The territory


The name Daunia derives from the hero Dauno, son of the king Licaone of Arcadia who arrived in Puglia. This is only one of several suppositions: many people date the coning of Dauno in this area at the time of the Trojan war. In fact, linked to the myth is also the story of Diomede, a Trojan war hero, inseparable companion of Ulysses. He arrived in Daunia and founded the city of Arpi; he helped the king of Daunia and married his daughter. Diomede obtained the Gargano and Tremiti (also called Diomedee Islands).


Torremaggiore is located at the foot of Gargano mountain, in Alta Daunia region. Its history is linked to the monastery “Terrae Majoris” and to the medieval village of Castel Fiorentino, whose ruins are located in Torremaggiore countryside. Fiorentino a frontier byzantine village, was founded by Basilio Boioannes around 1018. Fiorentino made history because it welcomed the emperor Frederick II, who died in his domus in December 1250. The name Torremaggiore derives most probably from the Norman-Swabian tower that is still the oldest part of the Castle Grounds. For five centuries, the town was owned by the noble family De Sangro, principles of San Severo and dukes of Torremaggiore. A land of conquest, at the whole South of Italy, the province of Foggia has been inhabited, during the centuries, by several rules, first the Greeks, who settled in this area, in the first millennium B.C.


Today, the Daunia is a land of hard-working men with a great spirit of sacrifice and a big attachment to their traditions. The olive tree represents the symbol of Daunia territory, a land rich in history and beautiful landscapes. In Daunia are cultivated olive trees that mark the unpolluted environment of this area. Daunia is among the largest producers of extra virgin olive oil, appreciated and exported to other parts of Italy and even across the border.

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