Trani is a charming town right on the sea to the north of Bari, Puglia. The town is associated with the Tampliers (there is the Tampliers church), the Crusades (many of them started from Trani). Its main cathedral resembles a ship when you look at it from the pier. There is an ancient area called Guidea with former siganogues, narrow streets. Druing Christmas time you can participate in the so-called "presepe vivente" (the Nativity scene) walking the ancient streets lit with real torches, among Roman Empire warriors, bellmen, street vendors, craftsmen and various other characters from the old days. You end up in a courtyard of one of the palaces where you see the Nativity scene with Maria and the newly-born Christ.
But the town is worth visiting any time of the year - blue sea, harbor filled in with yachts and fish boats, cafes and restaurants along the promenade, the Castle, the main Cathedral with the frescoes on the floor. And a short distance to other places of interest like Barletta, another little town with a lot to see, Castel del Monte, Andria, Bari.
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