Lucera, Municipal Museum "G. Fiorelli"

Lucera: mosaico a tessere
  • Category - Archaeological sites
  • Country - Italy
  • Region - Puglia
  • Province - Foggia
  • Town - Lucera

Address/how to arrive

Leave Foggia and take via Lucera, through the Tavoliere, in front of the Daunian Mountains. You pass over Celone and Vulgano streams and you reach Lucera.

 

Tourist Information

Archaeological Municipal Museum "G. Fiorelli"

c/o Palazzo Cavalli Via De Nicastri, 74 - 71036 Lucera (Fg)
Tel. and fax 0881/547041

 

For the opening time, it’s better to phone.

Generally the museum is closed on Monday.

 

Description

Lucera was an old Daunian centre of uncertain origin. During the second Samnitic war it was an ally of Rome, but it was conquered by the Samnites, who closed into the citadel the 600 roman horsemen taken in hostage in 321 B.C. at the Forche Caudine. In the same year, Lucera was transformed in colonia iuris latini.

Military colony in Augustan age, it became a very important town in the following centuries. During Constantine’s empire it was named Constantiniana and it became one of the main towns of Puglia and Calabria.

The Normans conquered it in 1200; afterwards, its history is strictly connected with the Svevians. Federico II built there his imperial palace in 1233. 

At the Municipal Museum "G. Fiorelli" you can see several mosaics, found during works in the modern town.

Bibliography

Lucera: topografia storica, archeologia, arte, a cura di E.A. Sanpaolo, Bari 1999.

M. Mazzei, L'oro della Daunia. Storia delle scoperte archeologiche. La provincia di Foggia, Bari 2002.

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