Apulia Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Apulia Family-friendly activities

Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour with Aperitif

1. Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour with Aperitif

Set sail along a stretch of the Adriatic Sea from Polignano a Mare to admire the coastal caves by sea. Stop to peek into sea grottoes like Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Piana, Cala Paura, and more. Take a dip in hidden coves with the floatation devices provided and enjoy an aperitif onboard. Explore the many caves that dot the coast of Polignano a Mare on a relaxing boat tour. Enjoy an aperitif, make frequent stops to swim in the crystal-clear waters, and soak up the dramatic views of the coast. Set sail from the small port of San Vito and begin your tour of the main caves, including Grotta Palazzese, Grotta Santa Caterina, Grotta Chiari di Luna, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Cala Paura/Grottone, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Piana, and more. Stop for a swimming break in one of the most beautiful places on Polignano's coast and indulge in a delicious Prosecco-based aperitif during the cruise. Soak up the sunshine on deck or relax under a parasol. Take advantage of the ladders and floats for both adults and children. At the end of the tour, return to the departure point.

Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari

2. Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari

Experience a pleasant bike tour to discover the city of Bari and let your expert multilingual guide show you the most important attractions of the Apulian capital. Savor local products such as artisan ice cream or cold cuts and cheeses with a tasting experience. Pass by the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino, the Swabian Castle, the Teathers, the main squares, the many picturesque beaches, and the beautiful hidden corners of the historical center, such as the Fish Market and the alleys where women still prepare handmade fresh pasta. You will venture into the real Bari and immerse yourself in the lively local life and the traditions of this enchanting city. Choose the bikes which suit you best among women, men and children bikes. Enjoy a tour that is suitable for every level of cycling. Bari is a flat and sunny city and is therefore ideal to be visited by bike all the year round.

Puglia: Mozzarella-Making Class at a Apulian Farm

3. Puglia: Mozzarella-Making Class at a Apulian Farm

Discover the art of traditional mozzarella making with a workshop on a family-run farm in the Apulian countryside. Take in the country air and visit one of the oldest and most fascinating farms in Puglia. Visit the stables with cows, calves, and buffalos. Watch the animals roam freely in the field. Learn about how the milk is produced in the milking parlor. Meet a cheesemaker and discover the steps to make real Italian mozzarella. After the demonstration, savor a variety of products from the farm including cheeses, cold cuts, meats and other seasonal delights.

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Board Sea Cave Trip

4. Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Board Sea Cave Trip

Uncover the beauty of the coastline on this SUP paddleboard trip from Polignano a Mare. Follow your instructor past sights like the Grotta Palazzese. Enjoy an introductory course for beginners that ensures that you have the confidence to complete the trip. Meet your instructor at the activity provider's shop in Polignano a Mare. Listen to a safety briefing and complete a paddleboard tutorial before beginning your water adventure. Paddle towards the cove and rock entrances Lama Monachile, one of the most famous beaches in Italy. Stop for a swim at this stunning location before exploring the caves in the cliffs. Next, continue to other caves including Grotta Palazzese and Grotta Ardito where you can take a second dip or capture some photos of the breathtaking views. Paddle between hidden coves and sea caves, where pirates took refuge in ancient times. Cruise thorugh Grotta Azzurra and pass by Grotta Ardito and Grotta Palazzese. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

5. Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

Meet your top-rated tourist guide and the rest of the group in Piazzetta Pascoli where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sassi di Matera. In this square you can also admire Palazzo Lanfranchi, which hosts the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata and the Church of Madonna del Carmine. Start your walking tour along the streets of the ancient city, navigating down stairways and alleys that will bring you to the heart of Sasso Caveoso. Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable tour guide will reveal the secrets of this extraordinary city, awarded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993 and chosen by Passolini and Mel Gibson as a filming location for their movies. With games and stories along the way, this informative and interactive tour will captivate you and your children.  Visit the Church of San Pietro Caveoso, one of the most characteristic places in Matera, built in 1200 and modified in the 17th-century with the addition of a baroque bell tower. Enter the Rupestrian churches such as the Church of Santa Maria di Idris on the top of a big rock, or the Church of Santa Lucia alle Malve, part of an ancient monastery of Benedictine nuns built in the 8th-century. Here you can admire striking frescoes which are more than 1000 years old and perfectly preserved. After this, visit the Casa Grotta, a typical Matera house dug out of the rock, with a cellar and a stable where people lived side by side with animals like rabbits, chickens, and horses. Finish your tour in the baroque area of the city where you can admire the churches of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare. Enjoy the magnificent beauty of Sasso Barisano from the viewpoint in Piazza Vittorio Veneto in front of the wonderful Romanesque Cathedral.

Bari: Segway Tour & Gelato Tasting

6. Bari: Segway Tour & Gelato Tasting

Learn how to ride a Segway during a short training session, before heading out with your guide on a 1-hour tour of Bari’s old town. Start by visiting the main attractions of the area, such as the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of Saint Sabinus and the Swabian Castle. Continue your ride along the narrow streets of the traditional old town, where children play outdoors and neighbors stop to chat. Discover the modern part of the city, with its opera houses and luxury shopping streets. See the famous seaside fish market, the beach and the lively squares where you can enjoy a taste of local products.

Brindisi: Guided Tour to the Roman Port

7. Brindisi: Guided Tour to the Roman Port

This guided tour will start from the seafront in Brindisi where you can admire the Roman columns, a symbol of the city and the end of the Appian Way. From this position, admire the Italian Sailor Monument, a memorial to the seamen who died in all the wars. Arrive at Piazza Duomo where you will visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist with the Loggia Balsamo and Palace of the Seminary. The tour continues with a visit to the Provincial Archaeological Museum F. Ribezzo and ends at Granafei Nervegna Palace. At this point, you will be at the beginning of the Appia Road in front of the harbor view.

Bari: Pasta & Tiramisu Class at a Local's Home

8. Bari: Pasta & Tiramisu Class at a Local's Home

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Matera: Bus Tour with Audio Guide and Casa Grotta Entrance

9. Matera: Bus Tour with Audio Guide and Casa Grotta Entrance

Discover Matera from the comfort of an open-air bus. Learn more from your audio guide as you drive past sights such as the Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and Villa Comunale dell'Unita d'Italia. Stop to visit Cava Paradiso and Casa Grotta with entrance to the latter included. Board the tour bus near Castello Tramontano and set off on your journey. As you drive, learn about the sights, the history of Matera, and its people from the audio guide. Drive past the Museo di Palazzo Lanfranchi and marvel at its impeccable 17th-century architecture. Continue to the Villa Comunale dell'Unita d'Italia and take admire this historic park before you head to Sassi di Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you pass the Sassi, learn about the history of these caves which have been inhabited since the Paleolithic era. Hop out of the bus at Casa Grotta Sassi di Matera. Spend 10 minutes exploring this fascinating cave house and learn the tragic history of the people who occupied it. Rejoin your driver and continue past the rock churches of Madonna delle Virtu and San Nicola dei Greci. Continue your tour with a drive past the Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and Alvino before hopping out at the Cava Paradiso for a 20-minute stop to explore this fascinating exhibition.

Bari: City Bike Rental

10. Bari: City Bike Rental

Explore Bari and the wonderful Apulian cities as you ride from town to town on a comfortable and high-quality rental bicycle. On your rental bike that is made for most terrains, take a cruise along the seaside and witness spectacular views of the water, or, head inland and take a slow-paced trail through the green countryside. After you have received your bike you are free to create your own itinerary through the city. You can also go at your own pace! Bari is a sunny, safe and totally flat city, perfect for cycling! In addition to your comfortable and stylish bike that you will pick-up from the rental place, you will also be given a complimentary city map to help you navigate around this beautiful region. Before you set off on your adventure, be sure to ask the friendly staff at the rental place for suggestions on places to visit - they will be more than happy to help.

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This was a fantastic experience. We were with a group of four other visitors which was perfect. Our guide Daniela was brilliant and explained everything from the herd of cattle to cheese production and the components of our lunch. Would thoroughly recommend!!

Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of information about the history of Bari. Navigating our way round the tiny cobbled streets was fun and ended with a lovely gelato.

It was a beautiful day to be on the water, the only issue we had was it was not that easy to find but the tour operator stayed in touch with us until we got there.

Amazing amazing, our guide Antonio was extremely knowledgeable helpful friendly. I super recommend

Perfect explanation, we came back in the evening for meat and vegetables…