Apulia Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended Apulia Museums & exhibitions

Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

1. Lecce: Baroque Architecture and Underground Walking Tour

The tour starts with a visit to the majestic Santa Croce Church, the jewel in the crown of Lecce’s Baroque architecture. From here, explore the nearby Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the former market square where you can find the Old Town Hall, the Roman Column, and the remains of a huge Roman amphitheater. Continue the tour with a walk through the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which boasts a stunning Baroque palazzi and the recently restored Sant’Irene Church. Arrive at the breathtaking Piazza Duomo next, one of the most critically praised buildings in Italy. See the Archbishop’s Residence, the Seminary, the Bell Tower, and the cathedral. Finally, visit the underground Jewish Museum and discover the town’s fascinating Jewish history.

Bari: Norman-Swabian Castle Tour with a Guide

2. Bari: Norman-Swabian Castle Tour with a Guide

It is impossible to miss one of the most emblematic symbols of the city of Bari, the Norman-Swabian Castle, an imposing fortress dating back to the 13th century, now turned into a museum. With its extensive moat it overlooks the gates of Bari Vecchia, flanking the perimeter of the city, which was defended by it since the Roman times. To the defensive function, the Normans added the monitoring of the territory. Afterwards, as the seat of the court of Isabella of Aragon, the Castle acquired a Renaissance style and was completed with the defensive wall, the corner bastions, the drawbridge and the quadrangular courtyard. The complete tour of the Castle (inside and outside) comes with the access to the Gipsoteca, an interesting collection of Romanesque sculptures and plaster casts, which reflect the details of the most important monuments of Puglia, from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century.

Matera: Guided Walking Tour of the Sassi with Light Lunch

3. Matera: Guided Walking Tour of the Sassi with Light Lunch

The Walking Guided Tour of the Sassi starts in Piazza Pascoli with a historical and anthropological introduction of the Sassi neighborhoods. The tour continues through the historic center. Along the way, the guide will illustrate Baroque churches such as the Church of Purgatory and the Church of San Francesco d'Assisi. After visiting Piazza Vittorio Veneto - the main square of the historic center - the guide will lead you to explore an extraordinary hypogeum environment and, afterward, typically furnished cave-house with household furniture and work tools used by farmers in the fields. Crossing the Barisano neighborhood you enter the Sasso Caveoso area, dominated by the Monterrone cliff. On the top of the cliff, as indicated by a wrought iron cross, there are two ancient places of worship: the two churches of Madonna dell'Idris and San Giovanni in Monterrone completely carved into the rock. The tour continues with the visit to a rock-hewn church. Enjoy a light lunch, sampling Matera's traditional food delicacies and pairing it with fine local wine, right at the end of your guided tour.

Melfi: Private Walking Culture and History Tour

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Apulia

Beautiful city. Our guide, Diletta, was courteous, professional, funny and super thorough. A tour that allowed us to get to know Lecce and its main characteristics, thus giving us the opportunity to better understand what we saw individually in the afternoon, walking around the city. Thanks Diletta!

We had the pleasure of having Luigi as a guide! He enchanted us from the first minute with the meticulous tales of history, legends, art, culture ..... with everything! 10 and praise to Luigi and thanks for the unforgettable hours spent together! Simply outstanding!

Wonderful day in Lecce, thanks also to the guidance of Prof. Luigi Bianco who with his professionalism allowed us to discover a splendid Lecce with its facets and details that we would not have been able to grasp on our own. Recommended visit

Unforgettable immersion in the art of Lecce, already wonderful in itself ... even more if accompanied by the talented Diletta!

Interesting and entertaining, Anna a charm and well formed. Positive activity and 100% recommended. Lecce is a delight.