Monopoli a "unique city" to be discovered, between art, faith, tradition and an incredibly crystalline sea.

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English, Italian
Guru: Eusto
Registered on September 22, 2022

Hi, I'm Eusto-FUD :) Passionate about history, art and nature, they are the key to knowing all the secrets of Puglia. Speleologist, advanced sommelier, oil taster, maître sabreur. With simplicity, I will explain the trulli, the food, the caves, the alleys, the churches and the monuments of a fantastic land called Puglia.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

With Eusto-FYD to discover the ancient fishing village, the true protagonists of the city's history. It is no coincidence that our tour touches the bas-relief placed on a facade of the 16th century Castle of Charles V. It portrays the fishermen of Monopoli at the time of the rescue of the shipwrecked Helenanna on August 28, 1971 off the coast towards Brindisi. Monopoli is a city rich in history and secrets such as the spring that miraculously gushes out in a corner of the old port. The same place where the raft that carried a Byzantine icon to safety still kept in the cathedral docked in 1117. These are the places of our visit, with a common thread linked to the patroness of the city. It is the icon of hodegetria, the Madonna of Constantinople here called "della Madia" from the Spanish almadìa which means raft. And the miraculous beams of his raft are still kept in the cathedral. The altar which dominates the central nave above preserves that venerated icon which is flanked by statues by Sammartino, the same as the Veiled Christ of Naples. Our route stops at the Purgatory church ☠️ to see the mummies and the splendid Leccese Baroque-style altar. And then, after a nice and easy walk, you go back to Piazza Garibaldi to see the civic tower and the pillory column (where they punished adulteresses and criminals) and the sundial (solar clock). And for those who follow in the footsteps of the Jews in Puglia ✡️ then let's talk about Isaac Habrabanel , let's see where the Jewish Ghetto was and the Rabbi's house, the stories of the first ship that left for Israel from here, the Dallin led by Captain Enrico Levi . Are you ready for a fascinating walk made up of stories, colors and perfumes? Contact me, for you I'm Eusto, the passionate guide of a territory waiting to be discovered. Oh I forgot! Haven't I explained enough about the Castle or rather the Castles of Monopoli? Do you think ghosts and their stories could have been missing? I'm waiting for you to tell you all about them 😉. And for those who love art, a visit to the Diocesan Museum is a must to see Mannerist paintings, bas-reliefs, the golden reliquary, the charta navigazionis (entrance 2 euros, reduced 1 euro). The departure is from the 🍦 Gelateria Gasperini in Largo Plebiscito 9, near the Town Hall . So the first stop is the opposite church of San Francesco d'Assisi. And what about the rose window of San Domenico or the charm of the Madonna del Socco, a Byzantine rock church (entrance for the visit is 1 euro per person). It is no coincidence that the Financial Times has consecrated Monopoli as a destination to visit. Together we can see and visit a city that has been underestimated for too long and is now a constant destination for tourists and cruise passengers eager to move through the alleys that have seen Arabs, Byzantines, Spaniards, Jews, Swabians and Angevins, Aragonese. Rulers who have left their mark on the art and monuments of the place.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Largo Plebiscito, 9, 70043 Monopoli B...
    Largo Plebiscito, 9, 70043 Monopoli BA, Italy
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    1.90m tall, bald but with a French goatee, I usually wear a cap and a dazzling smile. See you in front of the Gasperini ice cream parlor in front of the church of San Francesco d'Assisi near the Town Hall.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Largo Plebiscito
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Via Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Porto Vecchio
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Castello Carlo V
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Molo Margherita
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Cala Portavecchia
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Chiesetta di S. Maria del Suffragio o del Purgatorio
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Lungomare Santa Maria
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Chiesa di San Domenico
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Gabriela 13 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Excelente guia, conocia mucho la ciudad, tambien nos recomendo lugares para comer y comprar cerca
Esperanza 08 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
La experiencia visitando Monopoli de la mano de Eusto fue increbile. Volveré.
Michael 21 Oct 2023

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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
Because I was the only walker, I learned much about the history of Monopoli and had great conversation with Eusto. Highly recommend him as a guide for any/all of his tours.
Kathryn 18 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Very informative guide with a local. As we were just two, he could tailor trip to our interests. We learned a lot about the history of this beautiful seaside city. He also recommended places to eat at our request.
Mauro 17 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Monopoli is a book of stories and Eustachio knows them all 🤓 We strolled down through all of the sightseeings of Monopoli like watching a movie playing along thanks to Eustachio’s narrative. The energy and passion he has 4 his city makes the 2 hour walk in a time capsule adventure 👣 make sure to discover all of Monopoli’s hidden secret by the unique storytelling from the one and only Eustachio! 📖
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
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