Monopoli was a quick stop for us and honestly wasn't my favorite place we've ever been. It was lovely so maybe I was just tired, hungry, and grumpy... I think the most obvious characteristic is the castle and walls that protect the city along the Adriatic coast. The second most important aspect of Monopoli is all the amazing beaches spread down the coast.
Founded by the Greeks, ruled by the Romans, and invaded by many in between, Monopoli is a port town with a commercial center with a laid back beach feel. It truly fits its Greek name: "monos polis" meaning unique city.
And the creepiest find in Monopoli, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio detta del Purgatorio. Macabre symbols of death and actually mummies are displayed...everywhere! It was the creepiest I've ever felt in a church. Like, this is a church!?
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