Things to do in Apulia

Our most recommended things to do in Apulia

Matera: Guided Tour of Sassi di Matera

1. Matera: Guided Tour of Sassi di Matera

Embark on a day out in Sassi and explore the ancient neighbourhoods with a live guide. See a series of grottoes carved out of limestone and marvel at the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso. Your tour will begin at the meeting point in Via Alessandro Volta. From here, your expert guide will lead you to the Church of San Francesco, situated in the historic centre of the city. Next, you’ll continue along a panoramic road comprised of narrow streets and winding alleys. After arriving at the Rupestre Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside: a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city. Afterwards, you’ll move on to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia "Pert P’stèl" to conclude your cultural adventure.

Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour with Aperitif

2. Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour with Aperitif

Set sail along a stretch of the Adriatic Sea from Polignano a Mare to admire the coastal caves by sea. Stop to peek into sea grottoes like Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Piana, Cala Paura, and more. Take a dip in hidden coves with the floatation devices provided and enjoy an aperitif onboard. Explore the many caves that dot the coast of Polignano a Mare on a relaxing boat tour. Enjoy an aperitif, make frequent stops to swim in the crystal-clear waters, and soak up the dramatic views of the coast. Set sail from the small port of San Vito and begin your tour of the main caves, including Grotta Palazzese, Grotta Santa Caterina, Grotta Chiari di Luna, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Cala Paura/Grottone, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Piana, and more. Stop for a swimming break in one of the most beautiful places on Polignano's coast and indulge in a delicious Prosecco-based aperitif during the cruise. Soak up the sunshine on deck or relax under a parasol. Take advantage of the ladders and floats for both adults and children. At the end of the tour, return to the departure point.

Alberobello: 2-Hour Guided Trulli Tour

3. Alberobello: 2-Hour Guided Trulli Tour

After meeting your guide, set out for a sightseeing Alberobello tour. Follow your guide into the historical center of Rione Monti, which boasts over 1,000 iconic Trulli buildings. Marvel at the unique architecture of these fascinating buildings while learning about their history and significance. Continue the tour with a visit to Rione Aia Piccola, an area that best represents the ancient medieval village where you can stop at the viewpoint to take some beautiful pictures. Your journey ends at the city's highest point, where the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua is located. Notice the similarities between the church and the Trulli buildings and soak up the historical atmosphere of the site as you listen to your guide's tales and anecdotes.

Matera: Sassi di Matera Guided Tour

4. Matera: Sassi di Matera Guided Tour

Meet your guide at Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Matera. From here, your expert guide will introduce you to the districts of Sassi. From the square, head to the heart of the historical center, where you will find the wonderful Apulian-Romanesque Church of San Giovanni Battista. Continue with a visit to Casa Cava, a hypogeum used in ancient times as a quarry, today turned into a convention center, thanks to outstanding restoration work. Stop at Sasso Barisano, to visit the rock church of Sant'Antonio Abate where you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside, a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city.  Move on to Sasso Caveoso to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia. Make a short stop at Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and stroll down one of the main streets of Sassi, Via Bruno Buozzi, to reach the second rock church of Madonna delle Grazie. Continue to the Baroque Church of Purgatorio. Next stop will be Piazza San Francesco d’ Assisi where you will visit the church dedicated to the Saint and from there you will move to Piazza del Sedile, Parliament's headquarters during the domination of the Kingdom of Naples. Finish your tour with a visit to the magnificent Apulian-Romanesque Cathedral, overlooking the highest part of the city.

Matera: Guided Walking Tour

5. Matera: Guided Walking Tour

You will meet a local tour guide in the main square, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, where you'll begin your walking tour admiring the landscape of the historic center from unique viewpoints. Then the tour will lead you through the historic center, covering topics of Matera history on the way. Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been chosen as the 2019 European Capital of Culture, an important acknowledgment for its history and beauty which has been carved in stone.  Walking among the "Sassi" (the ancient neighborhoods of Sasso Barisano e Sasso Caveoso), you will discover the cave houses and churches carved in the rock, as well as the newly restored Cathedral. From the Cathedral which is built on a high point of the hill, you will enjoy enchanting views over the historic center and of Murgia Materana Park, an area characterized by hills and Mediterranean vegetation.  Over the course of 2 hours, you will be completely immersed in a magical unique land, seeing all of the major sights of Matera.

Matera: Panoramic Tuk-Tuk Tour

6. Matera: Panoramic Tuk-Tuk Tour

Enter the streets of Matera through this special tour. You'll be guided comfortably through the most beautiful parts of the city, with your local guide explaining the beauties that you will see along the way. You'll first visit the Purgatory Church, which boasts a wonderful Baroque Facade. Following that, you will reach the Romanesque cathedral which sits in the main square of Piazza Vittorio Veneto. After the cathedral, it will be time to begin your descent down to Sassi. Your tour includes stops to some of the most picturesque areas, from where you will be free to take beautiful pictures of both Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso.

Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

7. Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

Polignano a Mare is the ideal place to plunge into uncontaminated waters and immerse yourself in the marine environment. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, this small town is just over 30 km (18.5 miles) from Bari. After a brief practical lesson, get ready to begin paddling along the coast. Enjoy the scenic coastline as you explore in a stand-up paddleboard. Discover one of Puglia's most beautiful coastal stretches, peppered with hidden inlets and charming sandy bays. Crystal clear waters and cliffs pitted with caves carved by the sea give Polignano a Mare its uniqueness. Do not miss the opportunity for a dip in these spectacular turquoise waters.

Alberobello: History Walking Tour with Olive Oil Tasting

8. Alberobello: History Walking Tour with Olive Oil Tasting

The tour will start with a beautiful view from the Belvedere terrace, introducing the interesting history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your visit of the two districts Aia Piccola and Rione Monti, where you can admire the typical houses with their unique architecture. Walking among "trulli" and little alleys, you'll reach the trullo-shaped Church of San Antonio. Finish off the tour with a visit to a local's home, where you will get the chance to taste typical products, such as extra virgin olive oil.

Bari Walking Street Food Tour

9. Bari Walking Street Food Tour

Your tour begins with visiting the main attractions of the old town. These include the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle. Stop several times for tastings. In a panificio (bakery) learn how focaccia barese is made and taste a slice of this delicious fresh Italian bread. Visit a salumeria (delicatessen) to find out about different kinds of cheeses and salami while drinking a glass of wine. In one particular traditional corner of the town, discover fried street food with the strong flavors of sgagliozze and panzerotti. In a gelateria, enjoy real home-made ice cream choosing your favorite one from a fantastic selection.  The tour finishes by discovering the modern French part of the city. Here, by the famous sea-side, are beautiful opera theaters and luxury shopping streets to explore. 

Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

10. 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.

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Michael gave us a thorough information about the places in the shrine we visited. With trivia as well as he has personal knowledge of the place, people and Padre Pio. I enjoyed it and it intensified my devotion to the beloved St. Padre Pio. I had goosebump moments several times and tear eyed when I visited the old church where the saint celebrated masses and the crypt. It was well with the time and expense. Highly spiritual experience indeed!

Great tour with a fantastic guide ( valeria). Interesting sights and commentary. Food was lovely including Bari street food ( fried polenta with salt) and the best gelato in Bari. Highly recommend. Our 13 year old daughter liked it too. We also booked the pasta making tour but it was very similar so cancelled within 24 hours with no quibble - great service!

This was a fantastic experience. We were with a group of four other visitors which was perfect. Our guide Daniela was brilliant and explained everything from the herd of cattle to cheese production and the components of our lunch. Would thoroughly recommend!!

Maria Teresa was our supurb guide through the 2 neighbourhoods of Matera. She was knowledgable, patient, kind and totally worth the drive to Matera. A++

It was amazing, well worth it, our guide was super knowledgeable and extremely pleasant answering every of the 10000 questions we had