GUIDED TOURS MONOPOLI ITALY – THE UNIQUE CITY: LUNCH AND THE GROTTOES OF CASTELLANA
TOUR DURATION: FULL DAY TOUR
GUIDED TOURS MONOPOLI DESCRIPTION
We will meet at about thirty kilometers south of Bari, right after Polignano a Mare, in the charming town of Monopoli. We will match this walking tour with the visit of the most famous karst grottoes of the region: the Grottoes of Castellana and of course we will enjoy some free time for lunch. The history of Monopoli is influenced, like other Apulian cities, from its position exposed to the East on the Adriatic Sea. It’s quite evident because of the imposing walls, the 16th century Spanish Castle and the picturesque old harbor that we will cross at the beginning of our visit. On the way to the seafront we will immediately come across a charming Palace recalling the Venetian style of the 15th century: the Martinelli Palace with an architecture easy to recognize; leaving the seafront, we will go into the little alleys of the city centre’s nucleus to discover first of all the beautiful Piazza Palmieri with the elegant palace bearing the same name: this is an area that, following some surveys, has been identified as one of the most ancient of the city. The following stop will be the closed square enclosing the Cathedral dedicated to the patron of the city: Our Lady of the Raft, which has a Romanesque origin but that has been completely renovated in the middle of the 18th century with remarkable paintings and the holy icon of the Virgin visible inside. We will end our tour in Piazza Garibaldi, still rich in significant monuments as the building that today hosts the public library, the Cacace Palace and the infamous column with the clock surmounted by the city’s coat of arms. We will move after lunch to the entrance of the Grottoes of Castellana, few kilometers away from Monopoli Italy ; as long as we will be there I will show you the possible trails to chose and right after a general introduction on the characteristics of the caves, we will go through the access procedures to finally let you go down to this fascinating underground tour where the different spaces are named after the shape of the thousand-year-old concretions; in the end you will be astonished in admiring the most shining and beautiful cave in Europe: the white grotto.