Piazza Mercantile and Piazza Ferarese and the Very Strange Sensation I have for Them
Walking and exploring from the Bari Centrale (Bari Train Station), we walked our way around the city. Piazza Mercantile, which is the entrance to the old city (Bari Vecchia) is around one kilometer away (from the train station). During that time, we arrived early in the morning from Milan with our night trip and we have had all day to waste getting to know the city of Bari.
In the Piazza Mercantile, there was a preserved portion of the Roman road called the "Tracce della Via Apia Triana, where the foundation, thickness and layers were clearly displayed for the public. In Piazza Ferarese, a nearby piazza, there stand the preserved column called "Colunna della Giustizia" where people who did not pay their debts before were tied and tortured for the public to see..I bet it was to serve as exemplary punishment so that others will pay their debts religiously. Around these two piazzas (piazze for Italian plural), there are surrounding pubs to spend the evening.
It was a strange feeling being there. Although it was open and there were lots of old locals chitchatting around, it did not help what I felt. I felt to be part of history, a character in my old high school history boods with black and white illustrations. I did thought that these things are all in history, buried their mysteries in the book and to that day, I never realize I have them just in front of my eyes. Strange, very strange feeling. [more]
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