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From Matera: Sassi di Matera Tour with Entry to Cave Houses

1. From Matera: Sassi di Matera Tour with Entry to Cave Houses

Embark on a day out in Sassi and explore the ancient neighbourhoods with a live guide. See a series of grottoes carved out of limestone and marvel at the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso. Your tour will begin at the meeting point in Via Alessandro Volta. From here, your expert guide will lead you to the Church of San Francesco, situated in the historic centre of the city. Next, you’ll continue along a panoramic road comprised of narrow streets and winding alleys. After arriving at the Rupestre Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside: a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city. Afterwards, you’ll move on to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia "Pert P’stèl" to conclude your cultural adventure.

Polignano a Mare: Speedboat Cruise to Caves with Aperitif

2. Polignano a Mare: Speedboat Cruise to Caves with Aperitif

Embark on a relaxing cruise along the coast of Polignano a Mare. Sail on a 6.5-meter speedboat to some of the best caves in the area and choose between a private and a group experience. Meet the local skipper and crew in the Cala Ponte Marina and set sail for the caves. Admire these natural features only accessible by boat. Cruise past 11 km of coastline and take in views of the city from a unique perspective. During the cruise, stop at the best places for swimming and dive straight into the crystal-clear water. Alternatively, stay dry on the boat and soak up the sun rays or enjoy a traditional Italian aperitif on board. At the end of your experience, return to the Carla Ponte Marina

Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour with Aperitif

3. 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.

Polignano a Mare: Boat Cruise to Scenic Caves with Prosecco

4. Polignano a Mare: Boat Cruise to Scenic Caves with Prosecco

Discover the most hidden secrets along the Polignano a Mare coast with this elegant, exclusive and thrilling cruise! Admire the city from the water and discover these natural wonders accessible only by sea: most of the breathtaking caves are not easily accessible from the beaches and only a boat excursion will allow you to see its famous caves up close. Grotta Palazzese, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Ardito and the Caves of the Lovers are just some of the famous caves you'll discover on this tour. Meet the skipper and crew at the beautiful private Cala Ponte Marina in Polignano a Mare, an authentic gem on the Apulian Adriatic coast and sail along the 12 km of coast. Stop at the most scenic spots to swim, immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters, or relax on the boat while sunbathing. If you wish, enjoy a traditional Italian aperitif on board. Experience an unforgettable adventure and admire the caves and the city from a unique perspective.

Bari: Pasta Experience Walking Tour

5. Bari: Pasta Experience Walking Tour

Begin your cultural adventure by visiting the main attractions of the old town. Stop and discover the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the exterior of the millenary Swabian Castle.  Continue your tour riding along the authentic narrow streets of the old town where ladies still make pasta by hand, kids play outdoor and people cook in every corner. End the walking section of the tour at Signora Maria’s House. Here you will learn how to make orecchiette, a delicious type of local homemade pasta, and find out the secrets of its traditional recipe. While drinking Primitivo red wine, cook and taste your own homemade pasta and feel like a real local. Finish your wonderful day by tasting some fantastic local ice cream!

Sassi of Matera: Eco-Bus Open Top Tour

6. Sassi of Matera: Eco-Bus Open Top Tour

With the sightseeing bus you can reach the heart of the famous Sassi districts in total comfort. Crossing the most beautiful panoramic street of Sassi, via Madonna delle Virtù, you will discover a breathtaking location. As you move deeper into the ancient districts, the incredible landscape of Murgia Materana and its canyon will appear on the opposite side. The tour includes a stop in the main square of Sasso Caveoso, during which you will walk through the alleyways of Sassi and visit an ancient furnished cave dwelling, to better understand how was the life of peasants within it. The bus tour is not just a transfer. On board there will be a tour leader who will point out the sights along the way and will talk about the history and traditions of this beautiful city, satisfying your curiosity.

Alberobello: 2-Hour Guided Trulli Tour

7. Alberobello: 2-Hour Guided Trulli Tour

After meeting your guide, set out for a sightseeing Alberobello tour. Follow your guide into the historical center of Rione Monti, which boasts over 1,000 iconic Trulli buildings. Marvel at the unique architecture of these fascinating buildings while learning about their history and significance. Continue the tour with a visit to Rione Aia Piccola, an area that best represents the ancient medieval village where you can stop at the viewpoint to take some beautiful pictures. Your journey ends at the city's highest point, where the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua is located. Notice the similarities between the church and the Trulli buildings and soak up the historical atmosphere of the site as you listen to your guide's tales and anecdotes.

Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

8. Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

The tour starts with a visit to the majestic Santa Croce Church, the jewel in the crown of Lecce’s Baroque architecture. From here, explore the nearby Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the former market square where you can find the Old Town Hall, the Roman Column, and the remains of a huge Roman amphitheater. Continue the tour with a walk through the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which boasts a stunning Baroque palazzi and the recently restored Sant’Irene Church. Arrive at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo next, one of the most critically praised buildings in Italy. See the Archbishop’s Residence, the Seminary, the Bell Tower, and the cathedral. Finally, visit the underground Jewish Museum and discover the town’s fascinating Jewish history.

Matera: Sassi Tour with Entry to Rock Houses and Churches

9. Matera: Sassi Tour with Entry to Rock Houses and Churches

Historic Center and Sassi TourIt consists of a walking tour from the main square of the historic centre, Piazza Vittorio Veneto (starting point, arch-shaped fountain reference), with a panoramic view of the Sasso Barisano.Continue through the historic center until you reach Piazza Duomo where it will be possible to view the Cathedral from the outside and then enter the Sasso Caveoso. From here there will be a visit to the furnished house of peasant civilization, a frescoed rock church, a visit to the barbaric cemetery and the various neighborhoods.Everything will be explained by an authorized guide, which will allow you to understand the history of the city.The tour will end in Piazza Giovanni Pascoli in the historic center, close to the Sasso Caveoso.

Polignano a Mare: Caves and Grottos Tour by Boat with Spritz

10. Polignano a Mare: Caves and Grottos Tour by Boat with Spritz

The only way to visit the caves of Polignano a Mare is a boat trip, admire tall cliffs, caves and the profile of the old town centres with the domes of the churches. We leave every day, all year long, according to sea weather conditions. Explore the many grottos that have been created by the sea over millennia, spending two hours of relax and fun. During the tour we will be able to stop for swimming.

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Annalisa was a fabulous tour guide. Having a tour guide whose own grandparents experienced the Sassi was really eye opening. She was extremely engaging and shared with us so much history about Matera. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to learn more about this magical city.

Francesca Romana was able to make the visit of the Norman Swabian Castle very interesting. I will recommend it to my friends, relatives and acquaintances. I will definitely participate in other guided tours offered by BariTours!

Our guide (Milena) did a fantastic job in our walking tour of Alberobello. She helped bring the history of Alberobello and the trulli buildings to life! We highly recommend Milena as your guide for this area!

Responsive guide. Angela had great English and was even great with my energetic young boys. Would highly recommend.

Teresa , our guide, was excellent! Funny and knowledgeable and we really enjoyed our bike ride.