Giovinazzo is an important seaside resort with fishing traditions, located near Molfetta on the Adriatic coast,.
The legends tell that the center was founded by Perseus, however, some findings, including the dolmen's Eve (II millennium BC), show that the area was inhabited since ancient times.
The settlement became a fortified center with the Emperor Trajan and was enriched with churches in the XV century under Constantine. Giovinazzo was also famous for its important trade relations with Venice.
A splendid example of Romanesque-Apulian style, the Cathedral Giovinazzo, entitled to Our Lady of the Assumption, is dated to the Norman period: the crypt, in fact, was completed in 1150 and the upper church in 1180, although it was consecrated only in the next century. In the XVII century, like many other churches in Puglia, the building submitted some Baroque refurbishments, however, the original appearance of the structure has not changed much.
Not to miss: the Church of San Domenico with the Fountain of the Tritons, the Ducal Palace (XVII century), Palazzo Severo-Paint (XVI century) and the Town Hall.