Monopoli

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Monopoli showing a coastal town

Embark on guided tours of old churches, inspect artifacts on display in the museums and climb to the castle summit.

Monopoli is a stunning town recognizable from its historic white and brown structures and seafront walls overlooking the scenic Adriatic Coast. Castles and palaces adorn the Old Town area, while the spectacular Monte San Nicola Faunal Reserve straddles the municipality. Get a sense of the local culture with a trip to the various museums and churches.

Among the highlights within the walled Old Town is the Cathedral Basilica of S.S. Mary of Madia. Admire its neoclassical façade, with pillars flanking the main portal. Enter this holy site to see the polychrome décor of the altar and marvel at the acclaimed works of art that decorate the church interior.

Continue on the ecclesiastical theme with a trip to the Cathedral of Romualdo Museum. Explore its fascinating archeological artifacts and tombs dating back thousands of years. Nearby is the 18th-century Salviamo San Salvatore. Take a guided tour for a comprehensive understanding of the church, its history and its reputable art.

Stroll along the defensive walls that run parallel to the coast. Lay down a blanket on the sandy beach for a picnic and cool down with a swim in the Adriatic Sea. Here, you will find the 16th-century Charles V Castle, which has a wonderful viewing platform at its summit. Enjoy the thrill of a soccer game at the Stadio Vito Simone Veneziani, where local team S.S. Monopoli 1966 plays.

For a change of scenery, head to the western outskirts of the town and relax in the green and spacious Parco Belvedere Lama. This vast urban park is home to many wild donkeys.

Find the town in the region of Puglia in the southeastern part of Italy’s Adriatic Coast. It is at the northern end of the Salento heel at the bottom of the country’s topographical boot. Arrive via train to Monopoli Railway Station or get here by car from Bari in about 30 minutes.

Monopoli is a preserved gem with a scenic coastline and intriguing historic center.

Where to stay in Monopoli

Torre Cintola Natural Sea Emotions
Torre Cintola Natural Sea Emotions
4 out of 5
The price is £80 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
This family-friendly Monopoli hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lido Porto Giardino and Cala Verde. Lido Santo Stefano and Porto Ghiacciolo are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)
Super Clean and an absolutely perfect break
"Amazing stay, really comfortable and clean rooms. Amazing amenities on-site, particularly the pool area and kids play area. Well maintained grounds and very friendly staff. Will definately return."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

Torre Cintola Natural Sea Emotions
Palazzo Indelli
Palazzo Indelli
4 out of 5
Piazza Garibaldi 27, Monopoli, BA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £111 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in Centro Storico, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral Basilica of SS. Mary of Madia and Spiaggia Cala Porta Vecchia. Egnazia Archeological ...
4.3/5Excellent! (115 reviews)
Perfect short break
"I had a wonderful few days at Palazzo Indelli. The staff were all so helpful and friendly and made me feel really welcome. My room was perfect and always very clean. The restaurant and bar are also great, again with extremely friendly staff, delicious food and good wine. Monopoli is a beautiful city, ..."

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2020

Palazzo Indelli
Don Ferrante - Dimore di Charme
Don Ferrante - Dimore di Charme
5 out of 5
Via S Vito 27, Monopoli, BA
The price is £191 per night from 15 Oct to 15 Oct
Located in Centro Storico, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Spiaggia Cala Porta Vecchia, Cathedral Basilica of SS. Mary of Madia and Cathedral ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (68 reviews)
"Fantastic hotel in a perfect location with excellent staff. Absolutely faultless."

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

Don Ferrante - Dimore di Charme
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Albergo Diffuso Monopoli
Albergo Diffuso Monopoli
Chiasso Carmelano 1, Monopoli, BA
The price is £67 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in Centro Storico, this beach apartment building is steps away from Cathedral of Romualdo Museum and Cathedral Basilica of SS. Mary of Madia. Acquapark ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (94 reviews)
Anniversary in Monopoli
"Hotel picked us up from the train station. Quick check in. And then took us to our room which had just been recently renovated Our room had a beautiful view from the balcony overlooking Garibaldi Square. They surprised us with a note wishing us Happy Anniversary and a bottle of champagne. Made our ..."

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2019

Albergo Diffuso Monopoli
Santa Maria 24 - Luxury Apartments
Santa Maria 24 - Luxury Apartments
Via Santa Maria, 24, Monopoli, Bari
The price is £136 per night from 21 Sep to 21 Sep
Located in Centro Storico, this beach aparthotel is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) from Castellana Caves and 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from Zoosafari. Monopoli Station is 16 minutes ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)
Great Stay
"Excellent experience. I needed a last-minute place to stay during a road trip in Puglia and this was the perfect solution. I booked the same day and arrived later in the evening and Patricia at the front desk was incredibly helpful both in terms of generously finding a place for me to park and in ..."

Reviewed on 26 May 2021

Santa Maria 24 - Luxury Apartments
Villa al Capitolo in Residence Parco Azzurro
Villa al Capitolo in Residence Parco Azzurro
SP 163, Monopoli, Puglia
Situated by the ocean, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lido Porto Giardino and Spiaggia di Torre Egnazia. Cala Verde and Acquapark Egnazia are also within ...
Villa al Capitolo in Residence Parco Azzurro
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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