When one starts digging into local history, as from a crystallized past, names, stories, plots and explanations begin to emerge; they give meaning to us and to history with a capital «H».
Searching amongst books and legal acts of a small town like Noci, one find oneself amazed and a veil is lifted showing unexpected explanations on why those inhabitants are different from those of a nearby city.
These are the sensations arising while reading «Conferenze Istoriche» [Historical Conferences] by Pietro Gioja, written at the end of 1800.
Obviously we won’t be here summarizing his ponderous work, but a feeling is what we would like to communicate; a feeling still alive amongst the people of this nice town of nearly 20 thousand inhabitants, between the towns of Alberobello, Castellana Grotte, Gioia del Colle, Mottola (TA), Putignano in the province of Bari, at an altitude above the sea level between 331 and 470 meters.
The history of this city begins at the dawn of the year 1000, but it is only in 1150, with the change of governance of the Reign of Naples to the Normans, that it begins to be appreciated for the beauty of the location and the richness of the woods, so much so that Willem “the Bad”, prince of Taranto, made time for a thorough visit.