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Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

1. Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

Your tour lasts about 1.5 hours with departure and arrival at the small port of San Vito (Abbazia di San Vito and Polignano a Mare). Included is a visit to the main caves, with a break to swim in one of the most evocative places on the Polignano's coast. You'll also be treated to a tasty Prosecco-based aperitif which will be offered by the crew. The itinerary is divided into stages and includes the visit of the main caves. These caves include Grotta Palazzese, Grotta Santa Caterina, Grotta Chiari di Luna, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Cala Paura/Grottone, Grotta Azzurra, Statua “Domenico Modugno”, and Grotta Piana, just to name a few. Each boat has a length of 6.5 meters with a capacity of 8 people for each boat. The boat has a parasol, and is equipped with ladders and floats for both adults and children.

Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

2. Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

After meeting with your skipper at the marina in Bari, hop on board your sailing cruise. Enjoy a welcome snack of local focaccia and an excellent Primitivo red wine to start your sailing adventure. Then it's time to cruise out to the high sea. Out here, you can admire the imposing lighthouse of Bari. If you're lucky, you'll spot dolphins who often come up close to the boat. If you'd like, the skipper will even give you the opportunity to temporarily maneuver the boat yourself. If sea conditions allow, take a dip in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the refreshing temperatures. Your skipper will cast anchor at the old navy of Bari where you'll be able to take another swim and take panoramic photos of the promenade. Finally, visit the historic center's ancient fish market and admire the Basilica of San Nicolas.

Bari: Matera Day Trip

3. Bari: Matera Day Trip

Your tour will begin as a comfortable minivan picks up you from Bari, at which point you will travel to Matera. Once having arrived, meet your licensed tour guide that will show you this stone city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera is one of the most evocative cities in Italy, and was actually chosen as the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Characterized by the famous caves that were inhabited up until the first half of the 900s, Matera consists of two old neighborhoods: Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso. Through these areas you will enjoy a guided walk, with views over the Murgia Materana Park. Your tour guide will show you houses and churches built in the caves, as well as the recently restored cathedral, which was edified starting from the year 1230. In the afternoon, you will travel back to Bari by minivan.

Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

4. Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

Meet your top-rated tourist guide and the rest of the group in Piazzetta Pascoli where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sassi di Matera. In this square you can also admire Palazzo Lanfranchi, which hosts the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata and the Church of Madonna del Carmine. Start your walking tour along the streets of the ancient city, navigating down stairways and alleys that will bring you to the heart of Sasso Caveoso. Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable tour guide will reveal the secrets of this extraordinary city, awarded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993 and chosen by Passolini and Mel Gibson as a filming location for their movies. With games and stories along the way, this informative and interactive tour will captivate you and your children.  Visit the Church of San Pietro Caveoso, one of the most characteristic places in Matera, built in 1200 and modified in the 17th-century with the addition of a baroque bell tower. Enter the Rupestrian churches such as the Church of Santa Maria di Idris on the top of a big rock, or the Church of Santa Lucia alle Malve, part of an ancient monastery of Benedictine nuns built in the 8th-century. Here you can admire striking frescoes which are more than 1000 years old and perfectly preserved. After this, visit the Casa Grotta, a typical Matera house dug out of the rock, with a cellar and a stable where people lived side by side with animals like rabbits, chickens, and horses. Finish your tour in the baroque area of the city where you can admire the churches of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare. Enjoy the magnificent beauty of Sasso Barisano from the viewpoint in Piazza Vittorio Veneto in front of the wonderful Romanesque Cathedral.

Apulia: Full-Day Salento Coast Caves Sail Boat Tour

5. Apulia: Full-Day Salento Coast Caves Sail Boat Tour

Spend the day at sea on this sailboat tour around Salento. Explore caves and have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in them. Enjoy lunch with an Apulian appetizer, pasta with fresh fish, and more. Have the chance to learn the basics of sailing and assisting in steering with open sails. Your sailing tour begins at 10:00 AM from the Tourist Port in Santa Maria di Leuca (Apulia). Sail to the point where the Ionian and Adriatic seas meet. Then see the natural caves along the Adriatic Coast until Marina di Novaglie. Stop at the Grotta del Lago cave and stop for some swimming and snorkeling inside. Then cruise to the Ionian Sea coast and see the Grotta del Diavolo and Grotta delle Tre Porte caves. Have another stop here to go inside and snorkel. During this stop, lunch will be offered. For lunch enjoy a typical Apulian appetizer, spaghetti with fresh fish, fresh fruit, espresso, coffee, water, and white wine. Your last stop will be in San Gregorio. Enjoy a last swim in crystal clear water here before heading back. Arrive back at port at about 6:00 PM.

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

6. 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

From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

7. From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

Enjoy the historic port town of Trani and UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte in one day. Explore 2 of Puglia's most alluring sights with a convenient transfer from Matera via a comfortable minivan. Tuck into an Apulian lunch at a local farmhouse. Meet your driver in the center of Matera and leave for imperial Apulia. After an hour-long drive, arrive in Trani, the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Catch beautiful views over the Adriatic Sea and the Italian coast. Be led by your local tour guide to Trani Castle and the seafront Cathedral. Visit the ancient Jewish quarter with its Synagogues and a maze of small alleyways. After the walking tour, hop on board the minivan to continue to a typical farmhouse in the Alta Murgia National Park. Taste the Apulian cuisine during a delicious light lunch. In the afternoon, reach the UNESCO site of Castel del Monte. Admire enchanting views from over 500 meters. Observe the beautiful park that surrounds you from above. On clear days, you can see the sea and the Gargano, a spectacle of nature. Learn about this emblematic octagonal castle, designed by Emperor Frederick II. Walk through the rooms inside the castle and discover the many mysteries and secrets that lie within its walls. Conclude the tour with a return transfer to Matera.

Matera: Walking Guided Tour of Sasso Caveoso

8. Matera: Walking Guided Tour of Sasso Caveoso

Begin in Piazza Pascoli with a picturesque view over the Sasso Caveoso area, the Murgia plateau, and the massive karst fracture called "Gravina di Matera". Get a historic-architectural introduction to the Sassi before entering the Sasso Caveoso area. Visit a traditionally furnished cave-house, proof of how the poor citizens lived until the mid-fifties, before the De Gasperi Restoration act of 1953. Continue with the visit of a Rock-hewn Church completely carved in the rock, that holds precious iconographic traces of the X-XIII centuries Greek-Italian monasticism. Enter the “Bottegaccio”, an artisan workshop of ceramic and paper-mache, where the craftsman will tell you the story of 4 traditional Matera objects. After traveling in time and space, from the Paleolithic to the present day, end the tour with a small tasting of traditional southern food.

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A very interesting guide with a very good level of English who will explain the history of the city to you with passion and answer your questions with precision and barely hidden enthusiasm. She will take you through the typical streets of Matera on a 2-hour guided tour. It should be noted, however, that visits to buildings are chargeable and not included in the reservation.

I really enjoyed this tour, it was really very nice to see the caves and there is also the possibility to swim near the Palazzese cave. The very nice driver! Attention, you get wet !!!!

Umberto and his girlfriend were great, super The only thing is the directions to the meeting point we’re not crear, it should say Bari port, Vitoria port! Other than that amazing!!!!!!

Good visit of the caves in a wonderful environment in a small group, nice swimming break, to do absolutely, thanks to our captain Vito.

Definitely a nice experience to do for those who go to Polignano a Mare