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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.

Where to stay in Bari

Top Hotels in Bari

iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
5 out of 5
Lungomare Nazario Sauro 7, Bari, BA
The price is $127 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Located in Municipio 1, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Petruzzelli Theatre and Pane e Pomodoro Beach. Bari Cathedral and Basilica of San Nicola ...

4.3/5Excellent! (429 reviews)

"Hotel was fantastic. Room was fab loved the decor, the rooftop pool was good when the sun shined. Staff are very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci Bari
Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci Bari
4 out of 5
Via Capruzzi 326, Bari, BA
The price is $75 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

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

4.2/5Excellent! (594 reviews)

"From the road the entrance is stunning.. the hotel itself is very dated and needs refurbishment."…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci Bari
Barion Hotel
Barion Hotel
4 out of 5
SS16, Km 816 (per Brindisi), Torre a Mare, Bari, BA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $64 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

Located in Municipio 1, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Chiesa Matrice Parrocchia di San Nicola di Bari, Collegial Mother Church St. Nicholas Parish, ...

4.2/5Very Good! (497 reviews)

"Friendly staff, clean room. The elevators were very slow. Interior design pretty. Offfered over water and iced tea upon entry."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Barion Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Bari

Nuccia Serra 29
Nuccia Serra 29
29 Strada Nuccia Serra, Bari

Located in Bari City Centre, this apartment building is steps from Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle and Bari Cathedral. Bari Harbor and Basilica of San Nicola are ...

2.6/5 (9 reviews)

"Cleanliness of the whole studio flat was very poor. Such as: Bathroom top to bottom, lots of mould, stains everywhere. Damp and mildew also around the Air conditioning unit. Hose for toilet was so filthy full of mould its untouchable. Lots of unmaintained areas.Such as again the bathroom; Showhead ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Nuccia Serra 29
Sea house 2
Sea house 2
Via Pisa 18, Bari
The price is $29 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Municipio 5, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Planetarium of Bari, piramidi, and Lido San Francesco. Bitonto Cathedreal and Angevin ...

Sea house 2
Bari Montain
Bari Montain
Via Lecce 18, Bari

Located in Municipio 2, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Conservatory of Niccolo Piccinni, Bari Cathedral, and Basilica of San Nicola. Bari Harbor ...

Bari Montain
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bari


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4/5 - Good

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Mar 3, 2020

it's a quite place, not much to see. We stayed there mainly to visit places around it and we started the cruise there.

5/5 - Excellent


Feb 29, 2020

Very nice & clean city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 31, 2019

Its a good stop for a few days. Learning the old town syreets was tricky. Finding the area where the ladies make and sell pasta outside their homes was priceless.

1/5 - Terrible


Oct 27, 2019

This was worse travel experience I’ve ever had with a hotel in europe . They clearly saw an opportunity to rip us off and charge us per person. The reservations say for a double bed per night what a awful awful experience. Again I travel once a year

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 26, 2019

The old part of Bari features incredibly interesting architecture. The cathedral is about 800 years old, and many of the old buildings around it looks hundreds of years old. It looks like a movie set, but it's real! Really amazing!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 2, 2019

Only there overnight for airport transfer. Had some good pizza and nice walk on waterfront

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