About This Listing
Monopoli is the southern port of the Bari area. After the destruction of Egnathia, an ancient city of Messapi in strong connection with the greeks, its inhabitants fled to Monopoli, from which it derives its name as only (monos) city (polis). For centuries it has been one of the most important harbor in Apulia, even though for its strategic position was usually attacked by Barbary corsairs.
Since the XI century it hosts the bishop's diocese, and in the XV century it came under the Venetian control becoming one of the most important seaports on the Adriatic Sea as a base between Bari and Brindisi. The city saw also the Spanish domination: in this period the Aragonese transformed radically the historical center building a castel and improving the defensive system as you can see even nowadays.
Monopoli is today one of the most appreciated touristic destination because of its history and the beauty of the coast: a constellation of tiny creeks and sandy beaches. Also the nightlife with pubs and clubs along the seaside is well appreciated.
The city hosts many touristic attraction like: the Charles V Castel, The Gerosolomitano Hospital (1350), the S. Jacob Hospital, Palmieri Palace, the Comunal Biblioteque, the Sant Stephen abbey, the reinassance city walls.
Among the churces it worth a visit the Cathedral which is a Baroque architecture, the S. Maria Amalfitana Basilica, a rare piece of Romanic architecture, the SS. Apostoli Pietro e Paolo church with its paleocristian architecture.
We would suggest also a visit of the near towns like Polignano a Mare (the Mr. Volare city) with its high cliffs overlooking the sea, Castellana Grotte with the famous caves and Alberobello, the Unesco city. Among art and history you might also have a visit to the Fasano’s Zoosafari which can be the best choice for childrens and adults…
Touristic attractions in the area
In a range of 20-30 km you can visit the most famous places in Puglia:
* zoo-Safari Fasano
* Trulli di Alberobello
* archeological site of Egnazia
* Castellana’s caves
* Itria Valley
* * Ostuni, the white city
* Conversano with its romanic cathedral, the baroque cloister and the medieval castel
* Polignano a mare
Rispetto degli ambienti e del'arredo
The stay at Marias appartment in Puglia was fantastic. We are made very welcome, we were kindly picked up at Monopoli train station by someone who I think was a local celebrity. We are dropped of at the apartment where we were greated by Maria. After showing us around the apartment she took us on a tour of the town, she even helped us choose somewhere for lunch. She asked the the waitress to serve us a speciality dish of sea food.
Monopoli was a great place to stay and is also very good location to catch trains to other areas in Puglia. We recommend going to Polignano a Mare and Lecce. Make full use the the bikes the Maria may kindly offer, there are many great beaches traveling south. The longer you stay in Monopoli. The more you love it.
Maria and her husband were there to pick us up and take luggage. He took us out for a quick and fantastic gelato at his favorite gelateria. fantastic reception.
Monopoli è una cittadina incantevole ed è il punto di partenza ideale per visitare la Puglia.
Oltre ad essere stato ristrutturato in modo intelligente e sostenibile, l'appartamento di Maria è situato molto bene, nel bel mezzo delle viuzze e piazzette bianche e animate. L'accoglienza del marito di Maria è gentile e premurosa. Le bici a disposizione un vero plus!
Un ottimo indirizzo per trascorrere una vacanza serena. Grazie Maria e Pino, torneremo!
The apartment was beautifully decorated and clean. Enjoyed the simple decorations for the holiday season.
We made dinner one evening and the accommodations were fine in the kitchen. The entry and foyer were warm and inviting. We were fortunate to have an Italian speaking daughter so Maria communicated everything with her. Love the multiply floors. Bikes we could have ridden and would have loved to but the 2-4 inches of snow prevented that adventure. First trip to Italy but loved the location and the setting. Narrow roads, tall buildings, interesting doors and shutters. Well marked apt. numbers and street signs. Restaurant just around down the street was excellent. Coffee bar, pharmacy, bakery and all you need within 4-6 blocks. Port close by to look at boats.
Grazie Glenn per la bella recensione che hai lasciato sul sito, sono molto contento che la brevissima vacanza nella mia casa ti sia piaciuta. Ti ringrazio di questo report in quanto ci hai trasmesso il piacere della tua vacanza. Spero di rivedervi presto nella nostra piccola città.
grande ospitalità e pronta a risolvere qualsiasi problema nonostante i giorni festivi.raccomandata
Posto stupendo , massima disponibilità e cortesia anche dei vicini. Perfetto,consigliatissimo.