a journey among cloisters, emperor Frederick II heart and prehistoric men
Have you ever heard of the man of Altamura? And the cathedral built by Frederick II?
⇒ POPULARITY: 8/10
⇒ THIS TOUR IS FOR people who love culture and art and who want to discover the monuments and the History of a lesser known part of Puglia but nonetheless worth a visit.
⇒ YOU WILL LOVE admiring the majesty of the Romanesque cathedral built by Frederick II that will leave you truly breathless or when you get lost among the various cloisters of the historic center that will make your head spin. You will be watery in your mouth when you will smell the street of the famous Altamurano bread freshly baked or when you will know that just 4 kilometers from the city, in a quarry of Pontrelli, were found footprints of dinosaurs fossilized in a limestone mass.
⇒ DIFFICULTY: Easy
⇒ DURATION: 2 hours
⇒ TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK: A great desire to explore, your mobile phone or camera to capture beautiful views, panoramas and monuments. Comfortable shoes because you will be walking on a limestone pavement.
⇒ WE PROMISE that you will get to know this city much better through a full, authentic and engaging experience. You will be pleasantly surprised by the things you will discover and it will be love at first.... visit.
⇒ PRICE: €25 per person - € 20 (from 3 people onwards). Free up to 18 years. Includes tour guide.
⇒ TOUR IN BRIEF: You will meet with your guide at Porta Baresana. To start the walk, you’ll admire noble mansions. You’ll soon arrive at the church of S. Nicola dei Greci and the Cathedral of S. Maria Assunta both in Romanesque style, although the latter built by Frederick II. Then, the visit will continue in the historic center, you will pass by small churches like the one of S.Chiara and cross paths with many "claustri" - “claustri” are small closed quarters in which communities belonging to the same ethnic group lived and established themselves for social and defensive purposes. And of course, you will have the opportunity to taste Altamura's special bread.
How to visit Altamura
The guided tour of Altamura is carried out in total safety following the guidelines provided by the Ministry. The tour is shared but the group will be small and the guide and participants will be wearing masks at all times. The appointment with your guide will be in front of the entrance of the ancient city, from Porta Baresana, where you will have no trouble finding a a metered parking. The shared group visit of Altamura is guaranteed starting from a minimum of 2 people to a maximum of 15 people. Sharing this experience may be an occasion to make new friends along the way.
How long does it take to visit Altamura?
The duration of the guided tour is 2 hours.
You will visit the exterior of the Church of S. Nicola dei Greci, the Cathedral’s interior inside and exterior, the exterior of Palazzo Melodia, the Church of Santa Chiara outside, the various "claustri". The marvellous cathedral was commissioned by Frederick II. You can taste the famous PDO bread of Altamura, you will get to know the "cloisters" - neighborhoods born from the need for coexistence of various peoples such as Greeks, Latins, Arabs and Jews. And finally, you’ll be introduced to the man of Altamura, a skeleton of the Neanderthalian period, exceptional in its kind because of its very well preserved condition (not that it was a miracle but the humidity of the karst area has made sure that the bones remained intact).
Altamura guided tour: booking your tour online
To book your visit with an Altamura tourist guide, you will simply have to use the online booking system.You will be able to select the date and your preferred time, choosing among our morning or afternoon slots. On hot summer days, we suggest a visit at 6 pm at sunset. It will be a feast for your eyes!
There are no additional costs in the tour.
You can decide after the tour whether to visit the Archaeological Museum, with its Prehistoric age collection or deepen your interest in the Neanderthalian man heading to the Museum of the Altamura Man. Both museums have an entrance fee, and tickets can be purchased on site.
Altamura guided tour: what to see in the surroundings
If you have come to Altamura you can not miss a visit to the Sassi of Matera to admire the picturesque Rupestrian town, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can explore Matera’s beauty with one of our tour guides or if you are not in the mood for walking we offer a fun visit of MATERA IN APECAR.
Alberobello, another town just as special and unusual as Matera, is the city of Trulli where we also propose a guided tour to admire the ancient and famous cone houses. Your guide will reveal the reason behind these unique shapes!
In case you would rather want to reach the coast, we suggest a visit of Bari between History, art and architecture, a visit you can enjoy better if you eat a slice of the focaccia barese.
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Services included in the tour
Multilingual tour guide