Canne della Battaglia
Canne della Battaglia
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Peter C
By Peter C
2nd Punic War site, Battle of Cannae
4.0 of 5 bubblesMay 2019
I have a great interest in ancient Roman history, especially the Punic Wars. I was thrilled to find that the Battle of Cannae could be pinpointed with accuracy. Although some authors do disagree about the precise placement of the forces, nonetheless they all agree this is where it took place. We found the place using Google Maps and it was very easy to get to and to find the freeway afterwards. You drive through some very pretty orchards and farm land on the way, and in the distance at one point we even spotted the Norman castle in the distance. The site consists of a welcome center with free admission. Note: It is CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS, and sometimes during holidays, so check ahead before you head out there. The center has some exhibits and a movie introducing the battle. The movie was in English and they played an Italian version for the next two people there (we were a party of four). There were very few people here and when we went outside, we were entirely alone. You flow through the center to an exit that leads uphill to the ruins of the town; it is an archeological site and parts of it are roped off. If you follow the road to the end, you reach an overlook but that isn't the best view of the potential battlefield; go to the right until the end of that road. Then you'll see the large monument marking the battle. It is very nondescript (see photo) and has chiseled inscriptions in Latin (from Livy) and Greek (from Polybius) on the base. You can get a view of the entire battle field; in the distance at the tree line was where the river probably flowed back then. Imagine over 100,000 men and horses crammed in here for that eventful fight! It is quite overwhelming. For fans of Roman history, I would highly recommend you visit this site.

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Peter C
Decatur, GA111 contributions
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May 2019 • Friends
I have a great interest in ancient Roman history, especially the Punic Wars. I was thrilled to find that the Battle of Cannae could be pinpointed with accuracy. Although some authors do disagree about the precise placement of the forces, nonetheless they all agree this is where it took place.

We found the place using Google Maps and it was very easy to get to and to find the freeway afterwards. You drive through some very pretty orchards and farm land on the way, and in the distance at one point we even spotted the Norman castle in the distance.

The site consists of a welcome center with free admission. Note: It is CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS, and sometimes during holidays, so check ahead before you head out there. The center has some exhibits and a movie introducing the battle. The movie was in English and they played an Italian version for the next two people there (we were a party of four). There were very few people here and when we went outside, we were entirely alone.

You flow through the center to an exit that leads uphill to the ruins of the town; it is an archeological site and parts of it are roped off. If you follow the road to the end, you reach an overlook but that isn't the best view of the potential battlefield; go to the right until the end of that road. Then you'll see the large monument marking the battle. It is very nondescript (see photo) and has chiseled inscriptions in Latin (from Livy) and Greek (from Polybius) on the base. You can get a view of the entire battle field; in the distance at the tree line was where the river probably flowed back then. Imagine over 100,000 men and horses crammed in here for that eventful fight! It is quite overwhelming.

For fans of Roman history, I would highly recommend you visit this site.
Written 17 May 2019
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avidtraveller195
Melbourne, Australia584 contributions
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May 2015 • Couples
We visited the Canne della Battaglia today. If you are using a GPS it should be recorded as a historical landmark rather than a destination. There is a small information centre with exhibits and entry was free to the site even though the signs outside stated an entry fee for those under 65. There is adequate information in Italian and English and we found it very interesting to read and to wander with some great photo opportunities. From the information centre there is a wheelchair friendly path up to the top of the hill where there are loose metal paths. While there are a few stairs it is not a difficult or challenging site to visit. There is a toilet in the information centre and off road car parking directly opposite. Plan to spend around 45 minutes to 1 hour having a wander. There is no gift shop or refreshments for sale, however you are not far from Barletta.
Written 29 May 2015
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Janez Z
Ljubljana, Slovenia70 contributions
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July 2014 • Family
They discovered this Roman site only about decade ago and not all is uncovered. Not very promoted and not many visitors. Good oportunity to move to encient times in peace. Well worth a visit.
Written 30 July 2014
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MIlton Keynes773 contributions
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May 2019 • Couples
This is the second time I have tried to visit,and you have been closed on a whim. Do not say you are open on a Sunday,if it is a lie. I have travelled from Abruzzo yo specifically come to visit this site. The times on the following are incorrect. The Puglia tourism site,the benecultura site and even your information board outside your site. PLEASE CORRECT WITH URGENCY,before other people waste as much time as I have!!!
Written 11 May 2019
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Antonio I
Milan, Italy193 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Family
I was very happily surprised with this museum (with free entrance)! One of the most important battles of antiquity is brilliantly remembered.
The museum hosts archeological findings from the long history of the town of Cannae, before and after the battle.
Then a 3D movie is shown, depicting Hannibal's campaign through Italy and how it resulted in this battle; its unfolding, outcome and aftermath.
Then you can climb the hill, visit the remains of the town, and from that vantage point contemplate the Ancient battlefield.
Written 20 August 2017
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Alan K
County Dublin, Ireland58 contributions
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May 2015
The site is kinda hard to reach, lost in the beautiful Puglia's land: atop of an hill relics of medieval/roman Cannae await you to walk into. There's a museum where volunteers will guide you thru, but IMHO is the view from the monumental column (of modern era) that dominates the land below that gives you the clue of the battle fought between the romans and Hannibal's armies. Read about it before, study the importance in military story and then let your immagination do the rest.
A Jewel of italian cultural heritage.
Written 15 December 2015
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Robert d
Amstelveen, The Netherlands162 contributions
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July 2015 • Couples
It is obvious that people who visit this remote spot are there to see the place where in 216 BC Hannibal inflicted the largest defeat ever on a Roman army. However, when you arrive at the spot there isn’t any indication where you can find that spot. When you follow the footpath you see all kind of ruins with informative texts displayed that explain what these knee-high remains were. When you continue the path it ends at the hill where a lone column is positioned. You look out over a green plain and as a reader of classical history you know that this must have been the place of the battle, but any notification is lacking. Returning to the entrance there is a small museum entirely devoted to the excavations. A kind of representation of the battle is lacking. Would it be difficult to arrange a kind of mock-up of the battle? Strange that a site that advertises itself as "Canne della Batteglia" doesn’t have any reference to this battle other than a photo (the same as attached) of the battlefield at the bottom of the welcome desk.......
It appears that the site has been arranged by archeologists who carried out the excavations and they were not at all interested in a place where nothing is to excavate.....
Written 10 August 2015
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TheMarshal84
Liverpool, UK557 contributions
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Mar 2019 • Friends
"The Carthaginians by this action became at once masters of almost all the rest of the coast" - Polybius. For anyone who has read or studied Roman history, The Battle of Cannae, 216 BCE is a watershed moment in the formation of Romes character. 500 years later, Romans would still talk about Cannae, and how not to repeat history. With that in mind, as a Roman Historian, the site was a must see for me... but with mixed results.

There are two trains a day calling at Canne Della Battaglia railway station, to/from Barletta, check times before you set out. The trip takes around 8-11 mins, which is better than the 50 mins by bus. The walk to the site is short but very pleasant, however, the site museum was closed (despite the website saying it will be open that day), but the site is however accessible from down the road. The site is well signposted and information is in English. the view from the top of the hill is a mus, and worth the walk. Entry was free (as the museum was closed) and is accessible by foot. Please allow 60 mins to enjoy the site.
Written 10 May 2019
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Hamilton W
Hamilton, Canada42 contributions
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Sept 2018 • Couples
If you know and like your ancient history, then you will love this place. There is a great museum and a fantastic view from the hilltop overlooking the Cannae battlefield where it all happened ie: where Hannibal won the textbook battle against the Romans which every commander has attempted to emulate since. There are also interesting excavations underway which are studying the ancient, and also the subsequent medieval, town which was built on the hilltop beside the battlefield. The museum has fascinating exhibits and helpful descriptions in both Italian and English. I strongly recommend watching the movie in the museum, which is well produced and gives a great background for all people, whether they are young children or expert historians, and then going to see the battlefield. The movie is available in English, Italian, and probably other languages. You enter at the museum, and then you walk up (easy dirt pathway) the hilltop to the overlook where you look down over the vast battlefield, which now consists of farms, etc. The custodians and authorities have done a great job to preserve this special place.
Written 13 September 2018
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Graham K
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Couples
Cannae is a seminal battle in the history of warfare, and the tactics have formed the basis of many syllabuses in universities, colleges and military schools.
The museum is a true wonder with accommodating staff, relevant quotations about the battle from authors through the ages, and the explanations are given in Italian and English. There a few artefacts from the battle site, which disappoints some visitors, but there is a really splendid video with CGI and vivid graphics - it is in Italian without subtitles, but it makes no difference.
There is an area for self-provided food, and the vending machines provide snacks, cold drinks and a wide variety of inexpensive, but excellent coffee.
The hilltop city has few visitors, and the view over the battlefield from the column is evocative, IF the visitor has done pre-visit preparation about the new debates on the site of the battlefield.
Written 18 July 2018
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