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Bari: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

1. Bari: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Get to know Bari at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Bari’s most important attractions on foot. Start the activity whenever you like and enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. In the history-filled city of Bari you will first visit the beautiful Giardini di Piazza Umberto I. Then the unique Teatro Petruzzelli and then the irreplaceable Museo Teatro Margherita. This wonderful route continues to the Piazza del Ferrarese. As a fifth stop you will find the Il Fortino di Sant'Antonio. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting Piazza Mercantile. Of course, the Basilica San Nicola could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the Basilica Cattedrale Metropolitana Primaziale San Sabino. The penultimate destination is the enviable Castello svevo di Bari. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Large Albicocca Piazza.

Alberobello: Gastronomic Walking Tour

2. Alberobello: Gastronomic Walking Tour

Explore the city center on our Alberobello walking tour: together with Antonio, a professional guide, discover the magnificence of one of the world's most fascinating cities and its centuries-old heritage ,with a leisurely, relaxed stroll among the Trulli, typical dwellings of the Messapian peoples who inhabited central Apulia from the eighth century until the arrival of the Romans. We will enter Angelo's trullo, the oldest in Alberobello. We will stop at Giuseppe's bakery to savour our typical focaccia freshly baked, the right charge to continue the city tour. We will discover together the wonderful Belvedere Terrace and the neighborhoods of Aia Piccola and Rione Monti, where we can admire the typical architecture of local homes. Among the city's trulli and alleys, until we reach the trullo-shaped church of Sant'Antonio. Near here we will stop again to visit the characteristic store, where you will have the chance to taste the typical "burrata". .We cannot end our tour without sharing a delicious homemade ice cream made with patience and dedication in a quaint ice cream parlour inside a trullo.

Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

3. Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

Discover the most significant medieval monument in southern Italy on a 1-hour guided tour of Castel del Monte. Situated in Andria in the Puglia region, the citadel and castle is a national treasure and beauty to behold. Built on top of a hill with commanding views of the Puglia region, Castel del Monte is the most important building built by the Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen of Swabia. Explore the monument’s myths and legends, including the meaning of the number 8. After years of neglect, when the castle was stripped of its furniture and marble decorations to become a refuge for shepherds, brigands and political refugees, Castel del Monte was bought and restored by the Italian state in 1876. Almost a century later, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the perfection of its shape and harmonious union of cultural elements from northern Europe, the Islamic world, and classical antiquity. Explore the castle’s façades and interior, and learn the historical context in which it was built.

Bari: Norman-Swabian Castle Guided Tour

4. Bari: Norman-Swabian Castle Guided Tour

Explore one of the most famous buildings in Bari, the Norman-Swabian Castle, known for its extensive moat. Go inside this 13th-century castle which has been converted into a museum with your tour guide. Admire the exhibits of jewelry on display and appreciate the sculptures in the Gipsoteca. Enter the castle with your guide, who specializes in art history. Then, explore the castle to see the central courtyard and the three stone towers outside. Next, go into the Gipsoteca in the west wing of the castle, where you can see plaster copies of famous sculptures and carvings of monuments. Marvel at these works of art, which were created by Mario Sabatelli and Pasquale Duretti in 1911 to commemorate 50 years of Italian unity. Also, see the exhibits of ceramic tableware, which were excavated from the east wing of the castle. See jewelry in the Minorenni Tower and tour the Norman room.

Bari: Customizable Day Trip in a Fiat 500L

5. Bari: Customizable Day Trip in a Fiat 500L

On board a splendid Fiat 500L, at the slow pace of the roads of the South, we will travel to get to know places otherwise difficult to reach independently. You will get to know ancient towns, seaside resorts and historical sites of Puglia and Basilicata. Our trips will turn into an opportunity to learn the local culture in a friendly and informal environment. We will travel backroads to destinations that will enlight the day with the beauty that nature and human work will offer along the way. You will have a friend at your side who will immediately immerse you in the customs and traditions of the territories you are going to visit. You can select amongst various itineraries: Alberobello: we will stop in Polignano, famous for its cliffs home of the Diving World Championship on the Adriatic coast, and explore the Itria Valley in depth driving across the backroads filled with ancient monumental olive trees. Matera: on the way to this amazing town we will stop in Gravina in Puglia and Altamura, homelands of some of the most delicious food in the region. Castel del Monte: stops in Ruvo di Puglia and Trani, with their wonderful cathedrals, through suggestive rocky and coastal scenery. Itineraries and distances in kms: 1) Bari - Alberobello - Matera - Bari (190 km) 2) Bari – Alberobello – Locorotondo – Cisternino – Ostuni – Bari (190 km) 3) Bari - Polignano - Alberobello - Locorotondo - Cisternino - Monopoli - Bari (170 km) 4) Bari - Altamura - Gravina - Matera - Bari (150 km) 5) Bari - Castel del Monte - Trani - Bari (150 km)

Bari: St. Nicholas Basilica and Crypt Guided Tour

6. Bari: St. Nicholas Basilica and Crypt Guided Tour

Visit the St. Nicholas Basilica in Bari, an important pilgrimage destination. Admire the sculptures above the entrance and then step inside to witness the amazing art on the ceiling, which is adorned with paintings. Follow your guide to the underground crypt that houses the relics of Saint Nicholas. Start outside and see the wide limestone facade decorated with many ornamental details, including the sculptures above the Portal of the Lions. Then, go inside the church and observe the granite columns as you walk under the arches which separate the presbytery from the rest of the church. Next, admire the carved and gilded ceiling, decorated with 17th-century paintings. Afterward, descend to the crypt, an underground church that contains the relics of Saint Nicholas, whose remains rest here. This crypt inspired the legend of a Roman soldier who pierced the side of Jesus on the cross.

Bari: Private Food and Walking Tour

7. Bari: Private Food and Walking Tour

Experience a wonderful walking and tasting tour in one of the most pictoresque cities of Puglia, the capital Bari! Explore the hidden corners of the old town with an expert guide and taste the flavours of local food tradition. Visit the most famous places of Bari, such as Piazza dei Mercanti, Piazza del Ferrarese, the Basilica of San Nicola, the Cathedral of San Sabino and many other hidden treasures Between one stop and the next you will taste authentic Bari specialties such as: "Focaccia" (soft leavened bread with raw tomato on top), "Panzerotto" (deep fried pizza rool, stuffed with tomato and mozzarella or delicious combinations of ingredients) and a lunch based on traditional recipes, made by an expert local lady. Along the way you will see how famous orecchiette are made! Every day the local ladies make kilos of handmade pasta, with quick movements of their expert hands, as fast as machines! And of course, you won't leave Bari Vecchia without tasting them!

From Bari: Matera Half-Day Trip with Guided Tour

8. From Bari: Matera Half-Day Trip with Guided Tour

Full description: Pick-up from the city of Bari (station or at your property) to reach the city of Matera and start your tour. Arrival in Matera where you will meet your guide to start your tour: •Departure from our Agency (via A. Volta n. 3/5); •Stop in Piazza San Francesco, in front of the homonymous Church; •Arrive at the highest point of the city, the Civita, where you are in front of the Cathedral; •Panoramic road composed of narrow streets and winding alleys to reach via dei Fiorentini; •Church of Sant'Antonio Abate; •Casa Grotta typically furnished; •Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia, "Pert P'stel" in vernacular materano, where there is a widening, meeting point between Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso; •History of the Church of San Pietro Caveoso; •Local crafts; •Piazzetta Pascoli, overlooking the Sassi. Free lunch and return to Bari. With this tour you can also visit the City of Bari (day chosen by the customer based on availability) TOUR OF BARI: •The tour winds through the alleys of Bari Vecchia, through streets where women cleverly knead the mass to create the famous orecchiette and legends that speak of superstitions and faith; •The tour will have as focal points three symbols of the city: the Swabian Castle of Bari, the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola, all completed by a walk on the Wall to discover some of the most photographical places of Bari; •The guided tour ends in Piazza del Ferrarese with explanation of the Borgo Murattiano and free time for shopping.

Bari: Tour from Harbor to Old City, Walk & Taste

9. Bari: Tour from Harbor to Old City, Walk & Taste

The local guide will meet your at the main entry of Bari harbor and accompany in the old city that preserves the most of the treasures of Bari. Visit the famous Basilica of San Nicola, dedicated to the most beloved saint in the world, whose relics are kept in the crypt of this Romanic church of extraordinary beauty. Stroll through the narrow alleys of the old town where you can breathe an air of history , tradition and habits handed down from generation to generation. Admire the cathedral of Bari and the Castello Svevo, the monuments that bear the signs of the changes of the different eras from the Middle Ages to the present day. Listen to the unique stories and urban legends of Bari to fully understand the soul of this wonderful place. Walk through the narrow streets where the local ladies are sitting outside of the house with their table intent on making the typical handmade pasta "orecchiette" Taste the typical Bari street food: “focaccia” or the closed fried pizza “panzerotto”. At the end of the tour before local guide accompany you to the harbor do the little stop to taste the best "gelato" of Bari.

Bari: Simi Palace and Byzantine Church Tour with Ticket

10. Bari: Simi Palace and Byzantine Church Tour with Ticket

Take a guided tour of the ruins within Simi Palace, one of the most important museums in Bari. Dating back to the 16th century, step inside a permanent archaeological exhibition and its adjacent church to acquire an understanding of what the city once looked like. Browse through a display of artifacts on the ground floor, ranging from a model of an original settlement to fragments of prehistoric pottery. Gaze at rare examples of Italian-Mycenaean ceramics, proving the breadth of the city's commercial network in the Mediterranean. Be led to the remains of a marvelous Byzantine church dating back to the 9th or 10th century, where the three apses, part of the altar, and some fragments of a fresco can still be distinguished. Additionally, see the remains of a Roman house discovered during the restoration work.

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Francesca Romana was able to make the visit of the Norman Swabian Castle very interesting. I will recommend it to my friends, relatives and acquaintances. I will definitely participate in other guided tours offered by BariTours!

If you're into history, it's a good experience, the guide was a historian, so you got full value for money.

Francesca is a guide with a great cultural background, we liked her a lot, time has flown!