Bari Area and Matera

The 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

Altamura

Altamura was re-founded by the Emperor Frederick II in the XIII century. The city is well known for its majestic Romanesque cathedral, ... read more

Bari

Bari

Bari is the capital of Apulian Romanesque style. While here, you will see the two faces of the city. First, you will visit the ... read more

Barletta

Barletta

Barletta, scene of the historical "Challenge" is today an art city on the Adriatic Sea with an important historical patrimony as well ... read more

Bitonto

Bitonto

Bitonto is an elegant old town in the area of Bari that preserves a magnificent angevin circular tower of the 14th century (Torrione ... read more

Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte

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 read more

Conversano

Conversano

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

Giovinazzo

Giovinazzo is a fascinating medieval village by the Adriatic Sea with a fortified small port and a wonderful romanesque ... read more

Matera

Matera

Matera is the oldest city in Europe the third oldest cities in the world, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and European Capital of read more

Monopoli

Monopoli

Monopoli is a wonderful town along the Adriatic coast with about 13 kilometers (8 miles) of coastline. The origins of this ancient town read more

Polignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare

Perched on a high rocky outcrop that reaches into the Adriatic Sea, Polignano is a destination not to be missed on a trip to ... read more

Putignano

Putignano

Putignano is a typical ancient village filled with a maze of alleys, narrow streets and small squares surrounded by enchanting ... read more

Trani

Trani

Trani is one of the most beautiful cities along the Adriatic Sea. The city is famous for its extraordinary Romanesque cathedral ... read more

GET THE BEST FROM YOUR TOUR!

Combine the visit of the Bari Area and Matera with this experiences:
Boat tours and sailing trips

Boat tours and sailing trips

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 ... read more

Bread Tasting – Pane di Altamura and Pane di Matera

Bread Tasting – Pane di Altamura and Pane di Matera

Visiting a bakery in Altamura or Matera you will learn about the process of bread making. Indeed, Altamura and Matera, 20 km away from ... read more

Castellana Caves

Castellana Caves

The beautiful Castellana caves are the magical expression of nature’s tireless work over millions of years. In this natural phenomenon, read more

Cheese tasting

Cheese tasting

Enjoy the vast production of high quality fresh cheese of Puglia! We will visit an artisanal cheese factory where, from the expert ... read more

Cooking class

Cooking class

In introductory Apulian cooking classes you will have the chance to gain practical knowledge about some of the most typical dishes of ... read more

Food street market

Food street market

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 ... read more

Lunch or dinner in a Slow Food Restaurant

Lunch or dinner in a Slow Food Restaurant

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

Trekking in the Murgia Materana

Trekking in the Murgia Materana

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 ... read more

Wine tasting – Gioia del Colle Primitivo

Wine tasting – Gioia del Colle Primitivo

We will visit one of the most famous wineries in Puglia, whose Gioia del Colle Primitivo wines are considered among the best in the world... read more

What our guests think of us…

Our guests’ satisfaction is our greatest reward and we couldn’t be more proud of their reviews. That’s why we want your trip to be unforgettable!

  •   Thank you for arranging our 3 days of tours. We had specific requests/itinerary and possibly a busier itinerary than many people would want but nothing was too much trouble. Michele... read more

    Margie14
    9/19/2019
  •   This was my third visit to Apulia region and all three times I used services of Apulia Slow Travel. Due to my obligations I can only find a few days... read more

    ivanaaroundtheworld
    8/20/2019
  •   This was my third visit to Apulia region and all three times I used services of Apulia Slow Travel. Due to my obligations I can only find a few days... read more

    Ivana L
    8/20/2019
  •   We did an 8 day tour in July which totally exceeded our expectations. From the initial multiple communications about planning to tailor the trip to our interests, to the flawless... read more

    R321FLamandal
    8/14/2019
  •   Michele and Manuel were our tour guides in the Puglia region for a couple of days and we were picked up in a large and comfortable mini-van. The tour was... read more

    geneve_rose
    7/28/2019
  •   I found it very exciting to tour all around Puglia, Bari and Alberobello. Michele and Emmanuele,they were our tour guides. They are always capable of explaining the history of he... read more

    Carlo T
    7/19/2019
  •   We booked our tour kind of last minute and we had a very limited time since it was a cruise stop in Bari. We got greeted and picked up from... read more

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    7/16/2019