Centro Storico di Monopoli

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Rob
15 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Whitewashed, old, historic, stunning, cosy and very charming port town. Mix of local/ tourist daily way of life here.
I found the locals very helpful and friendly as its a plesure to get lost in the winding back streets of the old town.
No big sights to see but this adds to the overall package of this somewhat "secret gem "of a place.
Train station is very close and user friendly for folk who do not want to drive but want to visit other local towns.
Ostuni is on a train route and is one of the nicest hill towns we have ever seen.

Magnificent and Magic Monopoli.
Written June 15, 2022
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic5,672 contributions
Oct 2021
Enjoyable to stroll down this nice city even when the weather was not the best, drizzling and windy. Cobbled narrow streets, promenade around the sea, small churches, restaurants and bars make perfect mix for half or even full day trip. From Bari by train around 30 minutes. In front of the trains station small info kiosk (closing at noon for break), there you can get the map. But even without map you can easily navigate. Just follow signs. By the castle there is a small harbor.
Written October 28, 2021
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,580 contributions
Mar 2022
When you are around, take at least 1-2 hours to visit the charming historial center of Monoploi.
Highlights are th Porto Antico (old port) and the Carlo V Castle with the medieval city walls.
But also strolling through the narrow streets is highly recommended.
Written May 10, 2022
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ZBZ009
Sydney, Australia195 contributions
Jul 2020
Take your time, enjoy every little space and view. It's very beautiful and prepare many surprises. Loccal people are very nice and help to navigate. Friday and Saturday night were full, noise and unfortunatelly the day after very dirth....
Written July 17, 2020
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Sinead O
Dublin, Ireland125 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We stayed in Monopoli for 4 weeks and used it as a base for exploring Puglia. We stayed in old the historic town and just loved it. Loads of lovely walks, restaurants and little beaches. The people are absolutely wonderful. Couldn’t recommend visiting Monopoli enough!!
Written October 15, 2020
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Ez2ctheworld
Geneva, Switzerland191 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Nice seaside town with a castle and seawall and some nice streets to get lost in. Nothing bad to say about it, but this place is not really a must or even a should see. Go to Polignano a Mare just 5 minutes away. That is much better.
Written December 19, 2021
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katie k
County Limerick, Ireland114 contributions
Sep 2020
The historical centre is great, full of life. Mix of locals and tourists living throughout the area. Fabulous costal views, narrow streets, cafes and restaurants dotted throughout which really come to life in the evening. Lovely picturesque old port with its clear waters and blue boats. The buildings from the past are used to their best potential. Numerous photo opportunities in this lovely area, narrow streets, arches, views.
Written September 12, 2020
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Milton Kanno
Sao Paulo, SP10,063 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
If you arrive by foot there is a sign maping the whole place and showing the way you have to follow to see the main spots. White stone on walls and all over the paths, small houses with façades full of flowers Will be a highlight to take pictures. Calm and peaceful even on weekends. Nice place to visit.
Written September 23, 2019
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,868 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
In the beautiful region of Puglia, South Italy, nearest the big city of Bari, there is the fantastic Monopoli.
Written October 8, 2019
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Rasputin21
Melbourne, Australia2,194 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Monopoli is 30km south east of Bari and it is easy to get to if your base is Bari. There are 48 trains leaving from Bari Centrale for Monopoli. The journey takes 31 minutes.

If you are driving, then parking is where you can find it. There is metered parking around the tree lined Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle II.

There is a bus from the station to Piazzale Christoforo Columbus but the timetable is unknown and most people take one of the numerous taxis that are outside the station.

Walking through Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle II you will come to Via Vincenza which is the division between new town and Paese Vecchio.

This is where the fun begins. The lanes twist and turn on themselves and you will spend a lot of time getting to the various places of interest.

You can conduct your own walking tour by following a route to discover the votive aediculars (small temple) which reflect the Madonna della Madia. People put these aediculars outside their homes and they are also under archways, on the murattiano or in other places in the town. The arch of Sallustio in Via Barbicana 61 has a aedicular on one side and a series of fading frescoes on the other. These will soon be lost in time.

Most people head to the Basilica perhaps passing the Church of San Francesco. The Basilica of Maria Santissima della Madia was built in 1693. It has a lovely exterior and the interior is sumptuous. You can see two altars. One at the floor level and then to the right there are stairs which lead up to a chapel with the Byzantine Madonna. The Aedicolas represent this Madonna. From this chapel you have a good view of the nave of the church and the rose window. Before you ascend the stairs to the upper chapel, you will note a photographic depiction of the statues that ring the wall surrounding the piazza in front of the Cathedrale. Here too you will see a block of wood on a pedestal. This is part of the 32 Madia that were found on the beach and used in the construction of the roof of the church. The Madia are also used to carry the Madonna during festivals. The room on the right has a stack of the beams together with other religious artefacts.

Continue down Via Papacenere leading you behind the walls and onto the Lungomare sea front promenade. Here you will find the Church of Santa Maria della Zaffira and a cannon mounted bastion. Under this you will see the sea gate.

The Castle is located in Largo Castello and this only used for exhibitions. There is an archway next to the Castle and this leads to the port. From here you wind your way back through the twisting lanes noting that the doorways are covered with beautiful lace curtains and open straight into the houses.

Palazzo Palmeri in the largest square is now crumbling and not worth paying money to visit until, and if it is ever restored. The floors are worn and there is only one room with some ancestorial portraits and a family chapel. The other rooms are worn out and have nothing of value in them.

You will find much more to interest you in Monopoli than in Polignano e Mare - whose claim to fame is merely the overpriced cave restaurant.

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Written October 23, 2018
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