Conversano is an ancient town and comune in the province of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. It is located 30 km south-east of Bari, 7 km from the Adriatic coast, at 219 m above sea-level. The counts of Conversano had a stud where they raised mostly black Neapolitan horses with Barb and Andalusian genetic background, strong ram-like heads, short backs, broad hocks.
- The medieval Castle, which dates from the period of Norman-Hohenstaufen rule in the Kingdom of Sicily.
- The Romanesque cathedral is the see of the diocese of Conversano-Monopoli. It was built in the 11th century.
- The Benedictine Monastery, founded, according to tradition, in the 6th century.
Other landmarks include:
The megalithic walls (6th century BC) erected by the Pelasgi, the Baroque church of SS. Cosma e Damiano, the church of St. Francis (1289), and, 1 km outside the city, the church of St. Catherine (c. 12th century). In the neighborhood are the church of Santa Maria dell'Isola (1462, enlarged in 1530), the Castle of Marchione (an 18th-century country residence of the Acquaviva), and the ruins of Castiglione (13th-16th centuries).