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About 9 km from the Adriatic coast, in a territory that gently begins to rise above sea level stands Terlizzi, a typical example of agricultural agglomeration, a town that draws its main vital lymph from the land and the activities related to it. A pillar of the town's economy, alongside olives, kitchen gardens and the production of fine pottery, is floriculture, with the presence in the area of greenhouses and nurseries for the cultivation of plants and flowers which are exported throughout the world and the reason why Terlizzi can claim the name “city of flowers”. The town's origins date back to the 8th century, as demonstrated by the donation of Wacco, a Lombard lord, which included the donation of the “hamlet in Trelicio” to the monastery of Montecassino; this is probably also the origin of the toponym Trelicium (or Terlicium) which refers to the fact that the land was surrounded by “lecci” or holm oaks, trees that still today ornament the main streets of the town. Under Norman rule Terlizzi earned the level of civitas, with the construction of a fort, the tower of which, the “Torre Maggiore” can still be seen today with its characteristic clock on the eastern side dominating the piazza, and the creation of the unusual urban network of the mediaeval old town centre, which determined the subsequent development of the town. In fact inside the old town centre the houses are arranged in radial lines converging on the Cathedral of San Michele Arcangelo, giving the original nucleus an almost circular shape and was once delimited by the town moat (today referred to as the “big road” by the people of Terlizzi), and filled in with earth in the 1800s. After the Norman period the town was ruled by various dynasties, Swabian, Angevin, Aragonese, Spanish and Bourbon, until 1779 when the town definitively freed itself of feudal rule, as displayed by the coats of arms on the doors of the noble palazzos; amongst these the Palazzo de Gemmis stands out for its beauty, owned by the family of the same name distinguished for its strong involvement in town matters. A few km from Terlizzi, stands Sovereto, a mediaeval town with a Sanctuary with adjoining hospice which during the time of the Crusades was a stopover for pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. Inside the Sanctuary is the entrance to the cave where according to legend the icon of the black Virgin Mary and Baby was found, going on to become the patron saint of Terlizzi.

   
 



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