When one approaches the local history, names, events, intertwining and explanations emerge, as from a crystallized past, which give meaning both to us and to history with a capital “h”.
Leafing through the texts and notarial deeds of a small town like Noci, one is fascinated and unravels a veil that gives unexpected explanations on why those inhabitants are different from those of another center even a few kilometers away.
These are the sensations that are released by reading the “Historical Conferences” by Pietro Gioja which he was the first to realize at the end of the 19th century.
Obviously we will not stay here to make a summary of his remarkable work, but the love for nature is a feeling that we want to communicate, which is still alive among the inhabitants of this delightful town of about 20 thousand inhabitants, among the municipalities of Alberobello, Castellana Grotte, Gioia del Colle, Mottola (TA), Putignano in the province of Bari, at an altitude between 331 and 470 meters above sea level.
The history of this center begins at the dawn of the year 1000 but it is with 1150, passing the kingdom of Naples to the Normans, that it begins to appreciate for the amenity of the place and for the richness of woods, so much so that Guglielmo aka the Malo, Prince of Taranto paid a careful visit.