Puglia Half-Day Opera and Food Tour

  • Live Guide
  • Day Trip
  • Pickup Service
  • Private Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 5.5 hr

Enjoy a walking tour in Monopoli town. Attend an opera concert with piano playing and lyric singer in a noble palace. In Monopoli admire noble palaces, churches and large squares, where locals spend their free time. Have a detailed tour into the Cathedral. In Monopoli port enjoy at the sight of colorful gozzi, admire the vivacity of its sea tradition especially late afternoon, when fishing boats come back. Here stand out the magnificent Carlo V Castle and the Gothic arches of Palazzo Martinelli.Second stop Mola di Bari for a great live experience of opera concert at Palazzo Pesce. Guided tour inside this 18th century noble residence, discover its splendid Etruscan frescoes. It's time for an aperitif: taste some wine and some Apulian local products, before attending the concert, especially designed to meet your musical taste. NOTE: According to opening times and days, the Cathedral of Monopoli could be replaced by the Chiesa della Matrice in Mola di Bari or another available church.

Itinerary Details


This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Centro Storico di Monopoli

A unique tour where culture, opera and food blend perfectly. First reach Monopoli old port, admire the gozzi, local small boats made entirely from wood, in their characteristic light blue and red colors. Pass by Carlo V Castle, built during the Spanish domain in the 16th century, when Apulian coasts were endowed with defensive fortresses. Entering the historical center of the town, you'll walk through narrow streets paved in ‘chianche’, between arches and alleys. You will smell the parfume of sea air, the freshness of hung laundry and the meatballs sauce cooked for hours, as per Apulian tradition. During the tour stop at San Domenico church, you’ll immediately admire the late 15th Century façade, three rows divided by columns and pillars. The main door, with its richly decorated and flower patterned frames, draws attention together with the magnificent stone rose window. Last stop at the richly decorated Cathedral of Saint Maria della Madia, where you'll have a detailed tour inside.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At:

Monopoli Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Maria della Madia. Built for the first time in the 12th century, on the ruins of a pre-existent temple of the Bronze Age, dedicated to God Mercurius and Goddess Maia. Inside the crypt you can find some tombs and ruins of the ancient settlement. The Cathedral was totally rebuilt in the 18th century, following Baroque criteria.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Porto antico di Monopoli

Walking along the port you'll enjoy at the sight of the "gozzi", the typical small boats of Monopoli town, colored in red and blue, which fishermen used in the past for fishing. Today the gozzi populate Monopoli old port and show up with their bright colors to the visitors. Then meet in front of you the elegant 17th century building of Palazzo Martinelli, with a Venetian styled loggia, fruit of the reminiscenses of the 15th century, when Venetians conquered the town.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mola di Bari

Mola di Bari is another town on the Adriatic coast, located on your way back to Bari. Once you get there you will have a unique experience inside the old noble residence of Palazzo Pesce. First our guide will take you for a visit inside the palace, discover the splendid frescoes of the Etruscan Room, the internal courtyard and all its secrets. Then an aperitif will follow with wine and Apulian typical products: mozzarella cheese, taralli and barese focaccia. End your great day with a private opera concert, it could be booked from 4 up to maximum 16 people if many clients require the same date. The theme of the opera will be chosen, if possible, following your personal musical taste.

Duration: 2 hour
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