I.P.S.I.A. “ G. Galilei” Gravina in Puglia, S.S.96 Km 72,100 I.T.C.S. “ V. Bachelet” Gravina in Puglia, Via V. Bachelet s.n. ISTITUTO DI ISTRUZIONE SECONDARIA SUPERIORE 70024 - GRAVINA IN PUGLIA (BA) Ufficio di Presidenza: Via V. Bachelet s.n., tel. 0803266068 Ufficio di Segreteria: Via V. Bachelet s.n., Tel e fax 0803264276
2007/08 Schools exchanging experience TERRITORY SCHOOL FAIRY TACE
Gravina in Puglia I s a town located in the region Puglia. land of passage. Puglia, stretching out beside the sea, a peninsula in the peninsula,land between two seas, balcony over the Mediterranean, crossed by a thousand routes, which remind us of memorable pilgrimages in myth and history. The mysterious ones made by the Pelasgics, the mythical landfalls of the Cretans and the Greeks, the literary voyages of the Aeneid and the Odyssey, but also the istorical migrations of the Japigi, Dauni, Peucezi and the Messapi
<ul><li>Gravina in Puglia is an Italian town situated in the South of italy in the region Puglia. </li></ul><ul><li>It is surrounded by the western Murgia and there is a river called “la gravina” </li></ul><ul><li>It has got about 43.671 inhabitants </li></ul><ul><li>Gravina plays a crucial role in Apulia because of its unique landscape – calcareous land, caves, and terraces – that made it the seat for the National Park of Murgia (Parco Nazionale Alta Murgia). </li></ul>
<ul><li>Gravina was founded by the Greeks; during the colonization of Greater Greece , as a polis with the right of a mint of his own. The Romans conquered it after the 3rd Samnite War (305 BC). The Via Appia , which linked Rome to Brindisi, passed through Gravina. </li></ul><ul><li>Several pots, vases, and antiques were found in the graves – archaeological sites – which are part of Gravina’s territory. You can find in the thown museum “Ettore Pomarici Santomasi” an exhibition of all archaeological relics. </li></ul><ul><li>Gravina is the place of Grain and Grape for excellence ; in fact, the emperor Federico II coined the city crest. </li></ul><ul><li>From 1386 to 1816 it was a fief of the Orsini family: the pope Benedict XIII (Pietro Francesco Orsini) was born here in 1649. The feudal oppression led to numerous riots, in particular from 1789 until the unification of Italy . </li></ul><ul><li>Gravina was partly destroyed by Allied bombings during World War II . </li></ul>
This is its coat of arms The motto given to the city of Gravina by Emperor Frederick II , is Grana dat et vina ( Latina : "It gives grain and wine").
COMENIUS 2007/08 Schools exchanging experience TERRITORY SCHOOL FAIRY TACE
The story of Eleanor and the king of Winter by Xenos
In the fairyland an everlasting Spring used to light up the subjects’ life, and everyone enjoyed a cheerful prosperity. The magic and enchantment of jewelled palaces and fabulous gardens crowded with trees laden with fruits were though overshadowed by the overwhelming belle Eleanor, the Princess whose beauty had no equal. One day, the King of Winter was flying across the clouds escorted by the icy wind when his eagle-eye captured her and suddenly he couldn’t help but falling in love with the belle. He then asked to marry the Princess but she didn’t accept and told him kindly she would never leave her father’s land, a land devoted to water nymphs, gnomes and fairies.. The king of Winter flew into such a rage that he had the Spring land caught into a deadly darkening freeze, and everything turned into ice, death and darkness. “ If I can’t marry the belle Eleanor, Spring will disappear forever!” he icily shouted himself hoarse. Then he decided to go and live on his own into a fortress built in the mountains, waiting for her to be pushed into his arms. Meanwhile, in the magic land, the once cheerful subjects, fairies and all animals in the woods were going through hard times suffering like they were not used to.
“ My dear daughter” the wise King said to Eleanor “I’m afraid we have no choice, and you’ll have to get married and live with him in his land; you must leave us but your supreme sacrifice shall give our land its Spring back as well as all the joy which we barely remember with longing.” Eleanor thus accepted to make the supreme sacrifice; her favourite horse was saddled and some escort provided to take her across the mountains toward the cruel king’s fortress. An everlasting storm surrounded the mountains but as soon as the eagles foretold the coming of the belle Eleanor, the winds and fog cleared up and the Princess was accompanied by a fine bright day, as there used to be once. She reached the icy fortress and was warmly welcomed by the Lord of the Storm; he honoured her with charm and sweetness longing for sadness to leave the belle Princess, and again in vain. Then he said “If you accept to marry me, you might spend a part of the year in your fatherland bringing along Spring and hot Summer. But you must come back to me and then in your magic land my own seasons will replace yours. There shall come the melancholic Fall and the Winter of hibernation for all living beings.” Princess Eleanor accepted and thus the four seasons followed, and after every Winter there comes the Spring.
Eleonor: I love my people and I shall do whatever to make them happy