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Andria: Castel del Monte Sunset Tour

1. Andria: Castel del Monte Sunset Tour

Discover the history of one of the most fascinating castles in Italy, the Castel del Monte, which was built in the 13th century and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1966. Learn more about the castle from your guide and hear about the many theories surrounding its origin. Enjoy a walk around the walls to watch the sunset and admire the surrounding landscape of olive groves and coastline. Later, enter the interior of the castle to discover its architecture and history. You will also hear the story of Emperor Frederick II, a charismatic and important historical figure for Southern Italy.

Trani & Castel del Monte: Day Trip and Local Cuisine Tasting

2. Trani & Castel del Monte: Day Trip and Local Cuisine Tasting

The day trip begins at 9.30 am at Trani where you will meet the guide. Trani is located north of Bari and is easily accessible by train and car. With a comfortable transfer you will leave towards the Alta Murgia National Park, where you will reach a Masseria, a typical farmhouse of the area and here you will taste the flavors of the delicious local cuisine and you will have the opportunity to meet the welcoming locals. At the end of the tasting we will leave again in the nearby Castel del Monte for an external visit with the tour guide to discover the architecture and history of this magnificent octagonal castle, a UNESCO site. Return to Trani at 2 PM PROGRAM: 9.30 am meeting with driver and guide 10.30 am guided tour Castel del monte 12.00 pm transfer to the farmhouse for the tasting 2.00 pm return in Trani

Pulo di Altamura: 3-Hour Bike or E-Bike Tour

3. Pulo di Altamura: 3-Hour Bike or E-Bike Tour

Feel like a local and explore Puglia's incredible nature, its stunning Alta Murgia National Park, and hidden spots on a 3-hour guided tour riding a bike or e-bike. Ride in class and comfort on dirt roads on a bike, which is perfect for discovering various parts of the park. Learn all about the region's spectacular flora and fauna from your expert guide as you cruise through the pseudo steppe. See Puglia differently and feel like as local as you cycle to the Altamura di Pulo, one of the biggest sinkholes in the south of Italy, uninterrupted by daily routines. You will look very Instagram worthy on your bikes. Visit many famous sights like the park's caves, which are believed to have been inhabited by prehistoric people, and discover the charming area of Lamalunga, where the skeleton of a pre-neanderthal man was discovered.

From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

4. From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

Enjoy the historic port town of Trani and UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte in one day. Explore 2 of Puglia's most alluring sights with a convenient transfer from Matera via a comfortable minivan. Tuck into an Apulian lunch at a local farmhouse. Meet your driver in the center of Matera and leave for imperial Apulia. After an hour-long drive, arrive in Trani, the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Catch beautiful views over the Adriatic Sea and the Italian coast. Be led by your local tour guide to Trani Castle and the seafront Cathedral. Visit the ancient Jewish quarter with its Synagogues and a maze of small alleyways. After the walking tour, hop on board the minivan to continue to a typical farmhouse in the Alta Murgia National Park. Taste the Apulian cuisine during a delicious light lunch. In the afternoon, reach the UNESCO site of Castel del Monte. Admire enchanting views from over 500 meters. Observe the beautiful park that surrounds you from above. On clear days, you can see the sea and the Gargano, a spectacle of nature. Learn about this emblematic octagonal castle, designed by Emperor Frederick II. Walk through the rooms inside the castle and discover the many mysteries and secrets that lie within its walls. Conclude the tour with a return transfer to Matera.

Andria: 3-Hour Bike Tour around Castel del Monte

5. Andria: 3-Hour Bike Tour around Castel del Monte

Feel like a local and explore Andria's top highlights, such as the Castel del Monte — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and hidden spots on a 3-hour guided tour riding a bike or an e-bike. Ride in class and comfort on a bike, which is perfect for discovering various parts of the rural region.  See the Alta Murgia National Park differently and feel like a local as you cruise through its oak woods and expanses of pseudo steppe, uninterrupted by daily routines. You will look very Instagram worthy on your bikes. Visit many famous sights like the Castel del Monte octagonal castle, and discover typical local architecture marvels that are not on the front pages of tourist magazines.

Castel del Monte Tour with transfer from Trani

6. Castel del Monte Tour with transfer from Trani

After pick-up from the Trani Central Station, head to Castel del Monte, the most visited monument in Puglia on a private tour. The castle was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The Castel del Monte was built in 1240 by Federico II and sits atop a prominent hill in Alta Murgia National Park. The castle has a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape stretching all the way to the sea. Marvel at the castle's unique octagonal shape with eight towers and eight sides. A licensed tour guide will show you the castle and tell you about its incredible history. Learn about Federico II's fascinating life and his extravagant personality. Discover hidden aspects of life in the Italian Middle Ages and the many mysteries that remain about the Castel del Monte.

Gravina: 3 Hour Bike Tour to Pulicchio di Gravina

7. Gravina: 3 Hour Bike Tour to Pulicchio di Gravina

Embark on a scenic 3-hour bike tour led by a nature guide to discover the characteristics of the Alta Murgia National Park. Meet your guide at the Gravina di Puglia train station, get equipped with your bike and helmet, and begin your exciting journey which takes place partly on asphalt and dirt paths. Follow a loop that runs through ancient sheep tracks in some of the wildest and most fascinating places in the park until you get to Pulicchio di Gravina, the second-largest sinkhole in the Alta Murgia National Park. Enjoy the wide scenery of the Bradano Valley that separates Puglia from the high mountains of the Lucanian Apennines. After the visit to Pulicchio, an exciting descent into a wooded canyon awaits you before you set off back to the city.

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The castle was massive and quite interesting when we learned about all the symbolism in decoration and such. The guide was well-informed and when we got to the town of Trani, he made sure that we found a great place to eat lunch and knew where to meet our driver before leaving our presence.

The structure of the Castle is very particular, the strategic site. Very good our guide, Alessandra, pleasant and clear in the exposition of the history of the structure and of the client. To visit.

Very interesting and well prepared tour by Marco. For sure worth the money!