Bitetto, Medieval Market

Bitetto Medieval Market
Mercato Medievale di Bitetto
Next edition dates to be announced (the event was last held in 2016)
Bitetto, Bari (Apulia region)

In the setting of an evocative ancient town the engaging atmosphere typical of the Middle Ages relives allowing the visitors the chance to wear historical costumes and become an integral part of the historical re-enactment…

Geographical, cultural and historical context

The event takes place in Bitetto, a town located between the karst plateau of the Murge and the Adriatic Sea, about 15 km from Bari, in Apulia region of south-eastern Italy. Bitetto, once an ancient Greek colony with the name of Hetium, and later from the 9th to the 19th century a bishopric see, is today a renowned production centre of cereals, almonds, grapes and oil. Besides the medieval old town with the well-kept towers and walls, other remarkable sights are the 14th century cathedral, one of the main examples of Apulian Romanesque architecture, and the Convent keeping the relics of the Blessed Giacomo (1400-1490 AD, born Jakov Varingez in Zadar, Croatia), a francescan monk from the Order of Friars Minor, a mendicant Catholic religious order, founded in 1209 by St Francis of Assisi (1181/1182-1226 AD). The territory has been inhabited since the 4th century BC as witnessed by several archaeological findings, while during the Middle Ages with the rise of the Angevins, a dynasty that ruled southern Italy from Naples beginning in the thirteenth century, Bitetto became one of the wealthiest cities of Apulia also enriched by fine architectures.

Event description and programme

Every year the squares, the courtyards and the alleyways of the charming old town host a great medieval market with faithfully reconstructed stalls and shops, historical and traditional handicraft, farm animals, ancient street games, while musicians, jugglers, jesters, fire-eaters, acrobats, and storytellers create an exciting medieval atmosphere and accompany the visitors on a magical journey through the history and traditions. And the visitors themselves have the unique chance to take part at the reenactment by wearing historical costumes. The programme includes guided tours in the old town, street theatre shows, taverns and inns where to taste historical and local food and wine while enjoying a typical entertainment of a medieval banquet and music of the period.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Pro Loco "Juvenilia Vitetum" Tourism Association
Address: Piazza Posta, box mercatale n.5 - 70020 Bitetto (Bari), Italy
Tel.: +39 080 3212195 | Mob.: +39 345.2279718

Bitetto Town Council / Comune di Bitetto
Address: Piazza Moro - 70020 Bitetto (Bari), Italy
Tel.: +39 080 3829212 | Fax: +39 080 9921559

Image: Pro Loco "Juvenilia Vitetum"
Text: Pro Loco "Juvenilia Vitetum, Bitetto Town Council, Wikipedia

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