The Puglia/Molise region
Puglia is a wonderful area to consider. It offers at least one excellent archeological museum, a host of cathedrals dating back to the 10th century, Greek and Roman ruins, a gleaming necklace of lively fishing villages, one of Europe's largest forests, a chain of medieval hilltowns, and some of the very cleanest beaches and water in the Mediterranean.
The Monopoli area
Monopoli is a very nice town on the sea, famous, apart for its beaches and clean waters, also for its baroque churches.
What to see:
- CATHEDRAL - it is one of the most attractive examples of Baroque in the entire Apulian region. Its imposing monumental front is flanked on the left by an elegant bell tower that has markedly projecting cornices separating its floors. Notable is the Byzantine icon portraying the Madonna della Madia - legend tells that the sacred image was washed up from the sea on a stack of trunks, that were then used for the building of the trussed roof - very well-preserved and of fine workmanship, it dates from 1280.
- SANTA MARIA DEGLI AMALFITANI - a Romanesque building erected at the beginning of the twelfth century on a pre-existing rock settlement.
- ABBEY OF SANTO STEFANO a fortified complex built in 1086, the remains of an old church survive in the inner courtyard, still inside there are the visible remains of the Roman settlement of Turris Paola, one of the landing places for nearby Egnazia.
- CASTLE bounded on three sides by the sea and protected on the fourth by a moat that no longer exists, it was used as a prison until the beginning of the twentieth century, the castle has been recently restored and today houses the Municipal Archaeological Museum on its first floor.
- PURGATORIO CHURCH with images of skeletons on its doors. Inside you will find familiar Baroque interior but on the adjusting chapel you will find mummies of some local citizens. If the church is closed then you can watch some of the mummies through the street window.
- PALAZZO PALMIERI central square of the Centro Storico.
- MADONNA DEL SOCCORSO CHURCH old grotto with frescoes was dug out of a natural cavity in the rock.
It consists of 99 districts('contrade') characterized by the presence of 'Masserie Fortificate' of ancient roman origin, Rupestrian Churches, neo-classic villas and houses.
The outstanding landscape consists of almond and olive trees, apart from fruit trees of all sort and vegetables cultivation.
Nearest Travel Links
Airport: Bari Palese: 55 km
Railway: Monopoli: 7 km
Ferry: Bari: 50 km
We recommend coming by air and then asking for a private transfer. If you would like to have further information please feel free to contact us and we will do our utmost to help you.
By Plane from Bari Palese airport which is about 45 km away from Villa.
By Plane from Brindisi airport which is about 55 km away from Villa.
- Nearest railway station is Monopoli which is about 10 km far from Villa. Trains come from every major town in Italy. Regional trains are each hour.
By Car coming from North
Driving on the SS16 toward south (direction to Brindisi), exit to Monopoli - Castellana Grotte
By Car coming from South
Driving on the SS16 toward north (direction to Bari)
exit the SS16 to Monopoli - Castellana Grotte
Activities near Monopoli
Golf within 30 mins drive