Moving from the Capitanata toward the Dauni mountains, almost at the foot of Monte Cornacchia, there is the village of Biccari, in Puglia. Set on rolling hills, quiet and peaceful, surrounded by woods of Cerro, maple, beech, elm, downy oak and hawthorn and enchanting meadows interrupted only by the lovely stretch of water of Lake Pescara, discovers the current inhabited center by the clear medieval origins. Here, in a friendly atmosphere and genuine, you will be able to experience the proverbial hospitality of Biccaresi and through numerous itineraries, know the traditions, the costumes and the flavors that still exist.
Within the territory of Biccari, in Daunia, was discovered the Neolithic settlement highest of Apulia, to over 700 mt. of altitude, in the locality of Grove, along the bank of the stream component, a few kilometers from the town center. The origins of the inhabited center of Biccari are certainly to be put between the 1024 and the 1054 by the Byzantines Catepano of Basilio Bojannes (Bogiano) and the Vicar of Troy, Byzantium de Alferana. Testimony of the era is the mighty cylindrical tower, forming part of a series of military outposts made to better defend the via Traiana, important artery of connection for the traffic and trade between the zone Irpina and the Tavoliere. The name Vicari (Biccari) appears for the first time in an act of august 1054 with which the widow Sikelgaita donated all his possessions to the monastery of San Pietro in Vulgano. After the victory over the Byzantines at the river Olivento, a Norman official of the army of Roberto il Guiscardo, a certain Pagano, takes possession of Biccari and fortifies the primitive village founded in the shadow of the tower, causing it to become a "fortified city". The same Pay favors the birth in Biccari a new bishopric in 1067. Guglielmo d'Altavilla, nephew of Roberto il Guiscardo, favors the enlargement of the inhabited nucleus toward Porta Wells and enlargement of the territory of Biccari. With Guglielmo de Riccardo, Biccari becomes a barony of the County of Civitate. In the XV century, Biccari is domain of Banner: noble family french moved in the Kingdom of Naples to the succession of the Angevins. And' Matthew Banner the construction of lytic cross of port of Wells 1473 and White Convent of Sant'Antonio completed in 1477. In the XVI century begins the Lordship of Caracciolo: noble Neapolitan family. In 1534, Marcello Caracciolo obtained by Emperor Charles V the title of Count of Biccari. To him we owe the construction of the palace, today seat of the Town Hall. In 1792 the feud of Biccari passes to the Royal Court of Naples. In 1860 Biccari was affected by a revolt antiunitaria jaded in blood.
Of particular historic and artistic interest: the Byzantine Tower, the historical center, the medieval portal of Palazzo Gallo (piazza Don Luigi Sturzo), the roman-gothic church of San Quirico of the XV century, the Convent of Sant'Antonio (1477), the cross roads of Door Wells (1473), the Palazzo Caracciolo, the Church of the Assunta, the wooden altar richly carved and decorated in pure gold of San Michele (XVIII century), the palazzo Goffredo of 800 with its majestic facades, the fortified of Santa Maria and Imporchia, Palazzo Pignatelli of Tertiveri.
Village of Biccari
Municipality of Biccari
Province of Foggia
Altitude centre: 450 m s.l.m.
the Municipality is part of:
Borghi Autentici d'Italia
Bandiera Arancione - Touring Club Italiano
Piazza Municipio 1 - Tel. +39 0881 591007
ON THE TRAIN
Biccari boasts over to many areas of excellence in the field of historical and cultural but also a series of exciting products typical gastronomical, first among all the the pizzas at furne apierte', a species of bread crushed that we knew in ancient times in the expectation of the baking of bread. The dough was originally the same of bread: flour, water, potatoes, yeast and salt. Over the years, the dough was enriched with simple ingredients to make the crushed even moreù tasty. After the second world war, in fact, added oil (strictly produced by olive groves biccaresi) oregano and, to taste, the chili pepper.