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In a nutshell

Barletta still celebrates the resounding victory of the Italian knights over the French. Come with us and discover the secrets of this historic 'challenge'.

Main stops
  • The Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • The Castle of Barletta
  • The Colossus of Barletta
  • Osteria della Sfida

The programme
  • 13 Italian knights fought 13 French knights in a duel that left its mark on the history of this city. Every year, in February, it is commemorated by groups in period costume, flag-wavers, drums and torches. A celebration that is handed down from generation to generation.
  • Immerse yourself in this air of victory and retrace the route of the historic procession, from the castle along the streets of the town center.
  • You'll discover that this small fight, born of a quarrel at dinner between a French nobleman and a Spanish captain, had a dramatic effect on the history of Italy and Europe.
  • Strolling along the alleys, you'll come to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colossus of Barletta, where you'll make a final stop at the Cantina della disfida, the original inn where period costumes, weapons, armor and even benches, stools, tables and mugs are still preserved. You will feel you are a part of the story itself.

Good to know
  • This is one of the most popular excursions so book early.