Escape to trendy Monopoli! Enjoy its castle, churches, and parks.

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.

Known for

Ports, Castles and Secluded

Where to stay in Monopoli

Centro Storico
Centro Storico, Monopoli, Italy
trover photo by Donato Cofano

Centro Storico

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings, Ports

5/5(6 reviews)

Centro Storico is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighborhood has many charming qualities, its rich culture among the more noteworthy. You can experience the local historic landmarks, or enjoy the natural beauty of the seaside.

Top Hotels in Monopoli

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
iH Hotels Monopoli Porto Giardino Resort
iH Hotels Monopoli Porto Giardino Resort
4 out of 5
C.da Lamandia 16/A, Località Capitolo, Monopoli, BA
3.6/5Good! (78 reviews)
Worst Italian stay 😡

"Old and run down terrible 1 night and couldn't wait to leave"…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2018

iH Hotels Monopoli Porto Giardino Resort
Don Ferrante - Dimore di Charme
Don Ferrante - Dimore di Charme
5 out of 5
Via S Vito 27, Monopoli, BA
$147
per night
Oct 21 - Oct 22
4.7/5Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Perfect two nights.

"We had the suite which was stunning both inside and with the magical view overlooking the sea. The decor was spot on and the level of comfort was top rate. The service was very friendly and helpful too. Really could not fault it. The pictures don’t do it justice. Only criticisms are: A) the suite ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2019

Don Ferrante - Dimore di Charme
Torre Cintola Natural Sea Emotions
Torre Cintola Natural Sea Emotions
Localita Capitolo, Monopoli, Bari
$83
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4.5/5Wonderful! (31 reviews)

"Odd rooms but great value...food was fantastic for an all inclusive"…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

Torre Cintola Natural Sea Emotions

Top activities in Monopoli

Monopoli tour among legends & gastronomy
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Monopoli tour among legends & gastronomy

$39

The historic center of Monopoli is a plot of narrow streets that hide art treasures. You will meet the tour guide at Largo Plebiscito next to the San Francesco Church and begin the visit walking through narrow streets.

Valle d'Itria Tour with Professional Guide, from Lecce
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Valle d'Itria Tour with Professional Guide, from Lecce

$214

This tour will give us the opportunity to discover the Itria Valley, an area characterized by the presence of the extraordinary “Trulli”, mythical houses with a conical roof, built with overlapped dried limestones.

From Lecce:Ostuni,Alberobello and Polignano Independent Tour
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From Lecce:Ostuni,Alberobello and Polignano Independent Tour

$109

This tour will give you the opportunity to visit three significant villages in Puglia independently: Ostuni, Alberobello and Polignano a Mare. The first stop of the tour is Ostuni,a picturesque town to be experienced.

Walking tour Polignano a Mare
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Walking tour Polignano a Mare

$39

Polignano a mare is one of the most famous cities of Puglia, because it gave birth to Domenico Modugno, the singer of the famous song Volare. The rock on the crystalline sea is a typical image of Puglia.

Trullo Sovrano Admission Ticket
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Trullo Sovrano Admission Ticket

$2

Visit: I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, Alberobello Italy Trullo Sovrano is located in the north of Alberobello. It represents the only trullo to have a raised floor, accessible from the inside through a masonry scale, among the first to be built with mortar.

Dining experience at a Cesarina's home in Alberobello
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Dining experience at a Cesarina's home in Alberobello

$94

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a Cesarina's home, enjoy an exclusive show cooking and taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.