Quaint Bari is calling! Discover its churches, history, university life, and more.

Medieval churches and a castle decorate the winding alleys of Bari’s old town district, which juts out into the Adriatic Sea. Surrounding this historical center is the old port of Bari Harbor and its rows of colorful boats and fishermen at work. Relish the traditional cuisine, old-world setting and theatrical delights in this coastal city.

Visit the majestic Norman Castle, which is a gateway to the old town zone. Discover an archeological site from Roman times in the crypt of the Bari Cathedral. The church’s white façade is a highlight of the historic buildings in the Piazza dell’Odegitria.

A little to the north is the Chiesa di San Marco dei Veneziani, which is recognizable by the vivid blue frescos painted on its façade. Visit the nearby Basilica of San Nicola to hear the original story of Santa Claus. Go to the crypt where the saint’s relics, stolen from Turkey, are now kept.

Enjoy views of the sea from the Imperatore Augusto Promenade on the eastern coast. Spot yachts in the old port or embark a cruise from the larger new port.

Follow the promenade southeast to reach Pane e Pomodoro Beach. Relax at the beach bar and sunbathe on the sand. Bring the kids to the play area.

Bari has a rich culinary tradition featuring wine and locally grown fruit, vegetables and wheat. Go to one of the many restaurants serving calzone with onions, vegetable minestrone and Barese ragù of pork or lamb. Learn more about local culture with an opera show at the Teatro Petruzzelli.

The city is on the Adriatic Coast in the Apulia region in southeastern Italy. Expect hot, dry weather from May through October and fairly mild winters with some rain. Arrive at Bari International Airport in the city’s northwestern outskirts and take a 20-minute train ride from the airport to the Bari Centrale train station.

Experience the richness of Barese tradition with the city’s medieval churches, Roman remnants, pasta dishes and a fishing port.

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Historical Buildings, Churches and Cathedrals

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Where to stay in Bari

Bari City Centre
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Bari City Centre

Historical Buildings, Churches, Cathedrals

Discover Bari City Centre, memorable for its historic sites. Popular attractions in Bari City Centre include Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle and Bari Harbor, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at Quintino Sella Station.

Old Town
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Old Town

Monuments, Historical Buildings, Theaters

Unique features of Old Town include the historic sites and waterfront views. Make a stop by Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle or Bari Cathedral while you're exploring the area.

Municipio 1
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Municipio 1

Historical Buildings, Churches, Cathedrals

Historic sites and waterfront views are highlights of Municipio 1. Make a stop by Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle or Bari Harbor while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Quintino Sella Station to get around town.

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Top Hotels in Bari

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
5 out of 5
Lungomare Nazario Sauro 7, Bari, BA
$145/night
Oct 16 - Oct 17
4.3/5Excellent! (379 reviews)

Located in Municipio 1, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Petruzzelli Theatre, Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle, and Bari Cathedral. Bari Harbor is 1.6 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (379 reviews)

"Excellent location very helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
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Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Francesco Lombardi, 13, Bari
$103/night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.2/5Very Good! (546 reviews)

Located in Bari City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Piccinni, Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle, and Bari Cathedral. Bari Harbor is 1.1 mi ...

4.2/5Very Good! (546 reviews)

"Been well received nice hotel. I would of preferred a king bed instead of 2 together. The breakfast was good."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Palace Hotel
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Boston Hotel
3 out of 5
Via Niccolò Piccinni, 155, Bari, BA
$65/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4/5Very Good! (384 reviews)

Located in Bari City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle, and Bari Cathedral. Bari Harbor ...

4/5Very Good! (384 reviews)

"The staff especially at reception were always so polite and helpful. Breakfast was good tho the fruit juice came out watery?? Room was always cleaned to a high standard. Property in a good position for visiting historic sites."…"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

Boston Hotel

Popular things to do in Bari

Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle
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Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle

Learn more about the local history when you visit Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle, a well-known historical site in Bari. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Bari Harbor
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Bari Harbor

Embark on a cruise from one of the Adriatic Coast’s key ports and watch the activity of yachts and local fishing boats from one of its charming cafés.

Bari Cathedral
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Bari Cathedral

Peruse the museum and delve into the crypt beneath this cathedral to find a fascinating archeological site with Roman and medieval treasures.

Basilica of San Nicola
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Basilica of San Nicola

Hear the tales of thievery in the origin of the Santa Claus story and delve into this church’s crypt to see the saint’s stolen relics.

Petruzzelli Theatre
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Petruzzelli Theatre

Choose from opera, ballet and symphony shows at this large theater renowned for bringing overlooked works from centuries past back to life.

Piazza del Ferrarese
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Piazza del Ferrarese

Relish the wonderful view of the colorful docked boats from this port-side plaza lined by palm trees and medieval structures.

Top activities in Bari

Bari Street Food Rickshaw Tour
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Bari Street Food Rickshaw Tour

$61

Treat yourself to an outstanding tour in Bari jumping on board a fun bike-rickshaw tasting local delicious flavors. Let your expert multilingual guide show you the most important attractions and recipes of the Apulian capital.

Cultural Bari Self-Guided Audio Tour
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Cultural Bari Self-Guided Audio Tour

$14

Immerse yourself in the rejuvenated and beautiful city of Bari, a historic town that is now a haven of piazzas with trendy restaurants and bars. In the past, its reputation was shady but in recent years has turned around and transformed into a bustling and vibrant city.

Bari Pasta Experince Rickshaw Tour
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Bari Pasta Experince Rickshaw Tour

$55

Treat yourself to an outstanding 2hours tour in Bari jumping on board a fun bike-rickshaw. Tour begins visiting the main attractions of the old town such as the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus and the millenary Swabian Castle.

Bari Pasta Experience Bike Tour
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Bari Pasta Experience Bike Tour

$44

Tour begins visiting the main attractions of the old town such as the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus and the millenary Swabian Castle.

Cooking Class in Bari
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Cooking Class in Bari

$99

In a beautiful atmosphere of a typical house in Bari you will enjoy a cooking class of some traditional dishes of the area, during a hands-on cooking class with Signora Anna. The class is for a minimum of 2 up to 8 people. At the end a final dinner with what you cooked.

Private Transfer from Bari to Amalfi with 2 hours of Sightseeing - local driver
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Private Transfer from Bari to Amalfi with 2 hours of Sightseeing - local driver

$104

Save your time and experience a private door-to-door transfer. You will be picked up wherever you wish in Bari at your chosen time by a qualified local English-speaking driver.