Things to do in Monopoli

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Walking Tour In The Wonderful Monopoli

1. 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.

Monopoli: Legends and Gastronomy Tour

2. 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.

Private Tour of Conversano: Discover Ancient Norba

3. Private Tour of Conversano: Discover Ancient Norba

Begin your tour by exploring a magnificent Norman castle that showcases many reception rooms where nobles would have received guests. This is also the stately wedding venue of Count Giangirolamo II Acquaviva d'Aragona. You will admire 17th century paintings by Paolo Finoglio such as, La Gerusalemme Liberata. Next, you will wander through the Convent of San Benedetto di Conversano, which is dedicated to the Saint of Norcia. The convent is overlooked by an elegant baroque bell tower and the medieval cloister offers a breathtaking view of the seven Romanesque triple-gates. Also housed in the Convent is the important archaeological section of the civic museum. Showcasing artifacts from prehistory to the Roman age: paleolithic flints and lithic tools coming from the caves of Conversano and Monopoli. Admire the Apulian Romanesque style Catherdral of Conversano, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, it has an elegant facade with a 15th century rose window. The interior preserves three naves that display beautiful motifs on the Byzantine-inspired columns. Despite the fire of 1911 that destroyed most of the works, the Cathedral still preserves a large fresco of the Pisan school, a wooden crucifix and the icon of the Madonna della Fonte, the patron saint of Conversano.

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What people are saying about Monopoli

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Great experience! Our guide, Floriana, was super nice, knowledgeable and helpful! We were immediately at ease and time flew through the streets of Monopoli. Straconsiglio!

Competent, punctual, welcoming guide (Floriana) who accompanied us for a couple of hours of authentic tourism, to discover a wonderful Puglia.

A very pleasant guided tour through the streets of the historic center.

Interesting tour and very professional and friendly guide