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7 must-visit sightseeing spots in Bari

Nestled in the heel of Italy's boot is beautiful Bari. This may not be the most famous place for Italian tourism, but therein lies its charm. It has plenty of attractions on offer, while avoiding the packed summer days of bigger Italian hotspots.

  • Basilica di San Nicola

    1. Basilica di San Nicola

    This beautiful church holds worldwide significance, and is a popular pilgrimage for Catholics from across Europe. The Basilica houses many noteworthy religious artworks.

  • 2. Teatro Petruzzelli

    The historic theater, built in 1903, was reconstructed in 2008 after a controversial fire, and is now a grand and popular place to see concerts, opera, and performance in Bari.

  • 3. Stadio San Nicola

    This modern, mixed-use stadium was built for the 1990 World Cup, but is now a permanent home to football team FC Bari. Great if you're wondering what to do with kids in Bari.

  • Castel Del Monte

    4. Castel Del Monte

    Drive an hour out to this beautiful castle, in the middle of a national park. The structure dates back to 1240, offering history and spectacle against a beautiful backdrop.

  • Trani

    5. Trani

    This picturesque fishing port is home to a quaint church museum, tranquil small harbor, and some good, reasonable, local restaurants. Nearby lidos offer wonderful swimming.

  • Cattedrale di San Sabino

    6. Cattedrale di San Sabino

    Located in the old town, in a shady and quiet corner, this looming and impressive Cathedral charges no entry fee, but a small donation, perhaps for lighting a candle, is customary.

  • 7. Pinacoteca di Bari

    This public gallery is dedicated to the art of painting, but also offers museum exhibits. The stately building was once the Government Palace for the region.

Frequently asked questions about Bari

Planning Your Visit

  • Getting around

    The beautiful region of Puglia is rising in popularity thanks to lower hotel and food prices than the rest of Italy, without skimping in the beauty or quality. The region is best seen by car, and local hire is cheap, particularly from the airport. Drive between towns, restaurants and lidos to see the best the region has to offer, and eat delicious Puglian food.

  • What to eat in Puglia

    Puglia is famous for its orecchiette pasta (translated to small ears) and olive oil - combine the two with sausage and broccolini and you have the region's most special dish. Polish it off with a glass of delicious Puglian wine, usually served with tiny bread bites, called taralli. Yum!

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall both offer mild temperatures and less rainfall than the winter, making either one perfect for a visit to the seaside city.

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What people are saying about Bari

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Katrina was brilliant! We thought we'd be tired out by the walk, but it went by in no time. Really interesting tour, and we had a great time chatting to Katrina about life in Bari. She also gave us some great tips for places in Puglia and local restaurants / bars.

Fantastic experience, we visited old Bari, and we met the ladies who made the orecchiette by hand, and an artist who made us play the tambourine, our guide, Emanuele, competent and nice !!

the visit was super! the guys from the agency were really friendly, kind and helpful. super recommended !!!!!!!

We had a lovely time on the cycling tour. Our guide was extremely helpful and made it a memorable experience !!

It was a fun way to discover Bari old town for our family.