7 days in Puglia, Italy - 09/16/2023-9/22/2023

Day 1-Bari


Old town

Old town Cont.

Dinner at La Tana del Polpo

Day 2-Monopoli

and Polignano a Mare

Monopoli-Old port

Old town

Monopoli Cathedral

Purgatory Church

Polignano a Mare

Old town and the coast line

Dinner at Biancofiore

Day 3- Matera

Matera city

Matera Cathedral

Matera Cont.

Sassi Barisano & Caves

Palombaro Lugo

Dinner at Buenalleggre

Day 4-Alberobello/Ostuni
Basilica of St. Comas & Damian
lunch at Alimentari
Trullo Sovrano
Old Town
Old town cont.
Ostuni cont.
Dinner at Ceralacca
Day 5- Bari
Norman Swabian Castle
City Walk
Lunch at Bottega del Tortellino
Pane e Pomodoro beach
Cocktail & Dinner
  Day 6-Trani

Port and Cathedral of Trani

Inside the Cathedral

Lunch at Giu a Sud

old Town


Dinner at La Baresana

Day 7-Bari
Last day in Bari

Day 4- Alberobello-9/19/2023

Basilica del Santi Medici Cosma e Damian

The Basilica of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Alberobello was built in 1885. It contains the relics of Saints Cosmas and Damian, patrons of Alberobello. They are very revered by the Catholic Church, so the Church in Alberobello was given the title of Minor Basilica.

The church of Santi Medici Cosma e Damiono is the most important Christian in the city of Alberobello.  It was initially a small church in the 19th century and was transformed into a large basilica with a neoclassic facade.  This basilica is dedicated to Saints Cosmas and Damian. During the 26th and the 27th of September a celebration of the Saint's city holiday is held and there is a crowd of pilgrims from the nearby towns, and as tradition claims, they travel the entire route by foot.


 Over the course of 300 years, the country church has been demolished, rebuilt and enlarged several times, until it became, thanks to the inventiveness of the architect Antonio Curri, a sumptuous basilica.  The facade was completed in 1885.


The basilica is a landmark located on the northern side of the historic center and on Corso Vittorio Emanuele and can be seen from various point throughout the town.


Neo-Renaissance interior and mostly local people come here to pray so it is very quiet.


The main nave


The main nave with the a sculpture of the crucifixion of the Christ is hang above and below two statues of Saints Cosmas and Damian.


Closer view


Two wooden statues (1782 and 1784) of Saints Cosmas and Damian. and the reliquary containing some bones fragments of the Saints.

The twins Cosmas and Damian were born in the Arabian Peninsula in the 3rd century AD, and lived in Asia Minor (the territory of Turkey). They were called saints without money, because they treated all people, poor and rich, and never took money for it. The brothers preached the Christian faith and were executed during the persecution under the Emperor Diocletian. Saints Cosmas and Damian are venerated by both Catholics and Orthodox.


A sculpture of the crucifixion of the Christ on the side aisle on the basilica.


Panoramic view


The organ above the entrance


Paintings of scenes from the crucifixion of Christ.


Oil on canvas painting of the Madonna


Panoramic view of the interior.


The apse


Beautifully preserved mosaics dating back to the 6h and 7th centuries.



Outside of the basilica there is a bust of Pope John Paul II.


Closer view of the sculpture.


We are now done with the visit.


NEXT... Day 4- Lunch at Alimentari




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