Apulia Culture & history

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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.

Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

2. Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

The tour starts with a visit to the majestic Santa Croce Church, the jewel in the crown of Lecce’s Baroque architecture. From here, explore the nearby Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the former market square where you can find the Old Town Hall, the Roman Column, and the remains of a huge Roman amphitheater. Continue the tour with a walk through the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which boasts a stunning Baroque palazzi and the recently restored Sant’Irene Church. Arrive at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo next, one of the most critically praised buildings in Italy. See the Archbishop’s Residence, the Seminary, the Bell Tower, and the cathedral. Finally, visit the underground Jewish Museum and discover the town’s fascinating Jewish history.

Lecce: Private Walking Food Tour

3. Lecce: Private Walking Food Tour

Embark on an exciting private tour through the city of Lecce, famous for its Baroque art and culinary specialties. Meet your local tour guide in the main square and start off by discovering the ruins of an ancient Roman theater right in the middle of the city. Then, stroll through the historic city center, taking in its refined and elegant atmosphere. Admire the local architecture, a unique style called barocco lecesse. This refers to the local stone carvings that decorate the façades of private buildings, churches, and balconies, as opposed to traditional Italian gold motifs. Throughout your walk, stop for tastings of local culinary specialties: rustico leccese (savory stuffed pastry), puccia (stuffed flatbread), pasticciotto (custard-filled puff pastry), and leccese coffee.

Lecce: City Highlights Biking Tour with Food Tasting

4. Lecce: City Highlights Biking Tour with Food Tasting

Discover the top sights of Lecce by bike on this guided tour. Peddle through the Old Town's characteristic narrow streets as you pass by vestiges of imperial Rome and baroque churches. Savor authentic local flavors during a tasting experience.  Meet your guide at the activity provider's shop and get fitted with a bike. Set off through the streets on a biking adventure through the sights of the historical center. Cruise thorugh the majestic Piazza del Duomo, one of the most peculiar squares in southern Italy. Ride to the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, and continue to the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which is a stunning example of the artistic development of Lecce Baroque. Ends with a stroll through Piazza Sant'Oronzo where a you can view the Roman Amphitheater. Try local products like homemade ice cream or sausages and cheese. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

5. Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

The discovery of Lecce starts from the beginning, pre-Roman and Roman, to the great period of the Baroque. Take a walk to the historic center that will take you to discover the wonders of Lecce, one of the most beautiful cities of southern Italy. The route starts from Porta Napoli to Piazza Duomo, Cathedral, Bell Tower, and Bishop's Seminar, the baroque heart of Lecce. Continue walking to the Church of St. Irene, Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where you can see the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, the church of San Marco and the Sedile. Walking through the streets of the old town, you will visit the Church of Santa Chiara and Roman Theatre, other important particulars of the story of Lecce. During the tour, you will taste a typical pasticciotto, a cake made with pastry and cream. The tour ends at the Basilica of Santa Croce, a jewel of Lecce Baroque and Celestine Convent.

Andria: Castel Del Monte 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

6. Andria: Castel Del Monte 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

Go on a journey through the history of Puglia on a 1.5-hour guided tour of Castel del Monte in the hills of Andria and discover a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide at the castle entrance, 36 miles (60 kilometers) from Bari. Explore the castle grounds and walk around the outside of the mountain fortress while your guide describes its history. It was first recorded as the Castellum Del Monte in 1223, and built by the humanist Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Frederick imbued the castle with symbolic significance, defined by the laws of math and astronomy. Soaring 1,770 feet (540 meters) above sea level, in the heart of the Alta Murgia National Park, you will get panoramic views of the surrounding area, from the Gargano promontory up to the ancient province of Lucania. Discover impressive structural elements that follow the repetition of the number 8, from the castle’s basic octagonal shape, to the 8 trapezoid rooms, 8 towers, and 44 steps of the spiral stairs. Admire the harmonious blend of Romanesque and Gothic influences, together with important contributions from Islamic art.

Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

7. 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.

Bari: Norman-Swabian Castle Tour with a Guide

8. Bari: Norman-Swabian Castle Tour with a Guide

It is impossible to miss one of the most emblematic symbols of the city of Bari, the Norman-Swabian Castle, an imposing fortress dating back to the 13th century, now turned into a museum. With its extensive moat it overlooks the gates of Bari Vecchia, flanking the perimeter of the city, which was defended by it since the Roman times. To the defensive function, the Normans added the monitoring of the territory. Afterwards, as the seat of the court of Isabella of Aragon, the Castle acquired a Renaissance style and was completed with the defensive wall, the corner bastions, the drawbridge and the quadrangular courtyard. The complete tour of the Castle (inside and outside) comes with the access to the Gipsoteca, an interesting collection of Romanesque sculptures and plaster casts, which reflect the details of the most important monuments of Puglia, from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century.

Alberobello: Full–Day Private Trulli Historical Tour

9. Alberobello: Full–Day Private Trulli Historical Tour

After hotel or port pick–up, travel to Alberobello by minivan on this private tour. Walk through the quaint neighborhoods and side streets of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the famous trulli, and marvel at the interesting limestone dwellings composed without mortar. Learn how the thickness of the walls regulates the internal temperature, what the symbols painted on the cone–shaped roofs mean, and hear about the unique interior living spaces. Visit at your own leisure. Choose to visit some of the museums during your stay, enjoy tasting some of the local delicacies, like a Paqualino sandwich or a traditional gelato, or spend some time shopping, before you return to your hotel at approximately 6:00 PM.

Bari: Simi Palace and Byzantine Church Guided Tour

10. Bari: Simi Palace and Byzantine Church Guided Tour

Discover the ruins within Palazzo Simi, one of the most important museums in Bari. Dating back to the 16th century, it hosts inside a permanent archaeological exhibition useful to get an idea of the history of the city, and of the many cultures that have distinguished it. The display of the artifacts on the ground floor will lead you till the early history. They range from a model of an original settlement to fragments of prehistoric pottery and rare examples of Italian-Mycenaean ceramics which prove the breadth of the city's commercial network in the Mediterranean. The fascinating underground itinerary will lead you to the remains of a marvelous Byzantine church dating back to the IX-X century, where the three apses, part of the altar and some fragments of a fresco can still be distinguished. In addition to the remains of the Byzantine church, in the underground you can see the remains of a Roman house discovered during the restoration work. Even deeper, there is the archaeological area accessed through the staircase running along the ancient oven of the noble palace.

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4.6 / 5

based on 288 reviews

Our guide: GIUSY, very well prepared, passionate, nice, engaging, professional ... made us fall in love with this enchanting place that is Matera. A tour of 2 and a half hours going back in time, as if it were a beautiful documentary Brava Giusy !!!!! Highly recommended

Great tour through out the city . Our tour guide was great , very Knowledgeable, and kept the tour upbeat and fun! It’s a beautiful city tour by bike. Refreshments are included also .

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++

Silvia was an excellent tour guide. Her English was very clear. Martina Franca is a beautiful city and should not be missed.

Very nice and well known guide. The tour was very interesting