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The Daunia

From the legendary king "Dauno" arriving from Greece, son of Lycaon of Arcadia. The story begun in the "Paleolithic era" when ancient civilizations passed down customs that are still alive in our territory today, owing to the sensitivity of its people, who have always been attached to their traditions.
Indelible traces can be found in the many cultures that have come across our territory, from the Romans and Byzantines, the Lombards, Normans and Swabians, the latter settling under the patronage of Emperor Frederick II, who not only chose Castel Fiorentino as his residence, but also spent the last days of his great existence there.
It should however not be forgotten that several unusual ancient traditions such as agricultural activities and sheep transhumance from Abruzzo to the pastures of the Tavoliere (formerly the sheep customs) are still alive today. Not to mention the stories told by the frescoes of the Red Cave Paglicci and by the many Neolithic villages scattered everywhere in the "Piana" such as Herdonia, Arpi, San Giusto, Teanum Apulum, Matinum, Salapia and Stele Daune found in the Necropolis between Cervaro and Candelaro, where the remains of history dating from the sixth and seventhcentury A.C. lie buried or semi-covered.
The Land of Daunia, a territory of hardworking men, with a spirit of sacrifice, attached to their traditions and a deep sense of family bond; the sacred land where Padre Pio lived in love and humility, leaving behind charitable works including a major hospital, today internationally renowned.

The sacredness of the olive tree, emblematic symbol of the Dauno population and part of the folklore and traditions of a land so rich in history, with its beautiful and equally mysterious landscapes. While wandering the beaches and shores, plains and hills, woods and forests, the great hospitality and kindness of the Dauno people is heartwarming, as they are ready to offer you the best of the unmistakably authentic tastes and aromas of the typical "Mediterranean diet".

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