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Our most recommended Apulia Seasonal & Holiday Activities

Polignano a Mare: Boat Trip, Swim & Cave with Aperitif

1. Polignano a Mare: Boat Trip, Swim & Cave with Aperitif

Experience a wonderful day at sea on a guided boat trip departing from Polignano a Mare. Visit the coast, coves, and sea caves, take a refreshing dip in the ocean and savor a small aperitif. Choose from a shared or private option based on whether you prefer privacy or the chance to meet others. As you hop on board, be greeted by the staff, who will provide you with towels, snorkeling equipment, and personalized glasses. Discover the magnificent coast of Polignano and see the statue dedicated to Domenico Modugno. Next, make your way to the beautiful bay of Lama Monachile. Explore the Palazzese Grotto and see the Island of the Hermit (San Paolo Island), before taking a dip in the pristine waters of Apulia. After a refreshing swim, toast with a complimentary prosecco and Apulian taralli on the way back to Polignano a Mare.

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.

Matera: Rock Churches Park Walking Tour

3. Matera: Rock Churches Park Walking Tour

Venture to the ancient Sassi of Matera and visit two rock churches on a two-hour guided walking tour.  Meet your guide and driver in the central square of Matera and head out to the Park of the Murgia Materana. As your guide explains the history of this timeless place, walk through the enchanting natural landscape and admire the ravines, vegetation, and once-inhabited cave dwellings.  Explore 2 of the Sassi area’s 155 rock churches: the crypt of San Falcione, with a beautiful fresco representing "the presentation of Jesus in the temple," and Our Lady of the Three Doors, with frescoes from the 12th and 17th centuries.  At sunset, experience a panorama of the city of Matera — an unforgettable experience. Your guide will then drive you back to the center of Matera.

Castro: 2-Hour Private Tour (Puglia) w/Great View of the Sea

4. Castro: 2-Hour Private Tour (Puglia) w/Great View of the Sea

The guided tour of Castro will begin with a visit of the Mother Church dedicated to the Madonna of the Annunciation. The church was erected on a Greek temple. Of Romanesque design, the interior is characterized by a high altar in Baroque style and numerous paintings such as the Madonna of the Annunciation, protector of the village. Following the tour, you will continue in the narrow streets of the historic center until you get a suggestive view of the sea and its Aragonese castle built on the remains of the oldest Byzantine fortress.  The castle has a rectangular plan with four corner towers. Entering, there will be a courtyard formerly used to store agricultural products that were marketed, and a large scale, now disappeared, with which you accessed the upper floors. In the courtyard, you'll also find the doors of the rooms on the ground floor. Inside, visit the Antonio Lazzari Civic Museum with its permanent archaeological exhibition "Castrum Minervae: between Greeks and Messapi," which will allow you to admire the numerous and various finds from recent excavation campaigns in the area of the historic center.

Bari: 2-Hour Private Magic Christmas Tour

5. Bari: 2-Hour Private Magic Christmas Tour

Christmastime brings magic to the small Italian city of Bari. Experience the atmospheric downtown area on a 2-hour private guided tour exclusive to the Christmas season.   Together with your professional guide, you’ll visit some of the most beautifully decorated places in the city. You’re sure to feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere of the streets.   What is the story behind the Christmas tree? Who was the first to decorate one? What magical things happen during the Christmas period? Learn all this and more, including miraculous legends about Bari on this tour. Visit the old-fashioned Christmas Market and learn what makes it so popular. Taste local Christmas products and fill your heart with joy as you experience the magic of Christmastime in Bari.

Alberobello: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

6. Alberobello: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

Get into the holiday spirit on this guided walking tour in the picturesque town of Alberobello. Together with a professional local guide, visit the most beautifully decorated places and learn local Christmas stories and legends. This special time of year brings magic to Alberobello. Visit the local Christmas market that’s guaranteed to make you feel festive and cozy. Shop and taste local Christmas products and more. Prepare to be spellbound by the charming Christmas atmosphere within the intimate streets, something you can only experience this time of year in Alberobello.

Polignano: Magical Christmas Tour

7. Polignano: Magical Christmas Tour

Soak in the Christmas spirit by taking a walking tour through the beautiful and festive Polignano. Discover a wide variety of traditions and customs when the city is filled with colors and traditional Christmas offerings. Wander through the streets draped in Christmas lights, and feel spellbound by the magical atmosphere during the festive time.Learn about the history of the Christmas tree and the first person who decorated it. Hear interesting the stories of the Christmas spells, and the Christmas legends of the city.  Visit a cozy Christmas village and see a beautifully lit Great Christmas tree. At the village markets, savor some of the most renowned local products of the city. Fill your heart with joy and experience the magic of Polignano. 

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What people are saying about Apulia

The boat trip was excellent, we enjoyed it so much. We had a friendly and talkative guide, to sum up: recommended boat tour. The pick up point is 10 min by car from Polignano, but be aware in case you are not travelling by rented car, you have to walk 40 min or take a taxi, which is better to reserve priorly.

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!!!!!!

Beautiful experience. I recommend anyone in the area to have this experience. Beautiful tour, exceptional staff and unforgettable experience.

Fantastic !! good and beautiful attraction with very funny guide and crazy (in a good way) captain!

Absolutely to do, the spectacle of the caves is truly remarkable