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Monopoli: Guided Walking Tour City and Food Tasting

1. Monopoli: Guided Walking Tour City and Food Tasting

Discover the beautiful and sunny town of Monopoli: the tour begins in Piazza Garibaldi and includes the visit of famous monuments such as the Basilica of the Madonna della Madia, a rupestrian settlement and the castle of Charles V, perched over the sea. Look at the beach and its endless shapes of blue of the Adriatico sea. Tour goes on walking along whitewashed medieval alleys, admiring divine baroque decorations and picturesque inlets by the sea. While taking memorable pictures, taste delicious local products. Tour goes ends with a stroll along the ancient walls and the breathtaking tiny harbour which has made the town famous all over the world.

Monopoli: Legends and Gastronomy Tour

2. Monopoli: Legends and Gastronomy Tour

You will meet the local tour guide in Largo Plebiscito, from where you will begin walking through the historic center of Monopoli, which is a maze of narrow streets that hide small art treasures. Your guide will lead you, telling you the story of the Madonna coming from the sea so loved by the inhabitants of the city. You will visit the church and its small underground, and will also learn about the legend kept in the walls of the castle. Following that, your guide will show you the best places that you can taste fish sandwiches, the best Monopoli ice-cream, the tastiest coffee, or the best restaurant for a special dinner. If you wish to taste some typical products at the conclusion of your tour, your guide will be happy to accompany you.

Walking Tour In The Wonderful Monopoli

3. Walking Tour In The Wonderful Monopoli

Monopoli is a perfect combination of old world charm and great beaches; a wonderful, typical, picturesque Apulian town, which despite it's unquestionable charm manages to retain it's traditional identity. Lots of quaint narrow streets, pretty squares, and a picturesque harbor to boot. The old town is a typical Apulian gem replete with quaint narrow streets, pretty squares, interesting houses, and a picturesque harbor. The walking tour will take you to visit the small Castle, which is set in a very picturesque square. The homes and small buildings are charming. You will walk through an arch doorway that opens to the sea with a lovely walk along the harbor. This is a very cute castle and the best part of it is its view over the blue waters of Monopoli, with its characteristic village surroundings and fishermen's port. Then, you'll see the baroque cathedral dedicated to the Madonna della Madia protector of the town, an amazing basilica. Seemingly small, it turns out to be a huge cathedral with amazing ornaments from the inside. Very elaborately decorated with gold and a variety of marble in amazing colors. The number of side altars along both sides of the main auditorium are stunning. It's hard to imagine a more fantastic townscape: narrow alleys, arches, towering spires, a fort, old stone walls, light coming in from a dozen different directions, and a crystal clear swimming beach, right outside the gates. It's a photographic dream.

Monopoli: Bike Rental Service

4. Monopoli: Bike Rental Service

Explore Monopoli and the wonderful Apulian cities as you ride from town to town on a comfortable and high-quality rental bicycle. The city as well as the surroundings are really bike-friendly. 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! Monopoli 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.

Monopoli: Guided Countryside Bike Tour

5. Monopoli: Guided Countryside Bike Tour

Discover the picturesque surroundings of Monopoli with a local guide. Tour begins visiting Monopoli’s old town with a stop by its Duomo, the Basilica Concattedrale, just before diving in the most typical Puglia countryside, surrounded by an ocean of Olive trees and dry-stone walls. Tour goes on to discover old pathways towards the rural church of Spirito Santo, this thousand-years-old church in a grotto has been in use since the IXth century and it houses some medieval frescoes. The olive trees with their twisted trunks and the fortified farmouses (masserie) are the expression of the fascinating and glamorous country life. Explore the rustic curches, the large farms and the underground olive-presses in this amazing countryside full of history. Enjoy the thousand-years old olive trees, the old dry-stones walls along the ancient paths and the wonderful atmophere of the South of Italy. Inhale the salty air of the beach along the coast and appreciate the endless shapes of this breathtaking blue. Feel the authenticity of this land and appreciate the silence of this sunny track!

Private Tour of Conversano: Discover Ancient Norba

6. Private Tour of Conversano: Discover Ancient Norba

Begin your tour by exploring a magnificent Norman castle that showcases many reception rooms where nobles would have received guests. This is also the stately wedding venue of Count Giangirolamo II Acquaviva d'Aragona. You will admire 17th century paintings by Paolo Finoglio such as, La Gerusalemme Liberata. Next, you will wander through the Convent of San Benedetto di Conversano, which is dedicated to the Saint of Norcia. The convent is overlooked by an elegant baroque bell tower and the medieval cloister offers a breathtaking view of the seven Romanesque triple-gates. Also housed in the Convent is the important archaeological section of the civic museum. Showcasing artifacts from prehistory to the Roman age: paleolithic flints and lithic tools coming from the caves of Conversano and Monopoli. Admire the Apulian Romanesque style Catherdral of Conversano, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, it has an elegant facade with a 15th century rose window. The interior preserves three naves that display beautiful motifs on the Byzantine-inspired columns. Despite the fire of 1911 that destroyed most of the works, the Cathedral still preserves a large fresco of the Pisan school, a wooden crucifix and the icon of the Madonna della Fonte, the patron saint of Conversano.

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What people are saying about Monopoli

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Valeria, our guide, was very knowledgeable and interesting. The tour covered all of the history both recent and ancient of the Old Town of Monopoli and through the “porta” to the “new” town. Valeria told us interesting little anecdotes and was very good at connecting past events with current issues. We learnt about why Italian churches were restored during the Reformation and the legend of the repair of the roof of the cathedral. She is clearly very passionate about her city and is able to convey this enthusiasm throughout her tour. We would highly recommend this tour with Valeria.

Worth every penny. Would totally recommend this to anyone interested in understanding the history and culture of Monopoli. Plenty of insight into town and country life (with the odd pear, olive and almond plucked from the trees lining the route). What a super guide Rocco was. He knew the region, knew the people and knew the history back to front.

Great experience! Our guide, Floriana, was super nice, knowledgeable and helpful! We were immediately at ease and time flew through the streets of Monopoli. Straconsiglio!

I very much enjoyed the walking tour. My guide Guissue was very knowledible and made the tour very interesting. She spoke very good English and was was very engaging

A very pleasant guided tour through the streets of the historic center.