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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.

Otranto: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

2. Otranto: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Discover one of Italy's most beautiful towns in the company of a local guide. Located at the easternmost point on the heel of the country, Otranto has always been considered the gateway to Italy. Learn about the town's interesting past from your guide as you meander through its center. During your walking tour, admire the old churches and quaint buildings that make Otranto the picturesque place it is. See the 15th-century Aragonese castle, whose towers and walls formerly served as protection for the city, and visit the Cathedral of the Annunciation where you can admire a stunning mosaic. From time to time, you will have spectacular glimpses of the landscape where the town meets the surrounding crystal-clear sea.

Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

3. 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.

Taranto: 2 Seas Walking Tour

4. 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.

Otranto: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

5. 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.

2-Hour Bari City Tour

6. 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

7. 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.

Vico Del Gargano Tour: Quaint Old Town On The Sea

8. Vico Del Gargano Tour: Quaint Old Town On The Sea

Just 10 km from the Umbra forest, in the heart of the Gargano, stands Vico del Gargano, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. This guided tour will allow you to discover the two districts of Civita and Casale as well as the main places of interest, such as the church Matrice with its bell tower and altar dedicated to St. Valentine, the patron saint of the town. Within walking distance you will visit the churches of St. Joseph, St. Mark, and St. Mary of the Angels, as well as the convent of the Capuchins and St. Peter. The historic center still partially retains its walls which have become, in part, houses. A few steps away, you will reach a castle with a quadrangular form, probably of Norman origins. The tour continues with an external visit to Palazzo della Bella, designed according to the model of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The tour ends with a visit to the Museo Trappeto Maratea, an ancient olive oil mill from the 14th Century, carved into the rock. Inside you will visit two areas: in one there are the wooden presses for the pressing of the olives, the mill, and other useful tools for the production of oil and for agricultural work. Tn the other, you can see a tank for oil, a warehouse, and a barn.

Monopoli: Legends and Gastronomy Tour

9. 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.

Trani & Castel del Monte: Day Trip and Local Cuisine Tasting

10. Trani & Castel del Monte: Day Trip and Local Cuisine Tasting

The day trip begins at 9.30 am at Trani where you will meet the guide. Trani is located north of Bari and is easily accessible by train and car. With a comfortable transfer you will leave towards the Alta Murgia National Park, where you will reach a Masseria, a typical farmhouse of the area and here you will taste the flavors of the delicious local cuisine and you will have the opportunity to meet the welcoming locals. At the end of the tasting we will leave again in the nearby Castel del Monte for an external visit with the tour guide to discover the architecture and history of this magnificent octagonal castle, a UNESCO site. Return to Trani at 2 PM PROGRAM: 9.30 am meeting with driver and guide 10.30 am guided tour Castel del monte 12.00 pm transfer to the farmhouse for the tasting 2.00 pm return in Trani

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4.3 / 5

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Very kind operators. We found the tour canceled due to not reaching the number of people. Ready to find an alternative for two, problem solved in a very short time, we had driver, guide and entrance to Castel del Monte. Already tried in the past, Get Your Guide is confirmed as a guarantee for the tour operator circuit to refer to.

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.

Our guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable about plants ,animals and history of Matera. We all felt listened to and cared about. Pierrot has been our favorite this trip.

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

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