Bari – A City Worth Exploring at Leisure in Puglia, Italy – Day 3 – Part 1

A plaque marks the building in which Aldo Moro served as a substitute judge.

At Corso Vittorio Emanuele, #193, you will find Palazzo Fizzarotti.  Dating from 1905, this was the home of Emanuel Fizzarotti, a businessman, and banker from Lecce.  It is a grand structure, full of historical artwork and ornate architecture, and it is possible to arrange guided tours in advance.  We did not know this and, unfortunately, we could only admire the palazzo from the outside.   The four medallions on the facade of the building are mosaics, made with gold leaf.

A nearby plaque honors those who were awarded a gold medal for their bravery, while serving in the Italian Military.

Another plaque pays tribute to Guglielmo Oberdan, the martyred fighter for Italian Independence.

Another commemorates the Unification of Italy, and King Umberto.

A plaque pays tribute to citizens of the city who lost their lives in Bologna, victims of the Fascist regime.

Another plaque honors Giuseppe Mazzini, who was important in the struggle of the Italian Revolutionary Movement.

Yet another plaque honors Giordano Bruno, who was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, poet, mathematician, and theorist.  He believed that the universe was infinite, and thus, that it could have no center.  He also proposed that each star had its own group of planets that revolved around it, and that some of these may actually have life on them.  Because of his beliefs, he was later tried for heresy by the Roman Inquisition, and burned at the stake in the middle of Campo de’ Fiori, in Rome.

In Piazza Libertà, you will find the Palazzo del Governo.  The palazzo dates from 1830, and is the home of the Prefecture.

On the same piazza, you will find the Teatro Piccinni, which dates from 1854, and it is the oldest operating theater in the city, even though it was closed for renovations, at the time of our visit.

The Fontana di Piazza Umberto I is, as its name implies, in Piazza Umberto I, directly in front of the Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro.

Various monuments pay tribute to the students who would later lose their lives in the Alps, and in other places, while defending their country in the wars that would inflict their land.


Next up: We explore more of Bari, including a walk along the waterfront!


Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations that may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Bari, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie!


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