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Canne della Battaglia

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Canne della Battaglia

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Scopri con noi una delle più belle città di Puglia non ancora sfruttate dal turismo di massa e capace di mostrare tuttora il suo volto genuino, con i suoi monumenti, i suoi scorci indimenticabili e la sua gente accogliente. <br><br>Un tour dinamico, informale e ricco di informazioni non solo per ciò che riguarda le bellezze artistiche della città della Disfida ma anche per quanto concerne le sue tradizioni, il suo dialetto e i mille aneddoti e leggende popolari. <br><br>Il tour è disponibile in italiano ed in inglese e si tiene con un minimo di 2 partecipanti. Punto di partenza fissato al piazzale d'ingresso del Castello. Orari e disponibilità potrebbero variare in caso di forte maltempo.
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Peter C wrote a review May 2019
Decatur, Georgia102 contributions22 helpful votes
I have a great interest in ancient Roman history, especially the Punic Wars. I was thrilled to find that the Battle of Cannae could be pinpointed with accuracy. Although some authors do disagree about the precise placement of the forces, nonetheless they all agree this is where it took place. We found the place using Google Maps and it was very easy to get to and to find the freeway afterwards. You drive through some very pretty orchards and farm land on the way, and in the distance at one point we even spotted the Norman castle in the distance. The site consists of a welcome center with free admission. Note: It is CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS, and sometimes during holidays, so check ahead before you head out there. The center has some exhibits and a movie introducing the battle. The movie was in English and they played an Italian version for the next two people there (we were a party of four). There were very few people here and when we went outside, we were entirely alone. You flow through the center to an exit that leads uphill to the ruins of the town; it is an archeological site and parts of it are roped off. If you follow the road to the end, you reach an overlook but that isn't the best view of the potential battlefield; go to the right until the end of that road. Then you'll see the large monument marking the battle. It is very nondescript (see photo) and has chiseled inscriptions in Latin (from Livy) and Greek (from Polybius) on the base. You can get a view of the entire battle field; in the distance at the tree line was where the river probably flowed back then. Imagine over 100,000 men and horses crammed in here for that eventful fight! It is quite overwhelming. For fans of Roman history, I would highly recommend you visit this site.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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cycleplus1 wrote a review May 2019
MIlton Keynes775 contributions162 helpful votes
This is the second time I have tried to visit,and you have been closed on a whim. Do not say you are open on a Sunday,if it is a lie. I have travelled from Abruzzo yo specifically come to visit this site. The times on the following are incorrect. The Puglia tourism site,the benecultura site and even your information board outside your site. PLEASE CORRECT WITH URGENCY,before other people waste as much time as I have!!!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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TheMarshal84 wrote a review May 2019
Liverpool, United Kingdom364 contributions85 helpful votes
"The Carthaginians by this action became at once masters of almost all the rest of the coast" - Polybius. For anyone who has read or studied Roman history, The Battle of Cannae, 216 BCE is a watershed moment in the formation of Romes character. 500 years later, Romans would still talk about Cannae, and how not to repeat history. With that in mind, as a Roman Historian, the site was a must see for me... but with mixed results. There are two trains a day calling at Canne Della Battaglia railway station, to/from Barletta, check times before you set out. The trip takes around 8-11 mins, which is better than the 50 mins by bus. The walk to the site is short but very pleasant, however, the site museum was closed (despite the website saying it will be open that day), but the site is however accessible from down the road. The site is well signposted and information is in English. the view from the top of the hill is a mus, and worth the walk. Entry was free (as the museum was closed) and is accessible by foot. Please allow 60 mins to enjoy the site.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Hamilton W wrote a review Sep 2018
Hamilton, Canada30 contributions6 helpful votes
If you know and like your ancient history, then you will love this place. There is a great museum and a fantastic view from the hilltop overlooking the Cannae battlefield where it all happened ie: where Hannibal won the textbook battle against the Romans which every commander has attempted to emulate since. There are also interesting excavations underway which are studying the ancient, and also the subsequent medieval, town which was built on the hilltop beside the battlefield. The museum has fascinating exhibits and helpful descriptions in both Italian and English. I strongly recommend watching the movie in the museum, which is well produced and gives a great background for all people, whether they are young children or expert historians, and then going to see the battlefield. The movie is available in English, Italian, and probably other languages. You enter at the museum, and then you walk up (easy dirt pathway) the hilltop to the overlook where you look down over the vast battlefield, which now consists of farms, etc. The custodians and authorities have done a great job to preserve this special place.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Graham K wrote a review Jul 2018
24 contributions4 helpful votes
Cannae is a seminal battle in the history of warfare, and the tactics have formed the basis of many syllabuses in universities, colleges and military schools. The museum is a true wonder with accommodating staff, relevant quotations about the battle from authors through the ages, and the explanations are given in Italian and English. There a few artefacts from the battle site, which disappoints some visitors, but there is a really splendid video with CGI and vivid graphics - it is in Italian without subtitles, but it makes no difference. There is an area for self-provided food, and the vending machines provide snacks, cold drinks and a wide variety of inexpensive, but excellent coffee. The hilltop city has few visitors, and the view over the battlefield from the column is evocative, IF the visitor has done pre-visit preparation about the new debates on the site of the battlefield.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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