At first sight, Giovinazzo may appear to be a just charming and a very quiet town in the South of Italy. In fact, this city is rich in cultural life as well.
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, which extends over wide surface area, is the seat of Giovinazzo's cultural and social life, the meeting point of people who gather during the holidays, a place where traditional markets are set up, and where many festivals take place throughout the year.
This is a wonderful majestic square, maybe one of the most beautiful in Puglia and is unique in Italy due to its particular trapezium shape. At the centre of the square there is the monumental Fontana dei Tritoni with its sculptures, representing mythological marine figures.
The square overlooks the beautiful church of San Domenico, the Vittorio Emanuele II Institute and the neoclassic style “Palazzo del Marchese di Rende” which hosts Banca Popolare di Bari.
This square is livened during the summer months with different evening outdoor music performances, organised by local associations* and it attracts tourists and people coming from the neighbouring towns.
In winter time, after the Sunday celebration of Sant'Antonio Abbate which takes place on 17 January, local associations light a big bonfire in the square together with other small fires scattered here and there in the ancient borough. There is also a folk music concert and tastings of countryside traditional food.
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II hosts many bars and clubs where you can sit and enjoy good homemade ice cream, or a drink at sunset, so that you will have the opportunity to admire the warm and intense colours that the sky of this town offers. If you want instead to spend the evening in company with your loved ones, near the main square in Via Cappuccini 29, we advise you to go to Brarì Braceria Rizzo, a small and cosy typical steak restaurant which offers its customers carefully selected first-class meats and salami from local producers. Moreover, the steakhouse offers a fine selection of wines and cheeses to accompany the meat.
On cool and sunny days in winter you can have the opportunity to sit at outdoor tables of the most famous and old bars, the latter is exposed to the sun but not to the sea wind.
You can have a coffee, taste homemade pastries, croissants and many other specialties, or simply drink an aperitif in a late Sunday morning, sitting comfortably outdoors. The warm and bright atmosphere which the famous square offers, especially in this charming corner, will embrace you providing you with a sense of well-being and peace, the pleasure of life ....
Walking down towards the sea, you can reach the picturesque little harbour of Giovinazzo that lights up in the evening, creating a magical atmosphere. Under the Tower you will find a famous restaurant which offers an excellent menu based on fresh fish and dishes created by the chef all in one of the most picturesque corners of the town.
The East and West seafront have a cycle path. They attract not only families coming usually on Sunday, but also couples which like to go for a nice and romantic stroll along this elegant coast which offers different free beaches and have both the ancient borough as a background.
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