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Orta Nova

Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Puglia  /  Province of Foggia  /  Orta Nova
Orta Nova is a town and comune about 25.4km from Foggia, in the region of Apulia, in southern Italy. It stretches to the southern part of the Tavoliere (Foggia's plain) on the right bank of the River Carapelle.The origins of the name "Orta" are rather uncertain, as it the word may indicate: "crooked-born", from the Latin ortus, or "garden" from the Latin word hortus, or also simply "East".HistoryThe Romans built a courier post in the area, previously a territory of the Daunians.In the early Middle Ages a hamlet, whose name is mentioned in a document dating back to 1184, was built on the ruins of the Roman post. This hamlet came under the control of the Benedictine abbey of Venosa.Under the Italo-Norman rule the Palace of Orta had its Concergius—a knight noted for his war capabilities—charged with guarding a castle or palace. In 1269 Pietro Galesio became Contergius, followed Raolino Normando followed. With the arrival of Henry VI of Hohenstaufen, Orta and its hamlet were part of a territorial defending plan as some documents attest.Instead of the hamlet, a castrum was built under Hanry's son, Frederick II, a sort of little country villa used for recreation. Here he had a castle built where he could hunt in the wood in its neighbourhood.In 1271, after the Angevine conquest of southern Italy, renovations were started by a royal "carpentier", Jean de Toul. In 1282 the castle of Orta, together with other five in the area, is attested to be directly managed by the royal court.
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