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Walking around Monopoli

20 February 9:15 - 17:00

Walking around Monopoli

With this walking excursion we will go to the knowledge of the beauties of Monopoli, of its coastline made of coves and small beaches but also ancient places guardian of splendid testimonies of the past. We are talking about the splendid Abbey of Santo Stefano, which belonged to the Knights of Malta. And then again the splendid rock church of SS. Andrea and Procopio. All surrounded by centuries-old olive groves that alone enchant and make the landscape marvelous.

The territory of Monopoli is characterized by the existence of numerous blades, karst incisions, once having a torrential character that flowed into the Adriatic Sea. In those blades, in the Middle Ages, an anthropological phenomenon of significant cultural interest developed, namely the establishment of human settlements which, expanding the natural cavities already existing along the rocky banks of the ancient riverbeds, built their homes and churches in the caves.

The cave churches were frescoed with images of eastern and western saints, testimony to the synthesis that took place on the spot between the Greek-Byzantine and Latin cultures. These rock sanctuaries also became minor stations along the Via Francigena, traveled annually by thousands of pilgrims headed to the Holy Land. Many of them in this stretch of Puglia often diverted their path in the Lame to visit the painted caves. Our itinerary will see us walking right in one of the village-stations along the Via Francigena (the Via Traiana for the Latins) to visit the rupestrian farmhouse of the Ss. Andrea and Procopio and the homonymous church, among the most interesting for the architecture in the cliff inside and for the iconographic apparatus preserved on the rocky walls.

An itinerary of this walking walk that will see us cross the beauties of this territory on foot, between sea and land. A part in the countryside, made up of centuries-old olive groves, blades and rock churches, another half of the path along the coast, to admire and be captivated by the beauty of the coves that alternate along the coast of the Capitolo.

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20 February
9:15 - 17:00
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