UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Castel del Monte, Trulli di Alberobello, Sassi di Matera

In addition to your language course and cooking course you can enjoy historical and cultural tours to the famous sights of Apulia.

Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte, UNESCO-World Heritage Site
Like a crown of stone, Castel del Monte resides on a low hill and is a unique landmark. It is an example of Apulian Romanesque architecture and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This enormous fortress is still an enigma for historians and academics. The purpose of the Castel del Monte has not yet been discovered. It is without doubt one of the most admired, and most mysterious, sights in Italy.


I Trulli di Alberobello, UNESCO-World Heritage Site
This town was made famous through the conical Trulli (singular: Trullo) that were constructed using the methods of the shepherds of the area.
The trulli are mostly round but also square white painted buildings with very distinctive conical roofs made of limestone slabs stacked together without any mortar. Since they were not considered real houses, they were tax-exempt.
In Alberobello there are entire neighborhoods, such as the district "Aia Piccola", made of Trulli. It is clear why this place has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trullo

Grotte di castellana

Grotte di Castellana
These caves, first discovered in 1938, are known today as some of the largest speleological caves in Italy. Connected through a complex of cavities and tunnels, the caves stretch over a distance of three kilometres, and sink to a depth of 71 meters.
Here visitors are enchanted by the abounding stalagmites and stalactites decorating the interior of the caves. Many natural sculptures in thousands of shimmering light reflections provide for an unforgettable spectacle.
Amongst these caves, there are the "Grotta Nera" - the Black Cave, the "Caverna dei Monumenti" - the Cave of the Monuments, "Cavernetta del Presepe" – the Nativity Scene and the gorgeous "Grotta Bianca" - the White Cave.

Sassi di Matera

Sassi di Matera, UNESCO World Heritage Site
The town consists of mostly archaic caves, wells and a sophisticated irrigation system from the Bronze Age, and served as the setting of countless films, including “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson. The Sassi were declared in 1993 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ceramic of Grottaglie
The production of ceramics in Puglia is ancient yet still thriving, also thanks to the rich quarries of red clay found in this territory. The hub of ceramics production is Grottaglie, in the province of Taranto. In the heart of this characteristic city, behind the medieval castle, lies a centuries-old quarter of ceramicists who, having excavated their workshops and kilns in the rock, developed their trade by following age-old working methods.