Bari Area and MateraThe cradle of the Apulian Romanesque
Bari area is famous for wonderful quaint towns such as Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Barletta and Giovinazzo along the coastline overlooking the crystal clear waters of the wonderful Adriatic sea. This part of Apulia is also very well famous for its artistic heritage. In the Middle Age the area used to be the land of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. During the Norman-Swabian age and therefore in the times of Crusades the region flourished with wonderful castles and Cathedrals built in Apulian Romanesque stile. Some of the most important artistic heritages are St. Nicholas Basilica in Bari, Trani’s Cathedral directly facing the sea, or Castel del Monte which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another attraction is the city of Altamura which is not only well known for its majestic Romanesque cathedral but also for being a food travel destination because of its famous bread.
Last but not least, the city of Matera, one of the oldest cities in the world, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture 2019.
TOWNS IN THE AREA
Altamura was re-founded by the Emperor Frederick II in the XIII century. The city is well known for its majestic Romanesque cathedral, which is ascribed to the Emperor itself. read more
Bari is the capital of Apulian Romanesque style. While here, you will see the two faces of the city. First, you will visit the French-influenced Murat quarter, with its elegant 19th Century theaters and majestic Liberty-style palaces. read more
Barletta, scene of the historical "Challenge" is today an art city on the Adriatic Sea with an important historical patrimony as well as a nice nightlife. Barletta, scene of the historical "Challenge" is today an art city on the Adriatic Sea with an important historical patrimony as well as a nice nightlife. We will admire the castle, one of Southern Italy’s most beautiful fortresses, which now houses the Civic Museum and the magnificent cathedral. In front of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre you will see the Colossus, a large bronze statue representing the emperor Theodosius II. read more
Bitonto is an elegant old town in the area of Bari that preserves a magnificent angevin circular tower of the 14th century (Torrione Angioino) and beautiful renaissance buildings of the 15th-16th century. read more
We will visit one of the wonders of Italy, Castel del Monte. This mysterious castle was built in the 13th Century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and is an example of architectural perfection in Puglia, surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. read more
Conversano was the center of one of the most important counties of Puglia, ruled from the 15th to the 19th century by the Acquaviva family... read more
Giovinazzo is a fascinating medieval village by the Adriatic Sea with a fortified small port and a wonderful romanesque cathedral. During our visit of Giovinazzo you will walk through narrow alleys, sunny squares and shady arches as the so called "Trajan Arch", built in the XIV century using two mile columns of the roman Trajan Way. read more
Matera is the oldest city in Europe the third oldest cities in the world, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture 2019. Matera sits like a giant sculpture in the center of the Murgia plateau. read more
Monopoli is a wonderful town along the Adriatic coast with about 13 kilometers (8 miles) of coastline. The origins of this ancient town date back to fifth century BC. We will take an unforgettable guided tour among the most important historical buildings, such as the baroque Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Madia and the wonderful Castle of Charles V, symbol of the city. We will end our trip along the harbor, which is full of fine restaurants, colorful fishing boats and very stylish bars, and where we will enjoy the unique Mediterranean atmosphere of this town. read more
Perched on a high rocky outcrop that reaches into the Adriatic Sea, Polignano is a destination not to be missed on a trip to Puglia. The best way to experience the atmosphere of this Mediterranean city is through a nice walk on its terraces overlooking the sea. With its picturesque bays and hidden caves, Polignano was an ancient landing spot for merchants and fishermen. Today, its artisan shops and stylish bars are busy year round. read more
Putignano is a typical ancient village filled with a maze of alleys, narrow streets and small squares surrounded by enchanting loggias. The city is famous for its “Carnival of Putignano”, one of the oldest in Italy, which in 2020 will celebrate its 626th anniversary! Especially during the carnival, the town becomes a real tourist destination, attracting visitors from all corners of Italy and the world. read more
Trani is one of the most beautiful cities along the Adriatic Sea. The city is famous for its extraordinary Romanesque cathedral directly facing the sea, dedicated to St. Nicholas the Pilgrim, as well as its ancient harbor, which provides for an elegant setting for the many who stroll between colorful fishing boats and fine restaurants. read more
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There is no better way than a boat trip to enjoy the beauty of the Apulia seas. We can organize your private or sharing boat tour (sailing or motor) in the all best costs of Puglia: Vieste and Peschici on the Gargano, the Tremiti Islands, the perched city of Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, the breathtaking cliffs around Otranto, the white beaches of Gallipoli, till Taranto with is large dauphin colony... read more
Visiting a bakery in Altamura or Matera you will learn about the process of bread making. Indeed, Altamura and Matera, 20 km away from each other, share a millenary tradition in making bread that has recently been formalized with the DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) Pane di Altamura and the IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) Pane di Matera. read more
The beautiful Castellana caves are the magical expression of nature’s tireless work over millions of years. In this natural phenomenon, you will recognize spectacular spires that reminiscent of Gothic cathedrals, as well as mythical animals and ancient trees. read more
Enjoy the vast production of high quality fresh cheese of Puglia! We will visit an artisanal cheese factory where, from the expert hands of the dairyman, some of the most famous Italian delicacies are born. read more
In introductory Apulian cooking classes you will have the chance to gain practical knowledge about some of the most typical dishes of Puglia, including the most famous orecchiette with broccoli rabe. read more
Get a taste of traditional life in Puglia! At least once a week, every Apulian town organizes a local market where you can find local fresh food products... read more
We will take you to the most authentic places, and we will introduce you to Apulian restaurants selected by the Slow Food Movement... read more
Enjoy a natural trip outside the urban context of Matera! We will take you to the Murgia plateau, on the other side of the canyon overlooking the Unesco WHS of the Sassi. In the middle of a stunning panorama we will observe the typical plants of the area, deepening many aspects of the natural world. read more
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