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Of ancient origins, the blue country enjoys an excellent geographical position from which it is easy to reach both the regional capital, that Taranto, Alberobello and the Valle d'Itria, Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Matera, Brindisi, Lecce and Salento . Its name has been maintained by virtue of the characteristic blue-tinted houses that have always populated the oldest part of the city, and of which there is still a trace.
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Casamassima  | Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima
Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima  | Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima
Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima  | Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima
Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima  | Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima
Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima  | Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima
Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima  | Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima
Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima  | Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima
Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima  | Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima
Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima  | Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima
Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima  | Francesco Cristantielli
Casamassima
Francesco Cristantielli
A look at Casamassima
A look at Casamassima

About the village

The village of Casamassima rises to the southeast of Bari in Puglia. It enjoys an excellent geographical location, which puts it in an optimal position to reach the main town of the region, that Taranto, Alberobello and the valle d'Itria, Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Matera, Brindisi, Lecce and Salento.

Founded during the wars tarantine, according to an ancient legend, by Fabio Massimo, said the Temporeggiatore, that here we created a camp (in Latin Castrum), from which the Castrum Maximi (camp of maximum), then became Casamassima. The first official document that refers to Casamassima - even though there is no lack of historical theses different - seems to stretch from the Codice Diplomatico Barese of 962, during the period of domination of Byzantium. The origins of Casamassima, therefore, seem to date back to the VII - VIII - IX century. In 1348 the town was sacked by the hungarian troops led by Philip of Sulz, while in 1384 was part of the principality of Taranto. In 1608 it was purchased by Michele Vaaz, then later passed to the De Ponte di Napoli. In the XX century, instead, Casamassima lived a period of large territorial expansion and urban planning.

The ancient village began to grow toward the VIII century, with walls that dates back to 1100. Destroyed by the Hungarians in 1348 the same walls was immediately rebuilt.Place millenarian history, renamed in the sixties of the XX century Country Blue by the milanese painter Vittorio Viviani, who came for the event in the ancient village has retained the name by virtue of the characteristic houses painted of blue that always populate the oldest part of the city, and which still today there is no trace. Of medieval origins, it is articulated through a articulate of small alleys and chiassi (narrow alleys and without exit), courts and stone buildings that were once all blue. The legend more fascinating dates back to the second half of 1600, when the feud of Casamassima belonged to the Duke Vaaz Michele Conte di Mola di Bari. It was then that a terrible epidemic of plague, imported by the sailors who came from the East, threatened Bari and the hinterland to the poor hygienic conditions of the entire territory. The inhabitants are closed in the walls, hoping for a miracle: the plague spared Casamassima. Thus the casamassimesi, as a sign of gratitude toward Our Lady, Most Holy Mary of Constantinople, and by order of Duke Vaaz tinteggiarono, their houses of the village, by adding to the quicklime the blue, namely the color of Manto della Madonna. Since then the houses continued to be painted blue for centuries. The effigy of the Madonna di Costantinopoli is still found today in the mother church and under the arch of Santa Chiara. In the sixties of the twentieth century, the Milanese artist Vittorio Viviani, in stay from our parts, fascinated by the unique colors of the houses of the ancient village of Casamassima, immortalised in some of his canvases, denominating the historical center casamassimese 'the country blue'.

The territory, situated in the lower Murgia, is characterized by the presence in the subsoil of caves, whose formation is the fruit of the underground work of an aquifer karst. In the agro casamassimese there are also traces of the past millennium of the village as a menhir and megaliths. Inside of the ancient village, the so-called old country, worthy of note are the church of Santa Croce, for casamassimesi Mother church, the monastery of Santa Chiara, the convent of Monacelle nuns, the arc of the shadows, the chapel of San Michele, that of Our Lady of Sorrows, Port Clock, and then the church Maria Santissima delle Grazie, that of Purgatory, Santo Stefano, of the Rosary. Without forgetting the Victory Monument to the Fallen and the rural churches of the territory casamassimese: Santa Maria del Soccorso, perhaps even better known as the church of Santa Lucia, the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, the Badia di San Lorenzo. And, again, the Polish cemetery which is located not far from SS 100, the road that leads to Bari.

By the end of March to September between the roofs of the village it is possible to observe the grillaio hawk, a small bird of prey, protected species, that starting from South Africa passes through the whole continent and the Mediterranean to come to nest in the area of the Murge, hence also in Casamassima, between the roofs of the village blue.

Village of Casamassima
Municipality of Casamassima
Province of Bari
Apulia Region

Population: 19.846
Altitude centre: 223 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
Borghi Autentici d'Italia
Città delle ciliegie
Strada dei Vini della Murgia Carsica

Municipality of Casamassima
Piazza Aldo Moro 2 - Casamassima (BA)
Tel. +39 080 6530822

BY CAR

  • Along the highway, the closest exits to the center of Casamassima are:
    - Acquaviva delle Fonti exit (A14 Bologna-Taranto)
    - Bari Sud exit (A14 Bologna-Taranto)
    - Modugno exit (A14 Bari-Bari ring road)
    - Exit Bari industrial area (A14 Bari-Bari ring road)

ON THE TRAIN

  • Acquaviva delle Fonti station
  • Bari Torre A Mare station
  • Bari station

BY PLANE

  • Bari airport

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Events

monday
10
august, 2020

Night of San Lorenzo

sunday
4
october, 2020

Historical Parade 'Corrado IV of Swabia'

from
tuesday
8
december, 2020
to friday 25 december 2020

The Balcony of Christmas in the light blue country

from
sunday
27
december, 2020
to monday 28 december 2020

The Living Crib in the ancient village

sunday
21
february, 2021

The Pentolaccia

saturday
29
may, 2021

The flowered balcony in the ancient village

monday
26
july, 2021

Madonna del Camelo

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