The municipality of Giovinazzo is located north of Bari, just a few kilometres from Molfetta. Legend has it that the town was founded by Perseus, the son of Zeus, while historic finds date its fortress and transformation from a village to town centre to Trajan in 102 A.D.
Constantine the Great gave the town its churches and places of Christian worship. A diocese since the V century, in medieval times it became an important trading centre, something which steadily increased with Byzantine, Norman and Suevian domination. To present day, Giovinazzo encloses age-old testimonies of the medieval period within its walls and is equipped with an important port where local fishing vessels dock.
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