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Alberobello's Trulli: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

1. Alberobello's Trulli: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

You tour begins at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aia Piccola, found  in the heart of the city of the trulli. Trulli are traditional houses built entirely of stone without mortar or cement. Every year, thousands of tourists come to see this ancient city and its relics of rural life. Tour the historical center of the city and follow the narrow streets through the neighborhoods of Aia Piccola and Monti. Visit the ancient church of St. Anthony, the only trullo-shaped church in the world, opened to the public in June 1927. Inside of the Sovereign Trullo (housed in the museum), find decor typical to the 20th century, and discover why it was declared an Italian national monument in 1923.

San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

2. San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

The guided tour of San Giovanni Rotondo will take you to visit the places where the remains of Saint Pio from Pietralcina resided, which lived here for about 50 years. The tour itinerary will unite the most significant places, the ancient church, the new church, the monastery, and the new sanctuary. The ancient church, of the mid-1500s, has a very simple façade and inside it is composed of a single baroque style nave. At a second entrance to the convent, is the cell of Padre Pio and the crypt where the body of Padre Pio was housed it was transferred to the nearby sanctuary. The visit continues with the new church, built to accommodate in an appropriate manner the considerable flow of thousands of pilgrims that flowed ever more numerous to San Giovanni Rotondo. Here, the friar celebrated mass and confessed the faithful. After having seen the various utensils that belonged to the friar of Pietralcina inside the convent, head to the cell where the friar lived.  Your tour ends at the Sanctuary, designed by architect Renzo Piano. This is one of the largest churches in Italy, capable of holding up to 7,000 people. You will first visit the upper church, characterized by stone arches and decorations made by some of the best artists of national renown such as Arnaldo Pomodoro. Then through a helical walkway, visit the lower church and the crypt where the remains of Saint Pio rest. 

From Lecce: Ostuni, Alberobello, Polignano Tour

3. From Lecce: Ostuni, Alberobello, Polignano Tour

The first stop of the tour is Ostuni,a picturesque town to be experienced. Known as the "White City," Ostuni boasts a wonderful medieval village rich with alleys and whitewashed houses which recalls an oriental landscape. You will have free time to visit the old town center characterized by alleys, sloping stairs, courtyards, and small squares with whitewashed houses, craft shops, and typical small shops. After Ostuni reach Alberobello, crossing some charming villages located on top of the hills. The landscape is a continuous succession of ancient olive trees and trulli. Visiting beautiful Alberobello is like a journey in a timeless country. You will have free time at your disposal to explore its characteristic historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is integrally made up of Trulli, disticntive white, pyramidal structures that make it unique in the world and represent one of the most extraordinary examples of Italian folk architecture. Particularly striking are the two districts: "Rione Monti" with its local handcrafts shops and "Aia Piccola", where the most ancient Trulli and little museums are situated. After Alberobello, descending towards the Adriatic Sea, reach the beautiful Polignano a Mare, birthplace to the famous Domenico Modugno. Polignano a Mare stands on a cliff falling sheer to the sea. Explore the historic center and the remains of Roman rule. Among the latter, the bridge of the Via Traiana, still viable. Entering the historic center, through a maze of streets, alleys, and squares animated by local shops and restaurants, you find yourself on three terraces overlooking the sea to enjoy a breathtaking view.

Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

4. Lecce: Sightseeing Tour, the Florence of South Italy

Following a pick-up from Naples Gate, drive to the historic city of Lecce to admire Baroque buildings, whitewashed houses, and more. Your tour of the “Florence of Southern Italy” includes Lecce Cathedral. Originally built in 1144, and completely restored between 1659-70, the addition of a 5-story bell tower and octagonal loggia helped turn it into one of Italy’s most important cathedrals. Continue to the Church of the Theatines, dedicated to St. Irene, and marvel at the expansive façade of different styles. The portal is surmounted by a statue of St. Irene by Mauro Manieri, while the altar of St. Michael the Archangel boasts a copy of an eponymous painting by Guido Reni. Nearby is the Rococo altar of St. Andrew Avellino, and the mid-17th-century altar of St. Orontius by Francesco Antonio Zimbalo. Admire the altar of St. Irene with its canvas by Giuseppe Verrio, and the 9 busts of saints housing historic relics. See the altar of St. Stephen, containing the “Stoning of St. Stephen” by Verrio. Visit the 2nd-century BC Roman Amphitheatre near Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Once able to seat more than 25,000 people, it is now half-buried by monuments built over it throughout the centuries. Go to the column that holds a statue of Lecce’s patron saint, St. Oronzo, given to the city by Brindisi for St. Oronzo’s reputed role in curing Brindisi of the plague. Once one of a pair, it marked the end of the legendary Appian Way, the main road between Rome and southern Italy. Walking through the streets of the old town, visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre.

Santa Maria di Leuca: 2-Hour Private Tour

5. Santa Maria di Leuca: 2-Hour Private Tour

Experience a pleasant visit of Santa Maria di Leuca or, as it is commonly called, Leuca. The small town is located at the southeastern end of Italy and is important because it is symbolically located halfway between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian. During the tour, admire the large port with its majestic lighthouse over 48 meters high and among the most important in Italy. The pleasant walk will continue until you visit the Church of Cristo Re, the many 19th century villas, the Corinthian column and the Monumental waterfall, completed in 1939 where the Apulian Aqueduct ends.  Finally, you will visit the basilica/ Sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae, consecrated in 1755.

Ostuni Private Tour

6. Ostuni Private Tour

Ostuni is one of the main tourist destinations of Puglia. Referred to as the "White City", it is famous for the houses painted with white lime in the historical center. Your guided tour of Ostuni will start from Libertà square, here, you will be able to witness the grand palace of the municipality and the baroque column of Sant'Oronzo. Almost 21-meters high, the column was built in local stone by Giuseppe Greco in 1771 as an ex voto, later it was used for protection from famines and epidemics carried out by the saint. In Libertà Square you will get to visit the archaeological excavations of the ancient walls and the defensive tower before taking a stroll down Cattedrale street. Notice the abundance of local craft shops, commercial activities and typical local food produce. You will then reach the cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta built in the fifteenth century. The façade is characterized by three elegant ogival portals and a large rose window of 24 rays. Marvel at the interior, a Latin cross with three naves on columns. Following the tour you will continue along the Aragonese walls where you can admire beautiful landscape views of the Valle d'Itria until you reach the Porta Nova gate, one of the ancient gates famous in this town.

Taranto: 2 Seas Walking Tour

7. 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.

Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

8. 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.

Otranto: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

9. 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.

Otranto: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What a wonderful day! Absolutely worth the price! Very nice guide, Stefano, always on time, kind and helpful, with perfect knowledge of the area, gut humored, very pleasant companion! In altogether two days, we have been able to visit a lot of wonderful places, taste the local food and experience most of Salento region. Thank you, Stefano, for your time and for 2 beautiful days! We are happy for meeting you and maybe see you next time in Apulia again ☺️

We had a very good, very interesting tour. Lecce is a wonderful city. Our guide, Iris, has a great knowledge, made really a good job and we enjoyed it very much. She gave us further recommendations which were also very good (coffee at Alvino, ice-cream at Natale, dinner al "00", the excavations at Museo Faggiano). We can clearly recommend this to other travellers. +++++ Thank you very much.

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.

Domenico, a great guide. He knows very well the city and its history. Excellent timing and very interesting tour.

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