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Apulia - La Finestra Sul Mare

Monopoli, Italy
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About Apulia - La Finestra Sul Mare
“Apulia – La Finestra sul mare” was founded in Monopoli in August 2013, with the aim of offering the visitor a range of services to enjoy the gorgeous beauties of a land rich in History, Art, Culture, Traditions and Taste. A land that you can explore thanks to expert guides of the area, capable of revealing stories and emotions hidden behind a dry stone wall, an environment excavated in the rock, a painted wall, a picture, a tower or olive tree shaped by time. Evidences of a past rich in history and tradition, deeply rooted in the land of Puglia that has always been a “bridge” between East and West. We like to explore it from our “finestra sul mare” (window on the sea), offering our guests the opportunity to get an authentic experience! “Apulia – La Finestra sul mare” takes care of services for tourism with a lot of partners as the Aps Koine, but it takes care also of handicraft and Apulian typical products. In our shop, in the heart of Monopoli historical centre, you can find original handicraft creations and tasty typical products of our culinary tradition like extra virgin oil that comes from our centenary olive trees, wines of first selection, handmade pasta and more. All products are carefully selected by “Apulia – La Finestra sul mare”, a young company employing a young team desirous to increase our net of relationships to offer always the best to the visitors.
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The tour, departing from Via Porto, in the historic center of Monopoli, is a journey through time among fortified farmhouses, ancient hypogeum oil mills, frescoed rock churches and ancient olive trees. An emotional journey that will make you discover authentic places of this foreshortening in Puglia, along country roads and ancient sheep tracks. The bike tour includes several stages, including a cave church with frescoes from the Middle Ages, a 13th century underground oil mill and a farm surrounded by over two thousand millennial olive trees. A relaxing cycle ride through nature, in the shade of centuries-old olive and carob trees, almond trees, figs and prickly pears, along secondary roads and old beaten earth paths lined with dry stone walls.
These are authentic places, private properties where it would not be possible to enter independently, but which it is possible to discover and admire in the company of our expert tourist guides.
Difficulty: low
Distance: about 20 km
Minimum age: 12 years
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Sallyspeight wrote a review Sep 2020
Portsmouth, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
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Claire,Tim, Simon and myself went on two bike trips with Antonella and Gianni. Claire and Tim went last year.. Antonella knew so much about the area and was so informative about everything. She was just so passionate, captivating and welcoming. It Just made both our trips so interesting. We cycled over 55km over the two trips. We sampled delicious food and wine and she took us to family run businesses all of which were so fascinating. The cycling then boat trip was great fun with a dive in the sea with snorkelling was perfect and just about dodged the storm in the distance!! These trips are a must and without a doubt made our holiday. Do not hesitate to book up. We will definitely book again next time we come. Thank you Antonella and Gianni xx
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Response from Fearless34355949048, Owner at Apulia - La Finestra Sul Mare
Responded Oct 12, 2020
Thanks Sally! It was a pleasure meet you and Simon!
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ClaireTimFerris wrote a review Sep 2020
Maidstone, United Kingdom28 contributions29 helpful votes
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Wow, we visited Monopoli again this year and immediately decided to visit the wonderful Antonella and Gianni, to book 2 bike tours in our week’s holiday, after booking with them last year. They both remembered us and immediately made us feel welcome. We booked the Bike & Boat tour and also the Bike & Taste tour. We were a party of 4, 2 couples. The Bike & Boat tour took us safely through the beautiful countryside of olive trees, enjoying the smells and sights of Puglia. We visited the Egnazia trail, beaches, troglodyte caves and churches showing us amazing frescos on the walls, hidden within private residences. We visited the archeological site at Egnazia and finally arrived at Savalletri to catch our boat to return to Monopoli. We stepped on board, riding the waves stopping along the way to enjoy some local snacks, focaccia and lovely local wine, then plunging into the sea for a relaxing refreshing swim. Arriving back to Monopoli where Gianni greeted us in the harbour and walking back to their pretty authentic shop to sample more local produce available to buy. Which of course we did! The Bike & Taste tour, slightly more challenging but still manageable for our middle aged fitness levels! We caught a taxi pre arranged by Antonella and Gianni within the hills where they met us with the bikes, ready to go. Within a short distance we visited Maria on her farm, an amazing hard working woman, making her own cheese and bread, from her own cows. Luckily we were able to see her twin day old calves! She provided a wonderful tasting of her delicious products and of course we bought some cheese. A friendly, warm, welcoming lady despite the language barrier. Up and down a few hills, visiting an amazing church with incredible views. The following trail a long downhill ride through the 1000 year old olive trees until we reached a fortified farm, botanical gardens and finally reaching the Lapietra tomato farm, an innovation in farming growing without soil. The immense greenhouses with towering tomato vines, and yet again more local tasting of the delicious tomatoes. Mr Lapietra himself giving us a tour of the factory and generously giving us a punnet each of cherry tomatoes to take home. We cycled back towards Monopoli for a well earned beer and more local produce to sample at La Finestra sur Mare. Antonella is fabulous, she speaks fluent English and even laughed at our jokes! Made us feel so comfortable, like we were best of friends. Her knowledge and passion is evident, she knows everything about the local history! Gianni her husband is just as lovely, conscientious and on hand with any bike problems! They will ride at your pace and accommodate any stops along the way keeping everyone together safely. Water is provided along with helmets and high vis jackets if required. I can not recommend them enough. They are perfectly situated within the old town and nothing is too much trouble to ask. They made our holiday super special. Thank you so much Antonella and Gianni! X
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Response from Fearless34355949048, Owner at Apulia - La Finestra Sul Mare
Responded Oct 12, 2020
You are really Amazing Claire and Tim!! We enjoyed a lot with you and we are very happy to met you again this year!
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FredDewaele wrote a review Aug 2020
17 contributions38 helpful votes
We had a wonderfull bike trip with Antonella. She knows everything about the region, is well educated, speaks English fluently and is a better biker then we are...😉. Special thanks to Benny the boatsman!
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Response from Fearless34355949048, Owner at Apulia - La Finestra Sul Mare
Responded Oct 12, 2020
Thanks Fred!
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anne2880 wrote a review Jul 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark25 contributions18 helpful votes
Great biking tour in the countryside of Monopoli. We did about 24km in the hot afternoon but it was no problem with plenty of water and interesting stops. The fantastic guides took us to places that are not open to the public including old fortified farms with underground churches and olive mills. Thank you Antonella and Gianni - we will for sure come back for another tour
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CLNYC85 wrote a review Sep 2019
New York City, New York186 contributions65 helpful votes
I highly recommend this bike tour through the Monopoli countryside. The thousand year old olive trees were amazing and the stops at the Masseria with the grotto church and other surprises were incredible and the guides were so informative. I learned a lot and had so much fun.. The tour exceeded my expectations and ended with a lovely tasting of Apulian products with the ability to purchase them. Truly a special experience!!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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