The site of Cannae (now named Canne della Battaglia) – famed for the epic battle in 216 BC between the Romans and Carthaginians – stands on a hill in the lower Ofanto valley. The Antiquarium, beneath the fortified citadel, and the Archaeological Park with the remains of the ancient Daunian settlement, plus Roman, early Christian and medieval remains, offer visitors a rich and fascinating visit.
Frequented since the Neolithic Age (5th millennium BC), in the middle of the Bronze Age clusters of huts were built on terraces that controlled the Ofanto river. The town of Dauno was founded in the 6th century BC on the hills, and was inhabited until the 3rd century BC.
The main hill, the “Mount of Cannae”, was occupied throughout the late antique and medieval period: here, after the destruction of Canosa in 872, the bishop’s seat was established, entrusted in 1100 to S. Ruggero, whose remains were preserved in the Basilica.
In 1083 it was conquered and partially destroyed by Robert Guiscard. In 1303 Charles II of Anjou annexed the territory of Cannae to that of Barletta. At the end of the Middle Ages, the site was gradually abandoned.
The Antiquarium documents the history of Cannae from Prehistory to the Middle Ages.
The visitor’s itinerary follows a chronological and thematic order, illustrating with objects and a wide range of texts the historical evolution of the site and its interaction with the surrounding Ofanto area. The educational features, lively graphics and rich multimedia elements offer a stimulating visit.
Particular emphasis is focused on the historical battle of the Second Punic War in 216 BC. The carefully documented story of the battle is told in a video reconstruction, visible in 3D, in the multimedia room, and also via historical sources in interactive multimedia units, featuring tactical manoeuvres and protagonists.
The visit to the Archaeological Park offers two itineraries: the first to the main hill, site of the Roman Arx mentioned in the Latin sources, and the medieval castle, basilica and settlement. The second itinerary leads to the early Christian basilica, to the area of the Daunian dwellings with its simple “oven” tombs, and then to the furnace and the medieval burial ground.
from Wednesday to Sunday 9.00 - 17.30 (last admission 17.00)
Monday and Tuesday
Partially accessible park
Strada Provinciale n. 142 Barletta-Canosa di Puglia