Monopoli Travel Guide

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Monopoli Things to Do

  • San Domenico

    The church of San Domenica that we see here today dates largely from around 1580, a replacement for an earlier church built just outside the town walls by the Dominican friars and dedicated to Santa Maria Nova. This earlier church, like all the buildings in that location, was destroyed in 1529 when the city was under siege from the Spanish army...

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  • Crypt of Madonna del Soccorso

    We came across the small entrance to this crypt while walking towards the cathedral and our eyes were taken by the faded fresco above (photo four), so we descended the steep staircase to find something rather special. We paid the €1 per person requested by the guide who then proceeded to explain, in Italian, all about it. A sea channel once came...

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  • Duomo

    Monopoli’s cathedral dates from the 18th century (completed in 1770) and is Baroque in style. It was built on the site of an earlier one, from the 12th century, and stands in a small square (albeit large in contrast to much of the old town), one side of which is protected by a high ornamental wall said to have been built to shelter worshippers from...

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  • Santa Maria del Suffragio

    Just a short distance from the cathedral is the 17th century church of Santa Maria del Suffragio, also often known as the Purgatory Church or simply del Purgatorio. You can’t miss it as your eye will surely be drawn to the skeletons on its doors (see photo three). The doors’ stone frame too is carved with skulls and bones, and the inscription...

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  • Cala Porta Vecchia

    One of the prettiest scenes in Monopoli is this, the view from Cala Porta Vecchia, the road that skirts the small city beach, of the old fortifications and the traditional white houses within. These fortifications were built by the Aragonese, who ruled here prior to the Venetians, to protect the town from raiders attacking from the sea. They were...

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  • Castle of Carlo V

    On the headland between the city beach (to the south) and old port (to the north is Monopoli’s castle. This is probably the oldest inhabited part of the town, as traces of village huts dating back to the Bronze Age have been found here. A Norman-Swabian castle on this spot was destroyed by the townspeople during an insurrection in 1414, but in...

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  • Porto Antico

    Monopoli’s old port is still today a hive of boat-related activity. Even during the post-lunch siesta time when we visited, when much of the town was somnambulant, there were some boats moving around on the water. Most are painted a bright shade of blue, making for a cheerful scene. A stroll beside the port will offer some good photo opportunities....

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  • Zoosafari!

    While in Italy, we visited a Zoosafari in Fasano, just a few kilometers from our temporary home in Capitolo. Like other zoos in the world, it has bears, lions, zebras, giraffes, kangaroos and various other animals from over the world. Unlike other zoos I have visited, the Fasano Zoosafari allows you to drive through the cages (hence the name...

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  • Adriatic Beaches

    Long stretches of sandy beaches, interspersed with rocky cliffs and outcroppings describes the coast around Capitolo. Most of the beaches are topless, so wear suntan oil on your sensitive spots!There are several big popular beaches, but also numerous tiny, secluded little spots hidden among the rocky shoreline.

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  • Roman ruins at Egnazia

    Egnazia, just a few short miles south of Capitolo is home to an ancient & impressive excavated city. Though the remains of the buildings and other structures dates from before 100 AD, there is evidence of civilization here 1200 to 1300 years before Christ! The city was built along the water as a port and was surrounded by a stone wall carved from...

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  • Side trip to Alberobello

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alberobello boasts numerous unique "Trulli" style stone huts. With its origins in prehistoric times, trulli huts have survived to be functional buildings of modern times. Not only is this area a World Heritage Site, it is also a significant tourist attraction of southeastern Italy. Some claim the stone houses...

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  • Beautiful Beachside Mansions

    While in the area, I loved to walk and jog along the beaches with my camera. I really liked the beauty of the coastal mansions. Many had their own private beaches or inlets with a few small boats. Here are just a few photos of the beautiful seaside houses.

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  • The Purgatory Church

    Next to the cathedral there is a church called Del Purgatorio e.g. Purgatory – with images of skeletons on its doors. It is open for mass only 6 – 7PM and I strongly recommend to visit it during the time. Inside you will find familiar Baroque interior(still under restoration) but on the adjusting chapel you will find mummies of some local citizens...

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  • Old Monòpoli Walking Tour Part 2

    Mura Santa Maria brings you to the Castello Carlo V with mighty walls and impressive towers. Construction of the castle begun in 1552, it was completed around 1660. The fortress incorporated, during Aragonese times, in its imposing polygonal shape, some of the oldest preexistence. Inside the castle there is a small museum. Next to the Castello you...

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  • Old Monòpoli Walking Tour Part 1

    Monòpoli’s Centro Storico is an amazing place. It is picturesque, clean, safe and fun to explore. There are 19 medieval churches in the Old Town and countless cobblestone alleys. Let’s start our tour form Piazza Manzoni. Via Cathedrale brings you to the small square. Here you will find wonderful Cathedrale Maria della Madia, the construction of...

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Monopoli Hotels

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  • Hotel Residence Club Porto Giardino

    Contrada Lamandia 16/A, Monopoli, 70043, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Il Trappetello

    s.s. 16 Assunta Paterno, Monopoli, 70043, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Il Melograno

    Masseria Torricella Contrada Toricelli, Monopoli,

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

Monopoli Restaurants

  • Lunch in the sun

    It was a real treat to be able to sit outside for lunch in early April and we chose this restaurant for that reason and for its wide selection of light meals, mainly sandwiches and salads. It proved a good choice, with tasty food, a good local beer to try and very reasonable prices. I had one of the salads, with rocket, cheese, slices of crisp...

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  • Best gelato in town?

    We had spotted this traditional looking gelateria in the Piazza Guiseppe Garibaldi when lunching there so returned a little later for our regular afternoon treat when in Italy. There was a good selection but not over-whelming. We both opted for a medium cup which has room for three flavours and costs €1.80. I had limone, pistachio and choc chip, of...

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  • Beachside restaurants

    My favorite thing about the Capitolo is the great restaurants on the Adriatic Sea. The feature a great blend of traditional Italian pastas and pizzas with local seafood. Pasta with squid or octopus is a favorite. Local stone oven pizza is different than we find in America, but very delicious. Most restaurants don't open until late... maybe 6 or 7...

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Monopoli Nightlife

  • Peroni Nastro Azzuro

    The first time I tried Nastro Azzuro beer the taste convinced me that this translated directly into "Nasty Azz" beer. I later found out this means "blue ribbon," but that doesn't make it taste any better. To give an idea of just how bad this beer is, it scores a 6 out of 100 on RateBeer.com, an almost unheard of score.The beer comes in a green...

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  • Avoid "The Lady"!

    No she's not a "lady of the night"... she's a lady of the bottle. Specifically, the wonderful, yet poisonous lady delicately displayed on the bottle of southern Italy's Amaro Lucano liquor.This potent pourable was first produced by the not-at-all famous Pasquale Vena in 1894. How it survived over 100 years no one knows. According to their website,...

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Monopoli Transportation

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    By train to Monopoli

    by toonsarah Written Apr 26, 2016

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    We travelled to Monopoli by train from Brindisi where we were staying for a long weekend. Both towns lie on the main Bari to Lecce line and trains are reasonably frequent, although somewhat erratic (e.g. you can find two trains less than 30 minutes apart and then a gap of over an hour), so it pays to check the timetable on TrenItalia’s website (link below) and plan in advance. Only the regional trains stop in Monopoli (from what I could see) so fares are uniform - €5.60 each way when we made the journey in April 2016. Journey times vary according to the number of stops made, but are somewhere between 40-50 minutes. If coming from Bari the journey takes just 25-35 minutes and fares in spring 2016 were €3.20 each way.

    Monopoli’s station lies on the western side of town. To reach the older and more interesting part takes about 15 minutes on foot along via Magenta or the parallel via Umberto I. Once you cross the large Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II you are on the fringes of the old town. Here the regular block pattern of streets breaks up completely and suddenly, and you find yourself in the maze of lanes and alleyways that I found such a delight to explore. It’s time to wander and you lose yourself here!

    Location of the station: http://binged.it/1VGGJTi and start of the old town: http://binged.it/22TgFCU on Bing map

    Next tip: the church of San Domenico

    Monopoli station Signs warn you not to cross the tracks, but ...

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Monopoli Local Customs

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    Money

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    Italian Money is called the "Lira" -- oops! I haven't been to Italy in a few years. Italian money is now called the Euro, and it's used by most of western Europe. I guess my Lira are collectors items now.

    Capitolo is such a small town, I don't remember too many banks or money exchanges (if any). I recall the front desk clerks exchanging money for us if we needed it. Credit cards are accepted by most restaurants, hotels, and other businesses.

    Obsolete Lira
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Monopoli Off The Beaten Path

  • Air raid shelter in Piazza Vittorio...

    In the north west corner of the large Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, just west of the old town, (see here on Bing map: http://binged.it/1MTh86h) is a steel plaque set in the ground. This is engraved with the first part of Article 11 of the Italian constitution which decries the horrors of war. It covers a former entrance to the air raid shelters which...

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  • Masseria Fortificata Spina

    One of the discoveries we?ve made in Apulia, was the masseria. It is typical feature of the Apulian countryside but you will not find the masserie anywhere else in Italy.The masseria, half farmhouse ? half castle, was the way to survive in the medieval Apulia. A masseria appears basically as a sort of self-sufficient citadel with defensive means,...

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  • Torre Masseria Spina Piccola

    When you finished exploring the first complex, leave the fortress and walk around it northwards. Wide path running along the fortifications brings you to the stone bridge. On the left you see old garden with the fruit trees and ahead, beyond the bridge – entrance to the underground caves covered with frescoes. The caves are the oldest part of the...

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Monopoli General

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    Centro Storico

    by toonsarah Updated May 8, 2016

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    Favorite thing: The little lanes and enclosed courtyards of Monopoli’s Centro Storico are packed with the sort of quaint details that I love to photograph – interesting architectural and decorative elements, pretty pots of flowers and so on. The courtyard names, by the way, all use “Chiasso” as the general term (where a street would be “Via”, for instance) – this is the Italian for noise or a din, but I have learned from VT friend rosata that it is also used in place of vicolo, meaning alley or lane.

    Most of my pictures were taken in the lanes between the city beach and old port, several of them in Chiasso San Vito off the street of the same name. The first one however was taken near the Piazza Guiseppe Garibaldi. If you like these sorts of details as much as I do you might enjoy my travelogue where I have included some more of my favourites.

    Next tip: lunch at Premiato Caffe Venezia

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