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Sassi di Matera Walking Tour

1. Sassi di Matera Walking Tour

This exciting tour begins at the Piazzetta Pascoli with a breathtaking view over the stunning Sassi di Matera and highland plateau of the Murgia. From here, you can see the Palazzo Lanfranchi, home to the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata, and the nearby Church of the Carmine. Continue the tour through the heart of the ancient dwellings of Sassi, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partly built and partly carved out of the rock themselves and furnished as it used to be during the peasant civilization. Visit the church of Saint Lucy of the Malve and admire some striking frescoes and elaborate architecture before continuing the tour towards the ancient Gravina to the museum of farm history, with typical peasant dwellings, as well as artifacts and tools from the ancient peasant life. You'll also get to visit a typical cave house from around 1900, and pass the cave church of Saint Lucia delle Malve. Before the day's end, return to the center of town for a stroll around the town's Baroque area and admire some stunning churches of this style, including Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi. End the fascinating tour at a look-out point over the Sasso Barisano in front of the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral.

Taranto: 2 Seas Walking Tour

2. Taranto: 2 Seas Walking Tour

Get to know one of the most interesting towns in Magna Graecia as well as one of the most important town in Italy thanks to the Navy which has the maritime arsenal, its monuments, and the MarTa Archaeological Museum. The guided tour starts from Piazza Castello square, the center of the major monuments of interest. Visit the ruins of the Doric Temple of Poseidon dating back to the 6th century with 2 Doric columns that bear witness to the ancient Magno-Greek temple. Continue with a visit to the Aragonese castle of which the first tower was built by the Byzantines in the 11th-century. Cross the revolving bridge, a symbol of Taranto which connects the island of Borgo Antico with the peninsula of Borgo Nuovo. About 90 meters long, it was inaugurated in 1887 and overlooks a large navigable canal that unites the 2 seas: the Mar Grande and the Mar Piccolo. Conclude the tour with a visit to the Cathedral of San Cataldo, probably the oldest in Puglia, built by the Byzantines in the latter half of the 10th century, although remodeled with a Baroque façade in the mid-1700s.

Lecce: 2-Hour Guided Tour

3. Lecce: 2-Hour Guided Tour

Meet your friendly guide at Porta Napoli, the arch of Triumph which marks the entrance to the historic city center. After a short meet and greet with your friendly and informative guide, set-off on your 2-hour sightseeing tour and get acquainted with the city of Lecce. Follow your guide from the heart of the city to the baroque Cathedral. On your tour, discover the Roman Amphitheater built between the 1st and 2nd-centuries BC, which in the past could hold about 25,000 spectators. At the end of your tour, you will stop under the column of the Patron of the city, Sant' Oronzo, who would rid the city of the plague. Throughout the course of your tour, visit many of the city's most culturally and historically significant landmarks and learn about Lecce through your knowledgeable guide.

Otranto: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

4. Otranto: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Described as the “Gateway to the East” and the most Oriental of all Italy’s cities, Otranto was founded by Greeks from Crete thousands of years ago. Explore this fascinating history on a 2-hour walking tour of all its main sights. Discover the Norman cathedral, consecrated in 1088 and still the largest Romanesque building in Apulia. Admire the mosaic floor, formed of thousands of pieces of stone that depict scenes from the Old Testament and figures from Breton legends. Admire columns that are said to have come from a Temple of Minerva, and the bones and relics of the Martyrs of Otranto, who perished in the 15th-century siege of the city. Marvel at the 42 marble columns that support the crypt, and more. Continue to the Church of St. Peter and the Aragonese Castle, reinforced by Emperor Frederick II and rebuilt by Alphonso II of Naples in 1485-1498. Look at the irregular plan of 5 sides, with a moat that runs along the entire perimeter. Enjoy the panoramic views out to sea. If the weather is good you can see all the way across the Adriatic to Greece and Albania.

Metaponto: 3-Hour Guided Archeological Site Tour

5. Metaponto: 3-Hour Guided Archeological Site Tour

Your tour begins with a visit to the National Archeological Museum of Metaponto, where you will discover the history of the city. From there you will visit the Archeological Park of Apollonio Licio with its urban sanctuary which is part of both the Agorà and the main North-South Axis (Plateia). Following that you will move to the Tavole Palatine, the Doric temple built by Acheans in 630 B.C. The temple was also called the “school of Phytagoras”, in memory of both the great philosopher and his school.   Your tour will later end with the archeological site of Pantanello. This area has acquired a great anthropological value after an excavation campaign carried out by the University of Texas in 1974. During the archeological excavations, an incredible variety of remains were found in a state of exceptional conservation.

Brindisi: Guided Tour to the Roman Port

6. 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.

Matera: 2-Hour Architecture and Landscape Private Tour

7. Matera: 2-Hour Architecture and Landscape Private Tour

Learn about the ancient architecture carved into caves on this guided tour. 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 center of the city. Next, you’ll continue along a panoramic road composed 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. Afterward, you’ll move on to visit a typical Matera cave-house. Then you will continue along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia "Pert P’stèl" to conclude your cultural adventure.

Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

8. Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

The discovery of Lecce starts from the beginning, pre-Roman and Roman, to the great period of the Baroque. Take a walk to the historic center that will take you to discover the wonders of Lecce, one of the most beautiful cities of southern Italy. The route starts from Porta Napoli to Piazza Duomo, Cathedral, Bell Tower, and Bishop's Seminar, the baroque heart of Lecce. Continue walking to the Church of St. Irene, Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where you can see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, the church of San Marco and the Sedile. Walking through the streets of the old town, you will visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre, other important particulars of the story of Lecce. During the tour, you will taste a typical pasticciotto, a cake made with pastry and cream. The tour ends at the Basilica of Santa Croce, a jewel of Lecce Baroque and Celestine Convent.

Bari: Alleys of the Ancient Village Exploration Tour

9. Bari: Alleys of the Ancient Village Exploration Tour

Discover the highlights of Bari. Walk through the most famous squares until you reach the Cattedrale di San Sabino. Follow your expert guide and let yourself be amazed by the city's lesser told stories. Learn about the history and architecture of the Basilica di San Nicola. Relive the history and discover the devotion that links the people of Bari to their Patron Saint. Meet in front of the archaeological site of Piazza del Ferrarese to begin the tour of Bari's most emblematic places. Start from this square, known in the past as Piazzetta d'Armi, and then continue to other important spots of the city, such as Piazza Mercantile, the old gateway to the ancient village of Bari, or to the so-called Bari Vecchia. Walk through the narrow alleys of the old town until reaching the Cattedrale di San Sabino, the oldest church in Bari. Here, admire its beautiful white façade and discover all its secrets together with your guide. The next stop will be the marvelous Basilica di San Nicola. Hear about the architecture and the compelling story connecting it to the most beloved Saint in Bari.

Bari: Simi Palace and Byzantine Church Guided Tour

10. 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.

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4.4 / 5

based on 15 reviews

A very interesting tour. With the E-Trottint you hardly feel the heat in the streets. I got a pretty good impression of Lecce. Anna the guide told the stories very interestingly and vividly. This tour is a must.

The guided tour of Matera-Sassi was very informative. Thanks to Monica's very lively stories, we were able to imagine life in Matera very well. Many thanks again to Monica. We can highly recommend this tour.

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., not so hot anymore and expert guide. It was very interesting.

Very good know-how about the history and exciting stories. The time just flew by.

Fascinating unique town. So much to see. Very helpful and pleasant guide