The pearls of the Adriatic coast between Bari and Brindisi
Egnazia (called also Egnathia, Egnatia, etc. ) was an important city for during the Messapian and Roman civilization. Nowadays, we can visit the archeological park (with the Messapian walls, the necropolis, the remains of the Roman city, the Traian Way, etc. ), the museum (with some wonderfull findings such as the beautiful marble head of Attis and a mosaic representing the Three Graces), the roman port.
A stroll in Monopoli and its old fortified town on the seaside, the picturesque port, the lavish cathedral, the mummies of the Purgatory church, the beautiful rose window of S. Domenico church.
Polignano a Mare (the birthplace of the world famous singer Domenico Modugno alias Mr. Volare) with its lively and picturesque city center, the terraces overlooking the sea with breathtaking views of the cliffs and the marine caves, the bridge on the beach of Lama Monachile.
Another alternative is a colorfull and parfumed botanical garden with ancient buildings (church and olive oil mill) carved in the rock.
In Egnazia the tour can lasts from 2 to 4 hours and we will enjoy the indoor museum and the outdoor necropolis and archeological park. We can even enjoy (without visiting the archeological site) a snorkeling to admire an old Roman port.
The visit of the botanical garden lasts about 2 hours (3 if you like to do also the butterflies watching).
In Monopoli we will enjoy the old town with the baroque architecture, the fortified walls and the heritage of the Knights Templar.
A walking tour of Polignano a Mare with its terraces overlooking the seaside, the workshops and showrooms of local artesans.
For lunch it's possible to have a sandwich with fish (tuna, octopus, etc. ), a fish menu meal in a restaurant: from the most exclusive one to a kiosk near the seaside where it's possible to taste also sea urchins.
It's possible to modify the tour with a boat trip to enjoy the marine caves, a fishing excursion, a wine and/or extravirgin olive oil tasting, a stop to shot some photo to some millennium old olive threes.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: at your hotel in Monopoli, Conversano, Polignano, Fasano or in Valle d'Itria as well as in Bari (hotel or cruise terminal)
End location: at your hotel in Monopoli, Conversano, Polignano, Fasano or in Valle d'Itria as well as in Bari (hotel or cruise terminal)
Duration: 8 hours
For this tour you need a transfer. If you have a vechicle I can come with you otherwise I can arrange for you the transportation by car, van, minibus, bus, wheelchair accessible vehicle, etc.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 Eur - it depends if you like to stop for a meal, a snack, a wine tasting, etc.
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Alessandro was a super guide! We visited Alberobello and Polignano. He was very professional, courteous and he went out of his way to give us a memorable experience. He is a wealth of information on history and he took the time to show us many details in the places we visited that we never would have seen on our own. We even met and chatted with a few locals. I highly recommend Alessandro as a guide.