Enter a charming old port town fortified by a medieval castle and discover the architectural gems of the legendary city of Santa Claus.
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.