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Giovinazzo: Unveiling the Hidden Charms of Medieval Puglia

Hey there, fellow travel enthusiasts! I recently stumbled upon an absolute gem of a destination that I simply cannot keep to myself any longer. Get ready to pack your bags and join me as I take you on a virtual journey to the enchanting town of Giovinazzo in the stunning region of Puglia, Italy.

Things to do in Giovinazzo

Picture this: charming cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings, and the gentle aroma of fresh Italian cuisine lingering in the air. Giovinazzo is the kind of place that feels like it was plucked straight out of a fairy tale. Nestled along the Adriatic Sea, this hidden holiday destination is a true delight for anyone seeking a serene escape from the bustling crowds.

Giovinazzo, cobblestone streets, pastel colored buildings min
Giovanizzo harbor, Castello Normanno Svevo min

One of the first things that struck me about Giovinazzo was its rich history. As I wandered through the town’s narrow alleyways, I couldn’t help but marvel at the well-preserved medieval walls and ancient architecture that seemed to whisper stories of days gone by. The impressive Castello Normanno-Svevo, a majestic castle dating back to the 12th century, stands proudly at the heart of the town, offering breathtaking views of the sea and the surrounding area.

One of my favorite pastimes in Giovinazzo was simply strolling along the waterfront promenade, taking in the picturesque scenery and basking in the warm Mediterranean sun. The harbor is dotted with colorful fishing boats and small cafes, where you can sit back, relax, and savor the catch of the day. Trust me, the seafood here is absolutely divine!

Another thing I did was go on a private tour of Giovinazzo. So I got the most out of this little hidden gem! There is no way I would have known the amazing history of the town without our knowledgeable and friendly guide.

Church of St Maria Assunta, also known as the Giovinazzo Cathedral

You’ll find the Cathedral in the heart of the historic center, near the main square. As you approach, you’ll be captivated by its impressive façade, adorned with intricate stonework and a magnificent rose window. The cathedral’s construction dates back to the 12th century, although it has undergone various modifications and additions over the centuries.

Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by a breathtaking interior that seamlessly blends different architectural styles. The cathedral features a mix of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque elements, showcasing the evolution of artistic influences throughout the ages. As you explore the nave, you’ll come across ornate chapels, intricately carved wooden altars, and stunning frescoes that depict biblical scenes.

One notable highlight within the cathedral is the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament, which houses a precious 14th-century wooden crucifix. This masterpiece of religious art is beautifully crafted and holds great significance for the local community.

Attending a Mass or a religious ceremony at the Giovinazzo Cathedral can be a profound experience, allowing you to witness the spiritual devotion of the locals and appreciate the sacred atmosphere within this historic place of worship.

Church of Santa Maria Assunta, also known as the Giovinazzo Cathedral min

So, if you have a penchant for history, art, or religious architecture, a visit to the Giovinazzo Cathedral is an absolute must. Immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of this historic church, and let its grandeur transport you back in time.

But the beauty of Giovinazzo doesn’t stop at its historic charm and culinary delights. The town boasts some of the most stunning beaches in Puglia, with crystal-clear turquoise waters inviting you to take a refreshing dip. I found myself spending lazy afternoons stretched out on the soft sand, soaking up the sun and enjoying the tranquil atmosphere.

Suggested Daytrip from Giovanizzo

Bari is only 28.5 km via the SS16 from Giovinazzo. If you don’t have your own transport, hop on the train to Bari Centrale. The train ride takes around 20 minutes. It’s also the cheapest way to get to Bari from Giovinazzo

There are taxi services available but I suggest you save that money for your Bari shopping.

Where to stay in Giovinazzo

Holidays are meant to be magical and so will your stay at Piazza Duomo – Medieval Puglia’s House be as well! I’ve shared the link so you can scroll and have a look at the tasteful décor and get a feel for the warm and inviting ambiance of the hotel. As you make your way to your room, you can’t help but appreciate the seamless blend of contemporary amenities and the unique character of medieval architecture. The tasteful furnishings, plush bedding, and thoughtful touches create a cozy and comfortable sanctuary. 

Each morning, wake up refreshed and head down to the hotel’s dining area, where a delightful breakfast spread awaits you. Indulge in a variety of local and international delicacies, from freshly baked pastries and artisanal cheeses to seasonal fruits and aromatic coffee.

After a day of exploration, venture out to the rooftop terrace, offering panoramic views of Giovinazzo’s rooftops and the glistening Adriatic Sea—a perfect spot to watch the sunset and soak in the beauty of the town.

The attentive service, the well-appointed rooms, and the unbeatable location make it a truly memorable experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the magic of Giovinazzo.

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What sets Giovinazzo apart from other tourist hotspots is its authentic and laid-back vibe. Unlike its more famous neighbors like Bari or Alberobello, this little gem remains largely undiscovered by the masses, allowing you to immerse yourself in the genuine local culture. Whether it’s chatting with friendly locals at the market or stumbling upon hidden art galleries and boutiques, you’ll find yourself feeling like a true insider.

So, dear wanderers, if you’re seeking an off-the-beaten-path escape that combines history, natural beauty, and mouthwatering cuisine, Giovinazzo is the place for you. Trust me, this hidden holiday destination is a true Italian treasure just waiting to be explored. Pack your bags, bring your sense of adventure, and get ready to fall head over heels in love with this enchanting corner of Puglia. Buon viaggio!

PS: Speaking about heels… don’t forget to pack comfy walking shoes! I adore cats, so I packed my UIN’s sporting a cat on one foot – just a sweet reminder of what I’d be getting home to!

If you intend to travel with your little furry kitty, then read our post about traveling tips when you take your little 4-legged angel along.