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From Bari: Pasta Experience Walking Tour

1. From Bari: Pasta Experience Walking Tour

Begin your cultural adventure visiting the main attractions of the old town. Stop and discover the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle. Explore the modern French part of the city along the famous sea walk. Wander through the fresh fish market and feel the relaxing, gentle pace of life wash over you.  Having discovered some of Bari's architectural and historic gems its will then be time to end the walking section of the tour at at Signora Maria’s House. Here you will learn how to make orecchiette, a delicious type of local home-made pasta, and find out the secrets of its traditional recipe. While drinking genuine Primitivo red wine, cook and taste your own home-made pasta and feel like a real local. Finish a wonderful day by tasting some fantastic local ice cream.

Bari Rickshaw Street Food Tour

2. Bari Rickshaw Street Food Tour

Begin by visiting the main attractions of the Old Town, including the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle.  Continue to several tasting stops: in a panificio, learn how focaccia barese is made and taste a fresh slice. In a salumeria, learn about different kinds of cheeses and salami while drinking a glass of wine. In one of the typical corners of the town, discover fried street food and the strong flavors of sgagliozze (fried polenta) and panzerotti (fried turnovers). In a gelateria, enjoy home-made ice cream and choose your favorite from a great selection. The tour ends by discovering the modern French part of the city along the famous seaside, opera theaters, and luxury shopping streets.

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.

Ostuni: White Town Walking Tour

4. Ostuni: White Town Walking Tour

Ostuni is one of the main tourist destinations of Puglia, called "White town" for the houses painted with white lime in the historical center. But Ostuni is not just culture and art, for several years the city has obtained the Blue Flag for the beautiful beaches and the coast, about 8 km from the center, and for the many services offered to tourists. The guided tour of Ostuni will start from Libertà square, where there is the grand palace of the municipality and where stands the baroque column of Sant'Oronzo, almost 21 meters high, built in local stone by Giuseppe Greco in 1771 as an ex voto, later to protection from famines and epidemics carried out by the saint. In Libertà Square you will also visit the archaeological excavations of the ancient walls and the defensive tower before taking Cattedrale street, full of local craft shops, commercial activities and typical local food product. 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.The interior, a Latin cross with three naves on columns, was rebuilt in the eighteenth century, with a painted ceiling and baroque chapels. Following the tour will continue along the Aragonese walls where you can admire a beautiful landscape of the Valle d'Itria until you reach the Porta Nova gate, one of the ancient gate of the town.

Lecce: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

5. Lecce: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

Bari: Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local

6. Bari: Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local

Avoid the usual sightseeing tours and discover the beautiful city of Bari through the eyes of a local. Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get assigned a local host who is passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Meet where you are staying to get familiar with the neighborhood and find out about the best places to eat and drink. Alternatively, meet at a central location and discover hidden gems you might otherwise miss. Get tips on the easiest ways to get around, chat about cultural differences and hear about local events. Learn what it is really like to live in the city. Feel more comfortable navigating your way around on your own and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of the rest of your stay.

Ostuni Private Tour

7. 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.

Lecce: Private Tour with Pasticciotto Tasting

8. 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.

Fasano: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

9. Fasano: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

Make a beautiful meal and a beautiful memory with a market tour and home-cooked dinner hosted by a local chef. Arrive at the home of your expert cook. Explore the market and shop like a local. Learn how to recognize the best produce. Afterward, return to your host’s home and enjoy a private cooking demonstration. Gain insight into Italian cuisine as your host reveals the secrets of her family’s cookbook. Watch as a delicious meal is prepared before your eyes. Once the food is ready, sit down at an authentic Italian dinner. Enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Chat with your host as you share a delicious meal together. Enjoy a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, as well as an after-dinner coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Bari: Private Walking Tour

10. Bari: Private Walking Tour

The walking tour starts from the castle "Castello Svevo", founded in 1132 and taken by Federico II in 1233, and it continues through the old town. The old town, called "Bari vecchia", is characterized by stone buildings and little streets. Here you can find women at work making homemade pasta. In the old town there is the Basilica of San Nicola. The church dedicated to the patron saint, which was built between 1087 and 1100 and it is one of the main examples of the art movement "Romanico Pugliese". Walking through the old town you will smell the "focaccia barese," a soft bread with tomatoes on top.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 58 reviews

Valeria, our guide, was very knowledgeable and interesting. The tour covered all of the history both recent and ancient of the Old Town of Monopoli and through the “porta” to the “new” town. Valeria told us interesting little anecdotes and was very good at connecting past events with current issues. We learnt about why Italian churches were restored during the Reformation and the legend of the repair of the roof of the cathedral. She is clearly very passionate about her city and is able to convey this enthusiasm throughout her tour. We would highly recommend this tour with Valeria.

Our guide, Valeria, was phenomenal. She set a very comfortable pace for our tour and was well versed in Ostuni history, architecture and culture. Valeria was very articulate in English and answered our many questions gracefully. The tour was wonderful.

The places are worthwhile and we had enough time on site to gather first impressions. Our driver Stefano gave us sightseeing tips and took us from place to place safely and very friendly. Beautiful tour with many highlights

Emmanuel was a fantastic and fun guide. He truly knows his hustory about Bari and the food.

The best walking experience I have ever had. Kath is the best, friendly and professional.