Federicus Medieval Festival, 24-28 April 2019 Altamura (BA)
Federicus - Medieval Festival was born from the desire to enhance the territory of the city of Altamura, the most populous center of Alta Murgia. Legend has it that Frederick II, who was passing through the city and headed for Bari to set sail for the Holy Land, left here sick soldiers with malaria who were healed thanks to the healthy air of the place. To celebrate the miraculous healing, the emperor Svevo built the Cathedral, the seat of the secular and ecclesiastical power of the medieval city. In reality, the Emperor wanted to build a church to obtain the benevolence of Pope Gregory IX, who had previously excommunicated him, in a city with a strategic position towards Bari and within the beloved Puglia.