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Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

1. Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

Discover the most significant medieval monument in southern Italy on a 1-hour guided tour of Castel del Monte. Situated in Andria in the Puglia region, the citadel and castle is a national treasure and beauty to behold. Built on top of a hill with commanding views of the Puglia region, Castel del Monte is the most important building built by the Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen of Swabia. Explore the monument’s myths and legends, including the meaning of the number 8. After years of neglect, when the castle was stripped of its furniture and marble decorations to become a refuge for shepherds, brigands and political refugees, Castel del Monte was bought and restored by the Italian state in 1876. Almost a century later, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the perfection of its shape and harmonious union of cultural elements from northern Europe, the Islamic world, and classical antiquity. Explore the castle’s façades and interior, and learn the historical context in which it was built.

2-Hour Bari City Tour

2. 2-Hour Bari City Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Bari, the capital of Puglia famous all over the world for the preserved remains of Saint Nicholas of Myra, venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Bari is even well known outside the Christian world because his figure has given rise to the myth of Santa Claus, known in Italy as Babbo Natale. On this tour you will visit the Basilica di San Nicola, a 12th century church built to preserve the relics of Saint Nicholas of Myra. It is considered, like the Cathedral of Trani, as one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture. Here you can explore the crypt with the remains of the holy dedicated to Orthodox worship. You will also visit Bari Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Sabinus, a bishop of Canosa. It is a great example of Apulian Romanesque architecture and you also have the chance to visit the Baroque crypt. Continuing on the tour, you will see Norman-Swabian Castle, a 12th century fortress built by Roger the Norman and rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia after its partial destruction by William I of Sicily. Here you can explore the gallery of plaster casts. On this tour you will also see the Column of Justice in the Piazza Mercantile, a white marble column with a stone lion which stands crouched behind the door on the chest with the inscription “Guardian of Justice”. It has been said that insolvent debtors were tied to this column. You will also walk past the old Aragonese walls and through the historic center, and have free time to visit shops and buy local products.

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.

Trani: Private Walking Tour

4. Trani: Private Walking Tour

Join this guided tour of the beautiful town of Trani, often called the pearl of the Adriatic sea and a city known for its 19th century architecture and medieval art. The tour begins with a visit to the Swabian-Angevin-Aragonese castle built by Frederick II of Swabia on the Adriatic Sea. From the castle, the tour continues to the magnificent Cathedral of Trani, one of the most beautiful and evocative Romanesque-style cathedrals in Apulia, which stands towering over the sea. After enjoying the beauty of the cathedral, visit the medieval Jewish quarter, built in all-white stone, as well as two synagogues along the way: the Scola Nova and the Scola Grande. The tour ends with a leisurely walk along the tourist port in old town.

Bari: Simi Palace and Byzantine Church Guided Tour

5. Bari: Simi Palace and Byzantine Church Guided Tour

Discover the ruins within Palazzo Simi, one of the most important museums in Bari. Dating back to the 16th century, it hosts inside a permanent archaeological exhibition useful to get an idea of the history of the city, and of the many cultures that have distinguished it. The display of the artifacts on the ground floor will lead you till the early history. They range from a model of an original settlement to fragments of prehistoric pottery and rare examples of Italian-Mycenaean ceramics which prove the breadth of the city's commercial network in the Mediterranean. The fascinating underground itinerary will lead you to the remains of a marvelous Byzantine church dating back to the IX-X century, where the three apses, part of the altar and some fragments of a fresco can still be distinguished. In addition to the remains of the Byzantine church, in the underground you can see the remains of a Roman house discovered during the restoration work. Even deeper, there is the archaeological area accessed through the staircase running along the ancient oven of the noble palace.

Molfetta: Private Artwork on the Sea Tour

6. Molfetta: Private Artwork on the Sea Tour

Your guided tour of Molfetta will start from the symbol of the city, the cathedral of San Corrado, which is dedicated to the patron saint of the city. Built near the port in the 12th century, it is a typical Romanesque construction with the distinction of having been built with 3 domes in axes, and with two bell towers clearly visible even several kilometers away. The tour will then continue through the historic center with a visit to the 17th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. It became a cathedral in 1785, since the Cathedral of San Corrado became inadequate to the needs of worship of the increased population. Within it are the preserved remains of the patron saint Conrad of Bavaria. Portrayed in the interior of the church is a Latin cross, with a barrel vaulted ceiling that was frescoed in 1887 by the Molfolini painter Michele Romano. A short distance between the alleys of the historic center, you will reach the tower of Passari, initially a gunboat which later became a lookout tower. The tower is majestic and compact, and at the base, the walls are massive and reach a thickness of 5 meters that gradually decreases up to the cord. From here you can climb up to the summit, from which you can admire a spectacular 360-degree view. In the center there are three gunboats, which are arranged in the three directions of the horizon.

Bari: Ruvo di Puglia Tour

7. Bari: Ruvo di Puglia Tour

Begin your visit at Piazza Giovanni Bovio, in front of the Palazzo Jatta, which dates from 1840. Head inside the Jatta National Archaeological Museum to see the only 19th-century private collection in Italy that has remained unchanged since its original conception. The items were collected by the archaeologist Giovanni Jatta in the early 19th century then later enriched by his nephew and sold to the state in the 20th century. The exhibition is organized into four rooms. The first contains terracotta vases with geometric decorations dating back to the peucet age of the 7th and 6th centuries BC. The second room contains about 700 vases of Greek or local production. The third room contains over four hundred pieces and several craters positioned on a column. In the fourth and final room contains more than 270 artifacts and the vase of Talos, which is one of the most important ceramographic masterpieces. The vase depicts the episode narrated by Apollonius Rodio in the Argonautics of the killing of Talos by Medea who sustained dying from the arms of Castor and Pollux. Continue your tour to the historical center. Travel through the Aragonese tower towards Ruvo Cathedral, which is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. This is one of the most important examples of Apulian Romanesque style. Inside the cathedral visit the hypogeum, which was discovered in 1975. Outside the cathedral see the 37-meter tall bell tower. Head to the clock tower built in 1604. Finish your tour in front of the remains of the castle, with a quadrangular plan of two buildings in the center where the tower still stands. Initially, this fortress consisted only of the tower, dating back to the 10th or 11th century, from which it was possible to control the four gates of access to the city.

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We had a most interesting tour with Anna Lisa. She has a wealth of knowledge about Trani and Puglia. She looked after us very well and was completely dedicated to us throughout the tour. I would have said she was excellent. I have given the overall tour a Good grade based on it predominantly spent looking at buildings from the outside, I would have enjoyed seeing some from the inside.

Extremely interesting visit, prepared and helpful guide.