The ancient city of Egnazia and the necropolis next to it are well worth a visit if you are in Puglia. This site is probably the largest and best restored ancient city in Puglia, and although it also has a museum, it was closed for renovations at the time of our visit in mid June. Strategically located along the coast about midway between Bari and Brindisi, Egnazia was originally settled a millinium before Christ by the Messapians, a local tribe that fortified the city with walls that can still be seen. The city was subsequently occupied and modified by the ancient Greeks and then the Romans beginning in the second century BC. Restoration work lets you see the layout of the city from a catwalk above the site, and you can actually enter an underground storehouse where some of the cities provisions were kept. The necropolis nearby is also interesting, and two underground tombs with paint still visable on the walls can also be entered.
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