Giovinazzo is a port city situated on the Adriatic coast in the region of Apulia, southern Italy. Giovinazzo lies 18 kilometres (11 mi) west-northwest of the provincial capital of Bari, and is adjacent to the city of Molfetta. History It was a small fortified centre of the Romans, who called it Natolium, maybe built on the ruins of the Peucete Netium destroyed during the Punic Wars. It became later a flourishing commercial centre, that had trading connections with Venice. Main sights The cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (12th-13th century), in characteristic Apulian Romanesque style, featuring Eastern and Western elements. Ducal Palace/Castle (17th century) Two columns of the Via Traiana, which however did not pass through the city. In the neighbourhood is Castel del Monte, one of the most famous castles in Italy. Notable people American actor John Turturro's father, Nicholas Turturro, immigrated to the United States from Giovinazzo in the first half of the 20th century. External links Official website (Italian) City of Giovinazzo (Italian) Giovinazzo portal (Italian)