Cassano delle Murge is located in the inland from the province of Bari and is surrounded by the rich and verdant nature of the National Park called Parco Nazionale dell’Alta Murgia, not far from the majestic forest of Mercadante. Rich in nature as well as in history, Cassano delle Murge is surrounded by massive defensive walls. Its centre is characterised by narrow, winding streets and low houses with small courtyards. Near Cassano there is the former Convent of St. Mary of the Angels, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared three times near a cave. Every year, in the month of May, there is a religious Festival, dedicated to Our Lady and called Festa della Madonn’d’basce , a pure expression of the strong local religious tradition.