Apulia Churches & cathedrals

Our most recommended Apulia Churches & cathedrals

Matera: Guided Tour of Sassi di Matera

1. Matera: Guided Tour of Sassi di Matera

Embark on a day out in Sassi and explore the ancient neighbourhoods with a live guide. See a series of grottoes carved out of limestone and marvel at the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso. Your tour will begin at the meeting point in Via Alessandro Volta. From here, your expert guide will lead you to the Church of San Francesco, situated in the historic centre of the city. Next, you’ll continue along a panoramic road comprised of narrow streets and winding alleys. After arriving at the Rupestre Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside: a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city. Afterwards, you’ll move on to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia "Pert P’stèl" to conclude your cultural adventure.

Bari: St. Nicholas Basilica and Crypt Guided Tour

2. Bari: St. Nicholas Basilica and Crypt Guided Tour

Discover every detail of the most important church in Bari, one of the most remarkable examples of Romanesque in the world, the first large Norman church in the South. Its grandeur is highlighted by the wide limestone facade and by multiple ornamental details, such as the Porta dei Leoni on the north side, decorated with bass relieves portraying chivalry scenes. Inside, large transverse arches and laboriously carved capitals will capture your attention, transforming themselves into the perfect frame of a fascinating journey into the cult of Saint Nicholas, between history and devotion. The tour ends with a visit to the famous crypt, which contains the relics of the Saint, and which inspired a legend telling the story of the spear of Longinus, a Roman soldier who pierced the side of Jesus on the Cross.

Melfi: Private Walking Culture and History Tour

3. Melfi: Private Walking Culture and History Tour

Start your tour of Melfi at the castle, one of the most important Italian medieval castles. See the 10 towers which surround the 11th-century castle and the 2nd-century sarcophagus made from Rapolla marble. Admire the deceased "sleeper" which is depicted on the lid. Continue to the national archaeological museum "Massimo Pallottino", to see the 6th and 7th-century funerary objects. Marvel at the ceramics with geometric decoration, bronze armors, precious ornaments in silver, gold, amber, and bronze vases of both Greek and Etruscan production. Next head into the village and see the 11th-century cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. Step inside, and see the beautiful Baroque wooden furniture collection, the bishop's chair, the pulpit, the organ, the ceiling, and the facade all built by the bishop Spinelli in the 18th-century.

Corigliano d’Otranto: A Corner of Greece in Italy

4. Corigliano d’Otranto: A Corner of Greece in Italy

Explore inside the historic center of Corigliano, a small town of Salento rich in history. You will begin your guided tour by visiting the 16th century Saint Nicholas of Myra church, famous for its relics. Saint Nicholas is also the patron saint of this town. Wander past the exterior of Palazzo Comi in San Nicola Square, which was built in the mid-1700s. Next, you will observe the clock tower and the ancient portal known as Arco Lucchetti. The portal was built in 1497 using three monolithic Lecce stones, that are well-preserved and form the lintel and two pillars in the lower half. The rich decoration of the portal stretches across the front and inside of the arches. Discover the symbol of Corigliano, the De Monti castle, the most beautiful monument of military and feudal architecture, built at beginning of the 16th century. The castle has a medieval origin, yet was radically restructured and enlarged between 1514 and 1519. Entirely surrounded by a moat, the castle boasts four circular towers at each corner, once used to defend against gunboats. Admire the  statues and read the accompanying commemorative inscriptions that were added to the castle by Duke Francesco Trane in 1667.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Our guide: GIUSY, very well prepared, passionate, nice, engaging, professional ... made us fall in love with this enchanting place that is Matera. A tour of 2 and a half hours going back in time, as if it were a beautiful documentary Brava Giusy !!!!! Highly recommended

Maria Teresa was our supurb guide through the 2 neighbourhoods of Matera. She was knowledgable, patient, kind and totally worth the drive to Matera. A++

If you're into history, it's a good experience, the guide was a historian, so you got full value for money.

Entertaining guide while still passing on some info about the history of Matera. Enjoyable.

Very nice and well known guide. The tour was very interesting