Grand Hotel

The pool of our hotel at the gates of Foggia is exclusively available to our guests: here you can treat yourself to sunbaths and relax in the water at any time of the day. Loungers, sunbeds, sun umbrellas and sea towels are always provided by us

Our History

Grand Hotel Vigna Nocelli is located on a road that has been the most important artery of the Daunia since Roman times: the Appia Traiana. This is the construction of the first military road built by the Romans in 312 BC, definitively settled and declared public in 109 by the emperor Trajan from which it was named after. It became the main artery through which Rome firmly assured the dominion of Campania and determined a greater economic vitality to the cities placed along its path.

Immediately after the construction of the Appia Traiana, others followed: La Flaminia, La Valeria, La Cassia, L'Aurelia. These roads were not used exclusively for military purposes, but also to develop a secure and rapid communication system that had its full development in this period.

In the Middle Ages, since the needs tied to the trade started diminishing, the roads were used above all for PILGRIMAGES, a phenomenon that spread rapidly during this period. We know for sure that the most frequented route since the days of pilgrimages is the Via Francigena, an obligatory itinerary for the Pilgrims who wanted to go to Rome. The location of the Grand Hotel Vigna Nocelli is on the Traiana diverticulum that led from Aecae to the ancient Sipontum, a stretch of the Franciscan road that became known in the 12th century near the Candelaro as (Strata Preregrinorum), as a place of passage required for pilgrims and penitents on their way to and from the Holy Land
The time of construction of Vigna Nocelli would seem to refer to the XIII-XIV centuries, that is to say the moment in which also in Italy the gothic forms shaped in the French region of the Ile de France began to spread. The most important and innovative event for the affirmation of new Gothic trends in southern Italy, was the great artistic and cultural movement that grew in the Swabian age and also spread to northern Italy, especially in Tuscany, where the Gothic was. subjected to a decided re-elaboration.

Externally, the façade of the building of Grand Hotel Vigna Nocelli is divided into three parts: the central one, whose vertical impetus vaguely recalls the tricuspidated façade of the Cathedral of Orvieto (1310), and the lateral ones, each comprised of two pilasters crowned by spiers. The outer wall is interrupted by five large portals, three seats in the central area and two in the side ones, and by the string course that divides the building horizontally; the upper part of the facade has a circular motif in the center. The decorative motifs of the building are given by elaborate vegetable and floral decorations harmoniously inscribed within the pointed arches that, in addition to giving greater impetus to the architectural organism, refer to the ogival arches that adorn the Italian duo-fourteenth-century works.

Structurally the building is made of solid load-bearing masonry, the thickness of the walls is 95 centimeters and does not seem to be of the dry type but rather made of bricks and stones, as it appears, following the deterioration of the plaster, both from outside and inside; while the vaults described are made of bricks
The study conducted on Vigna Nocelli has led to formulate some hypotheses, namely the construction that can be considered neither a farm nor a building of worship as the essential constituent elements (division into aisles, apse, presbytery area). The historical-typological analysis of the masserias of Puglia, with the related examples compared, have distanced us from the idea that it could be a typical farm of the Tavoliere delle Puglie. It is unlikely that its construction could date back to the early 1900s as the materials and construction technology would have been different. Archival research has provided more than one element; in 1820 a certain D. Gaetano Nocelli, in the locality of Castiglione, bought the Salde lands of the Posta dei Porcili, plowing 1/5 of them. This Post of the Porcili is documented since 1686 in the Castiglione-Palmori area to come into the territory of a Pasture
Taking into account that Vigna Nocelli is located on the Appia Traiana, the first major road connecting Rome to the south of the Italian peninsula (precisely on its direct variant a Siponto), it could be assumed that the building was in the past:
  • A building built for strategic purposes to control roads and valleys in the communal age;
  • A building constructed to house pilgrims who traveled to the Apulian ports in the Middle Ages to embark for the Holy Land or who wanted to reach the other minor destinations of medieval pilgrimage such as the Sanctuary of San Michele sul Gargano and San Nicola in Bari;
  • One of the many welfare facilities built along the way for the Crusaders heading for Puglia to be transported to the Levante ports;
  • An accommodation facility used in the second half of the 13th century by merchants who exported goods from all over Europe to the Apulian port cities of the East;
  • A building used as a customs house since in the early fourteenth century the first customs of the sheep were established by the Angevins, then restored by Alfonso I of Aragon who in 1443 designated the Catalan Francesco Montember as head of customs with headquarters first in Lucera, then in Foggia;
  • Or that it has fulfilled, over time, all these functions not excluding that of masseria since it has often been identified as "typical Tavoliere farm".
Historic reconstruction carried out by Angela Antonella Russo and Giuseppe Domenico Iannelli of the Italian Archeoclub, Section of Pietramontecorvino (Foggia)

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A wonderful hotel especially because of the excellent food and room..real relax!! The personnel is extremely kind and the property is run with great attention to every detail!! Just the wi-fi needs to be improved!!
Located in the midst of an immense plain, you do not expect an oasis so cared for, a refined, quiet and well-managed environment, kind staff. A great vacation.
A very nice property, excellent quality / price ratio. Lucera is much more than one can expect. Visiting it and staying at Vigna Nocelli is an experience none should miss.
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Certificazione n. 9378/210.19 del 29 Luglio 2019 - Sezione Eventi
Vigna Nocelli Grand Hotel
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Cell. +39 342 3741605

S.S. 17 Km 329 Foggia-Lucera - Km 329
71036 Lucera (Fg) - Italy
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