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Castel del Monte

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The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Castel del Monte was built in the latter half of the 12th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. At this time his realm stretched across much of southern Italy, and he was also responsible for the Castello Normanno-Svevo in Bari, the region’s biggest city, as well as a series of hunting lodges across his domain.

Sitting on a remote hillock among endless undulating plains, Castel del Monte is regarded as a masterpiece of medieval architecture, taking its influences from both Classical and Islamic building styles. Perfectly octagonal in shape, it is constructed around a courtyard and boasts a series of octagonal towers. Internally, it comprises two stories containing eight rooms in each, and although the rich furnishings and much of the decoration are long gone, the marble moldings around the great entrance doorway and the lack of fortifications suggest that the castle may have been a private residence rather than for military purposes. With the demise of the Sicilian empire, the castle was abandoned, and by the 16th century had fallen into disrepair; over the centuries it has been used variously as a prison, a refuge from plague and a hang out for bandits. Today it stands empty and proud, a monument to the political and cultural flowering that saw southern Italy come to prominence in the Middle Ages.

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Daily Apr–Sept 10:15am–7:45pm; Oct–March 9am–6.30pm
Andria, Italy

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The mysterious

The mysterious "Castel del Monte" (outside tour guide)

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The option 2 includes only a tour guide outside the castle in an analysis not only historic of this but also of the surrounding area. In the option 1 with taste, in addition to the tour guide outside the castle, there will be also a visit to a vineyard of the area (5 km from the castle) where you will try the wine made by those grapes as well as some local products such as the "burrata" and the "taralli".
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.54
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$14.54
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Panoramic walking tour Castel del Monte Unesco site

Panoramic walking tour Castel del Monte Unesco site

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With our walking tour at the Castel del Monte you will visit it with a local guide who will reveal the secrets of the place and tell you about the life of Federico II, the Emperor and the holy Roman empire.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$6.06
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$6.06
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Castel del Monte, between wonder and mistery

Castel del Monte, between wonder and mistery

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Castel del Monte, the famous octagonal fortress symbol of the crown of Frederick II of Swabia and magnificent testimony of the reign of one of the most fascinating and mysterious emperor of medieval history. An hour of tour inside the internal and external environments of the Frederick's manor, to better understand what lies behind the apparent simplicity and sobriety of a castle that once looked much richer and more decorated than nowadays. Let yourself be accompanied by our guides, who will reveal details that would otherwise be impossible to notice by simple visitor's eye. The tour is on request and does not include the transfer to Castel del Monte. Meeting point at CAT parking. The entrance ticket to the castle (7 euros) and the cost of the shuttle bus (1 euro) are excluded from the cost of the tour.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.28
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$37.28
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Puglia Full-Day Tour: Bari, Trulli of Alberobello, Castel del Monte and Sassi of Matera

Puglia Full-Day Tour: Bari, Trulli of Alberobello, Castel del Monte and Sassi of Matera

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Discover the highlights of Puglia on a private full-day tour from Bari. After a walking history tour of Bari’s old town, head inland to the medieval village of Aberobello, known for its distinctive prehistoric-style Trulli dwellings. Visit the ancient cave city at the Sassi of Matera, where homes and churches are carved directly to the rock in a complex stone labyrinth, and admire the World Heritage-listed Castel del Monte tucked into the Puglian hills. Throughout the day, enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide who can customize the tour based on your interests.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$350.19
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$350.19
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Tour with transfer Trani to Castel del Monte

Tour with transfer Trani to Castel del Monte

With our tour you can visit Trani and Castel del monte in just one day starting from Trani. The price includes the castle guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.64
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$105.64
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Private Tour: Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour

Private Tour: Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour

The Castel del Monte, a 13th-century castle known for its octagonal shape and its eight towers, is one of the most important medieval landmarks in southern Italy. On this private tour of the castle, you’ll admire its exterior, discover its interior (entry own expense), and learn all about its colorful history from your guide. Pick your own departure time to suit your schedule, and get up close and personal with the UNESCO-listed site.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.48
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$214.48
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TRANI and Castel Del Monte UNESCO from your accomodation

TRANI and Castel Del Monte UNESCO from your accomodation

The historic town of Trani and UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte are two of the most alluring sights in Puglia, but visiting them both in one day by train or bus can be frustrating. With this driving tour, enjoy convenient pickup at the location of your choice and hassle-free transportation via air-conditioned private minivan. Explore the seaside town and castle at your own pace, with time to shop, dine, and take photos.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.55
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$180.55
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Tour with transfer from Bari to Castel del Monte

Tour with transfer from Bari to Castel del Monte

Our tour with transfer allows you to visit with a tour guide Castel del monte by moving from Bari comfortably by minivan
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.32
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$160.32
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Alberobello and Castel del Monte Private Day Tour from Rome

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Alberobello and Castel del Monte Private Day Tour from Rome

Alberobello, in the region of Puglia in Southern Italy, is a strange and picturesque destination, which is becoming an important fixture on travel itineraries, as well as independent travelers. The small town has been included in the UNESCO world heritage site. Looking like igloos, constructed out of pure stone, the beehive-shape structures, have origins that dates back to the 15th century and maybe older. You can not find trulli nowhere else in the world When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of the layout and the perfectly regular shape. A piece of medieval military architecture, the Islamic and the European Cistercian Gothic.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$673.72
$842.15
$168.43 savings
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$673.72
$842.15
$168.43 savings
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The Charm and Mystery of Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour

The Charm and Mystery of Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour

Get up close and personal with one of southern Italy’s most significant medieval landmarks on this in-depth tour of the Castel del Monte in Puglia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 13th-century hilltop castle is renowned for its unique octagonal construction and fusion of different architectural traditions. In the company of your guide, explore inside and out, admire views overlooking the countryside, and learn all about its unusual history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.36
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$202.36

Castel del Monte

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Castel del Monte "The Citadel of Mysteries" Private Tour from Rome

This fascinating castle built by Frederick II is a masterpiece of medieval architecture, a symbol of Puglia and, since 1996, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The great Emperor Frederick II, known as Stupor Mundi - Wonder of the World, is the "father" of Castel del Monte, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The extraordinary fortress sits on a gentle, green hill in the National Park of Alta Murgia, about 20 km (50 mi) away from Andria. The fortress might have been used as an astronomical observatory or as an imposing hunting lodge. Its mysterious octagonal base sets it significantly apart from all the other castles in Puglia. Castel del Monte is protected by splendid mythological creatures which adorns the keystones in the inside halls and the coral crushed stone doorframes. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Castel del Monte is a successful blend of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic Orient and north European Cistercian Gothic.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$639.79
$799.74
$159.95 savings
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$639.79
$799.74
$159.95 savings
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Castel del Monte walking tour at sunset

Castel del Monte walking tour at sunset

Walking tour at the UNESCO site Castel del Monte at the sunset with a licensed tour guide that will lead you to discover the history of the place and the view
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.23
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$24.23
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2 days mini tour from Trani to Castel del Monte and surroundings

2 days mini tour from Trani to Castel del Monte and surroundings

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If you are in trani and you want to explore the surrounding area, this is the tour for you. We will show you the city of Trani, the famous octagonal castle Castel del monte and the city of Barletta, an authentic discovery. You will taste the typical products of this part of Puglia such as the extra virgin olive oil of the variety "cultivar coratina", the "confetti" sugared almonds and the delicious burrata cheese from Andria.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$559.26
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$559.26
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Excursion and Trekking in Castel del Monte

Excursion and Trekking in Castel del Monte

our tour, will make you live unique experiences in a unique territory, whether you do it by day or by night, With the full moon or under the stars with torches, by day with the sun or rain. you can customize it with guides in English or Spanish, adding lunches or dinners in a farm with local products. the 8 km basic route can be extended to reach a total of 20 km.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.65
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$18.65
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Castles of Puglia Day Trip from Bari

Castles of Puglia Day Trip from Bari

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From the UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte to a number of medieval–era fortresses, Puglia offers an array of destination-worthy castles. Get out of Bari, and enjoy a direct passport to the sights, on this full-day tour. After pickup at your accommodation, you’ll visit the distinctive Castel del Monte before continuing up the coast to Bitonto, Bisceglie, Trani, and Barletta.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$198.86
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$198.86
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Two Unesco sites in Southern Italy

Two Unesco sites in Southern Italy

The breathtaking landscape of a road that, passing through the Alta Murgia National Park, arrives first in Altamura and then in Matera. The opportunity to visit, on the same day, two places in Southern Italy declared World Heritage Site, conveniently accompanied and guided by an official guide.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.29
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$124.29
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Excursion and Trekking to the Bauxite Quarries

Excursion and Trekking to the Bauxite Quarries

Our staff is made up of boys of friends, graduates for the roles they hold within the Association. They are motivated by a passion for our territory.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.56
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$248.56
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Charming Apulia Exclusive and customized tours

Charming Apulia Exclusive and customized tours

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I will be your tour angel who will take you around Puglia through the most beautiful and significant places in this fascinating region. Personalized or themed tours to let you experience the emotions that only this land can give you. The contact with nature, the crystalline sea, the characteristic villages that preserve their ancient history and local traditions intact. The healthiest and tastiest gastronomy in all of southern Italy, with products from the sea and the land. The setting of the evening gives these places a unique magic that is reflected in its numerous castles, in its watch towers on the sea, in the premises of the youthful nightlife, in the stone of ancient Romanesque cathedrals and in its people always cheerful and welcoming. Contact me and your vacation in Puglia will be unforgettable and ... if you want it ...... I will make you feel real Apulian.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$466.05
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$466.05
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Excursions in the Alta Murgia National Park

Excursions in the Alta Murgia National Park

The paths are immersed in the Alta Murgia National Park, walking you have the feeling of being in a large open space in which to wander with your gaze towards infinite horizons characterized by the pungent smells of mint and wild thyme in the intense green of the wheat fields or rocky pastures between the evident yellow of the ferula, meeting orchids and cricket hawks. In this land, emperors, farmers, shepherds, lumberjacks, together with the climate, have made the landscape and its culture unique. On the way you will meet beautiful farms, you will cross oak forests, along the ancient sheep tracks of transhumance you will discover jazzi and post offices, you will walk along panoramic mule tracks and among the wheat fields you will admire ancient straw hay and fish. On the hills, flocks of sheep will mingle with the characteristic sharp rocks that give this territory its name (murex = murice> murgia).
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  • 2 to 6 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.59
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$60.59
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3 days of exploration from the Adriatic Sea to the Alta Murgia National Park

3 days of exploration from the Adriatic Sea to the Alta Murgia National Park

3 days of trekking to discover Imperial Puglia, its rural and wild landscapes, its ancient maritime and Murgian culture. The feeling will be that of being in a large open space in which to wander with your gaze towards infinite horizons characterized by the pungent smells of mint and wild thyme in the intense green of the wheat fields or rocky pastures between the evident yellow of the ferula, meeting orchids and lesser kestrels. In this land, emperors, farmers, shepherds, lumberjacks, together with the climate, have made the landscape and its culture unique.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.17
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$121.17
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Experience Puglia 1 week Tour

Experience Puglia 1 week Tour

A holiday that enables you to savour the flavours, scents and sites of this wonderful area of Italy at it's best. I like giving my guests the best possible feel for Puglia where they can be in touch with the real Apulian life, meeting locals, admiring hidden corners and eating in selected restaurants where it's difficult to find many tourists with a guidebook in their hands. One doesn't feel like a tourist who is tramping around a pre-set journey. I'll take care of everything, including your accommodation, airport collection and I'll be more than pleased to lead you through a fantastic itinerary of discovery of the beautiful places, landscapes and extraordinary gourmet food of Puglia. Small group tour not larger than 6 people.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$2,422.24
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$2,422.24
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Discovering the best of Puglia in a Small Group 6 Days 5 Nights

Discovering the best of Puglia in a Small Group 6 Days 5 Nights

Puglia is rich in historic and cultural treasures, and known for its dazzling coastline and superb cuisine. With this multi-day tour, take in the best of the region without the hassle of travel planning. Arrive in Bari via high-speed train from Rome and visit highlights like the UNESCO-listed towns of Alberobello and Matera, the baroque jewel of Lecce, and the whitewashed villages of Locorotondo and Ostuni.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,937.55
Price varies by group size
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$1,937.55
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 Discover Apulia: The Heel of Italy

Discover Apulia: The Heel of Italy

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This tour offers you the possibility to visit in 8 days the cities of Andria, Trani and Barletta, with guided excursions. You can do local experience tours and know the typical tradition in the field of food and drink, like mozzarella cheese and olive farm tour; this package also offers the opportunity to experience Puglia folk dances course in the name of its traditions and culture. In addition, it is possibile to enjoy the view of the city from the sea, making a boat guided tour from the port of Trani, with an extension of the visit to other cities like Barletta or Molfetta.
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  • 8 days
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$9,451.48
per group
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$9,451.48
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5 DAYS TOUR UNESCO WONDERS OF PUGLIA & MATERA Small group tour

5 DAYS TOUR UNESCO WONDERS OF PUGLIA & MATERA Small group tour

The best way to visit in only 5 days the top attractions of Puglia and Basilicata such as Bari, Alberobello, Matera, Lecce, Ostuni, Trani and Castel del Monte. This tour is in sharing in a small group of max 8 people and it starts every tuesday and saturday.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,514.66
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From
$1,514.66
Price varies by group size
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Castel del Monte hours of operation: Daily Apr–Sept 10:15am–7:45pm; Oct–March 9am–6.30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.