Silversea Luxury Cruises To Monopoli

Monopoli

Located in the heel of Italy’s boot, Monopoli is a Puglia port town that knows how to make a splash. In fact, the words Monos and Polis mean singularly unique – and Monopoli’s special blend of part historical, part functional is most definitely that. View more

The city might lack some of the more aesthetic elements of its neighbours, but that only means good things for those who do discover it: far from the tourist route you’ll be greeted with medieval churches and castles, white stone buildings (contrasting perfectly with the azure of the sea and sky) and authenticity in buckets. Founded by the Greeks in 500 BC, then taken over by the Romans (and beset by various invaders), Monopoli was – and still is – a thriving port town. It’s position in Puglia between the seas made it strategic, while its placement on the Via Traiana (which led all the way to Rome) made it prosperous. The city came under Venetian control in 1484 and much of Monopoli’s architecture can be attributed to this period. The charming Old Town is dominated by Castello Carlo V, built in 1552, while the still solid Baroque-Romanesque cathedral, built in 1693, is considered as positively modern. Like most of Italy, the food here is as important as religion. As a port town, fish and seafood are deliciously fresh. Do not miss tasting “scapece” (small fish covered in flour, deep-fried, put in layers with breadcrumbs and saffron, then soaked with vinegar) for a tasty treat that you will find nowhere else in the country.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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  • Departure
    Jul 27 2021
  • Duration
    10 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Shadow
From US$ 6,120
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Excursions in Monopoli

Alberobello & Apulian Delicacies

Alberobello, the capital of the original conical dwellings known as Trulli, is considered to be among the most famous attractions in Apulia! Its old districts with their cluster-like settlements of Trulli (about 1400) date back to the 17th century and lie along the sides of two hills separated by the village main street: should you have the opportunity of a panoramic view over the town centre, you would see its Trulli roofs look like funny conical hats curiously placed on a fairytale characters' heads! Walk with your tour guide and you will learn about Alberobello's original history. Take a stroll through the village's narrow winding streets while enjoying your free time shopping or tasting a good Italian "gelato".


Depart from the pier for about 30 minute-drive to Alberobello. Green olive groves, golden wheat fields and blue skies depict the colors of the countryside.


Upon arrival you will follow a walking tour admiring the enchanting Trulli with their whitewashed walls and grey pointed roofs, which are the unmistakable symbol of Alberobello, listed among the UNESCO sites in 1996. Enjoy the characteristic districts of Monti and Aia Piccola to learn about the ancient architecture of these unique houses with your tour guide and you will hear that the number of Trulli-houses rapidly increased during the 17th century as the Counts of Conversano obliged farmers to build temporary houses to avoid tax burdens for themselves. Strange symbols and cute pinnacles on Trulli cone roofs are the main pictures you will see while shopping or reaching the top of Rione Monti hill to visit the Church of Saint Anthony built in the shape of a Trullo in 1926, and you can actually figure out now how a family could live in such small houses


Alberobello is renowned also for its countryside dotted with Trulli shaped Farmhouses and very old olive trees...it is worth a visit especially if you wish to experience local specialties.


And here we go, a picturesque Masseria (Farmhouse) is waiting for you: the location and setting are perfect to taste specialities such as Apulian focaccia (bread) along with some typical local wine.

Discover Bari

Experience the scenic beauty and Old-World charm of Bari, during a memorable half-day walking tour of this historic city. Depart the pier and arrive to the Swabian Castle, originally built by Frederick II upon earlier Norman fortification. The Swabian Castle's present appearance is the result of modifications carried out by the Aragonese family in 1500s, when the castle became the residence of Isabel of Aragon.


Upon arrival in Bari's city center, commence your walking tour of the Old Town to explore the historic sites and gain an insight into the local lifestyle. Along the way, a visit is made to the Cathedral of Saint Sabino, built in the second half of the 12th century. The façade boasts three portals and a rose window with imaginary monstrous creatures. At the rear of the cathedral, you can admire the 12th century window with a decorated canopy supported by columns.


Next, your walking tour proceeds through Strada del Carmine before arriving at the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, which houses the mortal remains of Saint Nicholas.

According to the local legend, 62 sailors went to Myra, in Turkey, in 1087 and stole the saint's remain to brought them to Bari.

Consecrated in 1197, the church is one of the masterpieces of the Apulian-Romanesque style and features an imposing limestone façade flanked by two large bell towers. The interior hosts two unique examples of medieval sculpture: a ciborium with figured capitals and the bishop's throne, known as "Elia's Chair". The Basilica is a place of pilgrimage, particularly for believers from Eastern Europe. The impressive, ornately decorated crypt is adorned with rich colors.


Leaving the Basilica, proceed for the short walk to Via Venezia, Piazza Mercantile and Piazza Ferrarese.


Following your walking tour, some free time is made available to further explore the Old Town's narrow cobbled streets and squares, impressive facades of Medieval buildings and ancient walls. You may also sip a cappuccino at a local café and watch the locals going about their daily routine.

At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach for the return drive to the pier or spend some additional time in the city and return to the ship at your own expense.

Lecce Exploration & Aperitif at a Noble Palace

Departure by coach from the pier for a 105-minute drive through the beautiful Apulian countryside to Lecce, with its grand Baroque architecture. You will be impressed by the lavish decorations on its buildings.


The local sandstone, tinged with a warm yellow nuance, is so easy to work with that it encouraged the arise of a local style (Lecce Baroque) as ornate and intricate as any the world has seen. More than architects, it was the local stone masons who left their mark on this city, covering its buildings with fanciful cherubs, monsters, flowers, fruits, beauties and beasts. Far off the beaten tracks for most of Italy's art-loving visitors, Lecce sits on the South Eastern tip of Italy's boot, waiting to astound you with its little-known magnificence.


Your visit in Lecce will start from Porta Napoli, one of the oldest gates to the town. Narrow streets full of beautiful palaces will lead you to Piazza Duomo, where the magnificent Cathedral as well as the Archbishop's Palace are located.

The Cathedral was built between 1659 and 1670 by Giuseppe Zimbalo on a pre-existing Romanesque church. The main façade, facing both Archbishop's and Seminary's Palaces, is not so decorated, while the side façade facing the square is an explosion of Baroque architecture with Saint Oronzo's statue in the triumphal arch.


Piazza Sant'Oronzo lies in the heart of the town. It is the site of the most important local Roman remains: a 20,000-seat amphitheater from the 2nd century AD and a column which originally stood in Brindisi to mark the end of the Appian Way.

Continuing walking along the little alleys, you will stop astonished by the magnificence of the most famous of all Lecce's highlights: the Basilica of Santa Croce. Such a variety of statues and ornaments will capture your eyes and curiosity inviting you to discover the smallest details.


After the guided tour of the city, the highlight of your tour is a visit to a stunning, noble palazzo. Located on a magnificent corner of the Old City, this hidden gem is just steps away from the Cathedral and listed among the most noble palaces and building in the city of Baroque architecture. Following your guided tour, proceed to one of the halls of the palazzo for an aperitif and taste local specialties surrounded by splendid antiquities and nobility.


About 1 hour free time will allow you to wander at leisure along the narrow and beautiful streets of Lecce's town center or for a quick meal on own before re-joining the bus to go back to the pier.

Matera And Unesco Sassi District With Lunch

Matera is located in one of the political regions in the South of Italy called Basilicata. It is renowned for its landscape since the old town centre lies along the sides of a deep ravine split into two by a very small hill known as Civita, where the Medieval town has been built. The result is that the whole city looks like a butterfly, whose "body" corresponds with the Civita and the two wings with the two winding "branches" of the ravine where the very old Sassi Districts have been built. Sassi can easily be translated as Stones into English, curiously referring to the origin of the settlements you're going to visit, partly built and partly carved out of the soft ravine limestone: houses and grottoes, or churches and grottoes at the same time, where life in the past was really hard and the economy was based upon pasture, because agriculture was quite impossible in a stone context! Many times you will be told that Sassi had to be considered as one of Southern Italy's examples of poverty, but they have been transformed into the most important cultural heritage nowadays, so you will easily understand the reason why such a strange settlement has been listed among the UNESCO sites.

Your will travel South West inland to reach the magnificent Matera, admiring the rich vegetation of Apulian countryside as well as its highest hills covered with wheat, the main ingredient to produce traditional yellowish-colored bread known as Pane di Altamura (Altamura's bread, after the name of a town close to Matera which is renowned for its DOP semolino bread).

Upon arrival in Matera your tour guide will lead you through narrow lanes and staircases, to explore the time-less picturesque UNESCO Sassi Districts: you will hear stories about "vicinati" (neighbourhoods in English), a real lifestyle with people living in humid one-room-house-caves arranged around little yards, labyrinths of winding streets, rock churches and cantinas, sharing everything they had with families living nearby.

Visit one of the typically furnished cave-houses and learn about how some of the locals lived in these caves as recently as 1960s!

Enjoy local typical cuisine in one of its most famous restaurants and taste local specialties along with local Aglianico wine. Shortly before leaving Matera climb up the small hill opposite the town and you will experience the breathtaking panoramic view of the deep ravine around where Mel Gibson shot the movie "The Passion of Christ"!

Monopoli Apulian Cooking Class

Discover the delicious specialties of the Apulian region with a hands-on lesson at a well-known Farmhouse located in Monopoli surroundings.


From the Pier drive about 15 minutes Southern from Monopoli to reach a genuine Apulian farmhouse renowned throughout Italy as the first Masseria to open its doors to guests and reveal 400 years of history. This country estate outside Monopoli is a place of simple beauty, echoing with past lives of noblemen and farmworkers. Apulia is known for its culture of eating healthy. The scent of the land and the sea is reflected in the recipes of the area.

Most meals include Gargano and the Murgia bread, hard wheat pastas, local vegetables, sea food accompanied by hints extra virgin olive oil.


Your lesson is a hand-on experience, with sleeves rolled-up, listen to your chef-instructor as she/he leads you through the creation of an Apulian-style meal.

The menu is likely to include the Apulia pasta par excellence, the Orecchiette, the typical Focaccia and a "Teglia di Riso, Patate e Cozze", which is a delicious and surprising baking pan of Rise, potatoes and mussels.


This fantastic meal tasting will be accompanied by local wines from selections of Negramaro, Primitivo and Fiano.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Monopoli, or Alberobello, Bari, Brindisi, Ostuni, Lecce or Matera at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Monopoli at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Monopoli, or Alberobello, Bari, Brindisi, Ostuni, Lecce or Matera at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace.

Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Monopoli at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Trani & Castel del Monte with Lunch

Travelling northwards from Monopoli along the scenic coastal route, you will arrive in Trani: here you will have the opportunity to visit the elegant Cathedral located at the extreme tip of a U-shaped little harbour, facing the Swabian Castle.


The Cathedral is one of the finest examples of churches in Apulian Romanesque style, boasting a precious doorway with stone carvings dating from the 13th century, and a beautiful XII century's bronze door made by Barisano da Trani using the so called "lost wax" bronze process for the first time. The door's 32 sections are decorated with figures of Christ, the Virgin, Apostles and Saints. The impressive interior of the cathedral was covered with Baroque decorations in the XIX century, and it was restored to its original Romanesque appereance in 1952-55. From the side aisles you will reach the Crypt dedicated to Saint Nicholas the Pilgrim (who died in Trani by the end of the 11th century) built along with the lower church of Santa Maria, over a Paleochristian site housing a rectangular space known as Hypogeum (literally "underground space") of Saint Leucius, after the first bishop of Brindisi whose bones were transferred to Trani in the VIII century.

After the visit, some free time will be given for wandering at leisure around this lovely town that is locally known as 'the slow town'. Here you will have the opportunity to sit and relax and watch the world go by in one of its typical cafes. The lively fishing port and the wide, paved streets and elegant buildings offer a very pleasant ambience. If you are lucky you may see the hustle and bustle of the local fish market.


It's time to drive now to Castel del Monte area to enjoy a local lunch at a very local Farmhouse before visiting the Castle. This harmonious castle, an UNESCO site in Puglia, with its octagonal central structure (8 towers of the same shape around the edges) and with the mixture of Romanesque, Arabian, Norman and Gothic elements is one of the most discussed castles in the world. This construction was ordered by Frederick II of Swabia on the top of an isolated hill near Andria and it was built by local workers as well as Northern and Saracen stone-masons craftsmen.


At the end of the visit, return to pier in Monopoli.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.