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Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

1. Polignano a Mare: 1.5-Hour Boat Cave Tour

Your tour lasts about 1.5 hours with departure and arrival at the small port of San Vito (Abbazia di San Vito and Polignano a Mare). Included is a visit to the main caves, with a break to swim in one of the most evocative places on the Polignano's coast. You'll also be treated to a tasty Prosecco-based aperitif which will be offered by the crew. The itinerary is divided into stages and includes the visit of the main caves. These caves include Grotta Palazzese, Grotta Santa Caterina, Grotta Chiari di Luna, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Cala Paura/Grottone, Grotta Azzurra, Statua “Domenico Modugno”, and Grotta Piana, just to name a few. Each boat has a length of 6.5 meters with a capacity of 8 people for each boat. The boat has a parasol, and is equipped with ladders and floats for both adults and children.

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Lecce: Walking Tour

2. Lecce: Walking Tour

Your tour begins from Sant'Oronzo square, where you will find a Roman Amphitheater which was first discovered at the beginning of the 20th Century. The itinerary goes on to the historic center, which is rich with churches and old buildings decorated by Baroque Art. During the tour, it will be possible to look at papier-machè artisans at work. This kind of art belongs to Lecce from the 17th Century, when it was conceived to decorate churches, back when the paper was the only material available. It continues to adorn the houses and the churches of this magical city thanks to old masters and young people.

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Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

3. Polignano a Mare: Stand-Up Paddle Tour

Polignano a Mare is the ideal place to plunge into uncontaminated waters and immerse yourself in the marine environment. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, this small town is just over 30 km (18.5 miles) from Bari. After a brief practical lesson, get ready to begin paddling along the coast. Enjoy the scenic coastline as you explore in a stand-up paddleboard. Discover one of Puglia's most beautiful coastal stretches, peppered with hidden inlets and charming sandy bays. Crystal clear waters and cliffs pitted with caves carved by the sea give Polignano a Mare its uniqueness. Do not miss the opportunity for a dip in these spectacular turquoise waters.

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Lecce: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tasting and Walking Tour

4. Lecce: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tasting and Walking Tour

Taste the best traditional snacks Lecce has to offer while exploring the quaint city center and its impressive monuments. Meet your guide at Porta San Biagio, one of the main old gates of the city. Begin your food tasting experience with the frisella, which is roll-bread, twice baked and topped with fresh tomato and local olive oil.   Then, you’ll start to move down the cozy alleys of the city center to discover its hidden treasures, with the help of your expert guide who will be full of anecdotes and historical details.   Your next tasting will be salami, tarallini (similar to a pretzel), and wine in one of the oldest family vendors in the city. Admire Piazza Duomo, surrounded by a closed square and elegant monuments before heading to Porta Napoli to learn about the obelisk that stands in the center of its square.   After savory tastings, it’s time for dessert — taste Lecce’s most famous cake, the pasticciotto, a small pastry stuffed with custard that locals love to eat for breakfast. Finally, you’ll arrive at the main square, Piazza Sant’Oronozo, where you can admire a fabulous Roman amphitheater. Finish with the grand finale, one of the best gelato in town.

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Bari: Guided Alberobello Trip

5. Bari: Guided Alberobello Trip

Take a day to explore Alberobello, a small town famous for its trullo buildings, a truly unique sight in Italy.  Your tour will begin from Bari, where your driver will pick up you at the organized meeting point. Following this, a licensed tour guide will greet you in Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. If you book the private option, you'll enjoy a driver and tour guide for your group only throughout the excursion. Alberobello truly is one of a kind, due to the notable presence of typical conical stone buildings which people still inhabit to this day. Your guide will show you the Rione Aia Piccola and the Rione Monti, the two most important neighborhoods of the town. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Trullo Museum and an authentic stone house, and to enjoy a tasting of a traditional wine. Before leaving the town, you'll have time for a walk through the charismatic streets, where there are small shops filled with souvenirs and typical local products. The driver will wait for you and will take you back to Bari at the end of the day.

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Andria: Castel del Monte Sunset Tour

6. 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.

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Lecce Private Home Cooking Class

7. Lecce Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

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Tour & Transfer from Bari to Alberobello & Matera

8. Tour & Transfer from Bari to Alberobello & Matera

Start your day by meeting your driver in the center of Bari before departing by minivan for your full day tour. After a short, scenic drive you will reach Alberobello and Matera. During your time in Alberobello, a UNESCO site since 1996, you will have plenty of time to walk through the city and discover the exciting cultural curiosities this fascinating place possesses. This city contains an abundance of Trulli, a typical rural stone architectural structure with a conical roof. Whilst here, you can visit both the Rioni districts - Rione Aia piccola and Rione Monti. Whilst doing so, be sure to visit the large trullo church and shops.  After Alberobello, you will leave for Matera, a fellow UNESCO site and also the European capital of culture. Here, you will meet your qualified tour guide before starting your pleasant stroll through this ancient city carved into rock. Here, the inhabitants lived in caves until the beginning of the XX Century. The historic center is characterized by narrow streets where there are cave houses that you can visit independently. You will visit the cathedral that overlooks the splendid panorama of the Murgia Materana park. Once your time in Matera is up, you will return comfortably to Bari. 

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Monopoli: Legends and Gastronomy Tour

9. Monopoli: Legends and Gastronomy Tour

You will meet the local tour guide in Largo Plebiscito, from where you will begin walking through the historic center of Monopoli, which is a maze of narrow streets that hide small art treasures. Your guide will lead you, telling you the story of the Madonna coming from the sea so loved by the inhabitants of the city. You will visit the church and its small underground, and will also learn about the legend kept in the walls of the castle. Following that, your guide will show you the best places that you can taste fish sandwiches, the best Monopoli ice-cream, the tastiest coffee, or the best restaurant for a special dinner. If you wish to taste some typical products at the conclusion of your tour, your guide will be happy to accompany you.

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Bari Rickshaw Street Food Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Apulia

Definitely worthwhile! We got to explore Lecce and all of its historical highlights while sampling delightful treats along the way. The perfect combination and great value. We were very fortunate to have the lovely Antonella as our guide. She was so knowledgable, friendly and welcoming and her English was perfect. Would 100% recommend. Thank you Antonella!

Whay an amazing experience! The host was perfect, the food was great, so nice to cook delicious food with locals. I had the best evening! Highly recommended!!

This boat tour was a perfect way to be on the water, see Polignano a Mare and just have a tiny excursion.

We had a great time with Rosie. Love the city and food. Really opened our eyes to good never had before.

Antenella was great - she gave us so much history and local knowledge! Loved the tour and food!