The cities of Puglia easily accessible from Monopoli are four:
BARI, with the waterfront and a fully restored old town; the Basilica of St. Nicholas is one of the most outstanding examples of architecture of "Romanico pugliese";
TARANTO, capital of Magna Grecia and home to a major museum on the Hellenistic period, the city of the two seas separated from the famous swing bridge;
BRINDISI, termination of the Via Appia and strategic port since Roman times to reach the Balkans and Greece;
LECCE, best expression of the "Lecce Baroque", with buildings such as the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Government Palace, the Cathedral and the Seminary.