Monopoli, from the Greek monos and polis, means unique city. It preserves intact the charm that derives from its history and its traditions, made of external influences: Egnatini, Bizantini, Bretoni, Arabi Spagnoli, Veneziani who made it a real polychrome mosaic
Among the most important places to visit, we have the Castle of Charles V, built in the sixteenth century during the Spanish domination, with its interior, the Museum of Arms, and the Basilica of Madonna della Madia, built starting from 1107, probably on the remains of an ancient pagan temple dedicated to the cult of San Mercurio, and the historic center with its strange horse-shaped structure, the crypts of the Madonna del Soccorso, the church of Santa Maria Amalfitana, and on request, visits to the church of San Leonardo, the sanctuary of Santa Cecilia and the Botanical Gardens.
The amphitheater of Cristo delle Zolle, recently renovated and used for events and concerts.
The Castle of Santo Stefano, dating from the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. Ruled by Benedictine monks, it was later transformed into a hospital in the Gerosolimitano order. At the end of the XIV century it passed to the Knights of Malta who held it until the beginning of the last century as a fief. Privatized at the time of Gioacchino Murat, the complex is still owned by private owners. Now it is a stage for representation concerts, events, theater, wedding parties.