Bitonto is a city of approximately 60.000 inhabitants, situated north of Bari. Due to the extensive olive groves surrounding it, Bitonto is also known as the “City of Olive Trees”. Its oil production was already popular during the XIII century. It was then improved in the XX century and it nowadays still represents the city’s main source of income.
On May 26, 1734 the Austrians and the Bourbons fought in Bitonto the battle that created the Kingdom of Naples as an independent state.
Its old town, now a cultural site and touristic attraction thanks to its many beauties, is characterized by several churches, including the Romanesque Cathedral, and a number of remarkable examples of Renaissance architecture, such as the Sylos-Vulpano and the Sylos-Calò Palaces.
The historic centre is also home to a multitude of cultural venues which host exhibitions, concerts, festivals and plays all year long. Among these, the Teatro Comunale “Tommaso Traetta”, dedicated to the local composer and main venue of the Traetta Opera Festival.