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From Bari: Pasta Experience Walking Tour

1. From Bari: Pasta Experience Walking Tour

Begin your cultural adventure visiting the main attractions of the old town. Stop and discover the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle. Explore the modern French part of the city along the famous sea walk. Wander through the fresh fish market and feel the relaxing, gentle pace of life wash over you.  Having discovered some of Bari's architectural and historic gems its will then be time to end the walking section of the tour at at Signora Maria’s House. Here you will learn how to make orecchiette, a delicious type of local home-made pasta, and find out the secrets of its traditional recipe. While drinking genuine Primitivo red wine, cook and taste your own home-made pasta and feel like a real local. Finish a wonderful day by tasting some fantastic local ice cream.

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Bari: Guided Walking Tour

2. Bari: Guided Walking Tour

Meet your local tour guide next to the Norman-Swabian Castle and begin your historic walking tour through Bari. Explore Bari's old town, where time seems to have stopped. During the guided tour, you will have the opportunity to meet locals preparing handmade pasta outside of their houses. You will visit the Cathedral of San Sabino, an example of Apulian Romanesque architecture, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. You will also be able to admire the Basilica of San Nicola, where the relics of St. Nicholas of Myra are kept. The Basilica is an important religious destination that attracts pilgrims from all over the world. If you choose the sunset option, walk around and take in the beautiful sight of the sunset reflecting off the sea.

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Bari: Guided Alberobello Trip

3. Bari: Guided Alberobello Trip

Take a day to explore Alberobello, a small town famous for its trullo buildings, a truly unique sight in Italy.  Your tour will begin from Bari, where your driver will pick up you at the organized meeting point. Following this, a licensed tour guide will greet you in Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. If you book the private option, you'll enjoy a driver and tour guide for your group only throughout the excursion. Alberobello truly is one of a kind, due to the notable presence of typical conical stone buildings which people still inhabit to this day. Your guide will show you the Rione Aia Piccola and the Rione Monti, the two most important neighborhoods of the town. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Trullo Museum and an authentic stone house, and to enjoy a tasting of a traditional wine. Before leaving the town, you'll have time for a walk through the charismatic streets, where there are small shops filled with souvenirs and typical local products. The driver will wait for you and will take you back to Bari at the end of the day.

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Bari Walking Tour

4. Bari Walking Tour

Visit the main attractions of the old town and get a real feel the city. See the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle. Walk along the cobbled, narrow streets, where old ladies still make pasta by hand, kids play outdoors and people cook in every corner. Discover the modern French part of the city with opera theaters and luxury shopping streets. Explore the famous fish market near the seaside, and the lively squares where a taste of local products is not to be missed. Finish your adventure with a tasting of delicious local ice cream. 

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Bari: Matera Day Trip

5. Bari: Matera Day Trip

Your tour will begin as a comfortable minivan picks up you from Bari, at which point you will travel to Matera. Once having arrived, meet your licensed tour guide that will show you this stone city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera is one of the most evocative cities in Italy, and was actually chosen as the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Characterized by the famous caves that were inhabited up until the first half of the 900s, Matera consists of two old neighborhoods: Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso. Through these areas you will enjoy a guided walk, with views over the Murgia Materana Park. Your tour guide will show you houses and churches built in the caves, as well as the recently restored cathedral, which was edified starting from the year 1230. In the afternoon, you will travel back to Bari by minivan.

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Bari Rickshaw Street Food Tour

6. Bari Rickshaw Street Food Tour

Begin by visiting the main attractions of the Old Town, including the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle.  Continue to several tasting stops: in a panificio, learn how focaccia barese is made and taste a fresh slice. In a salumeria, learn about different kinds of cheeses and salami while drinking a glass of wine. In one of the typical corners of the town, discover fried street food and the strong flavors of sgagliozze (fried polenta) and panzerotti (fried turnovers). In a gelateria, enjoy home-made ice cream and choose your favorite from a great selection. The tour ends by discovering the modern French part of the city along the famous seaside, opera theaters, and luxury shopping streets.

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From Bari: 5-Day Puglia and Basilicata Tour

7. From Bari: 5-Day Puglia and Basilicata Tour

Day 1, Bari Street Food Tour After arriving independently to Bari, meet with your guide at 6 PM at the Swabian Castle for a walking street food tour. Visit Orecchiette Street where typical pasta is made by the local ladies, the Cathedral of San Sabino, and the imposing Basilica of San Nicola. Throughout the tour, taste the famous sgagliozze, tasty pieces of fried polenta, and focaccia. At the end of the day, check-in at the Palace Hotel or similar. Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure.  Day 2: Castel del Monte to Trani Your second day will begin as you meet your driver and guide before departing for Castel del Monte to one of the most mysterious and fascinating castles in Southern Italy. After some free time, check-in at the Palazzo Paciotti (or similar). Get ready to discover Trani, which is known as the "Slow City" and the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure. Day 3: Matera, Alberobello After Breakfast, check-out before meeting with your driver and guide at 9 AM and departing for Matera, which is a UNESCO site and considered one of the most suggestive places in southern Italy. You will have free time for lunch, after which you will depart for Alberobello check-in at the Trulli Holiday Resort or similar. Enjoy a guided tour at 6 PM then enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure.  Day 4: Ostuni Lecce After breakfast, meet the driver to transfer to Ostuni, which is also called the "White City”. Explore with a local guide this place where it's possible to enjoy the amazing expanse of olive trees surrounded by the deep-blue sea. Transfer to Lecce and check-in to a 4-star hotel. Lecce walking tour with a licensed tour guide at 6 PM. Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure. Day 5: Lecce Following breakfast at your hotel, check-out marking the end of your tour.

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Walking Tour In The Wonderful Monopoli

8. Walking Tour In The Wonderful Monopoli

Monopoli is a perfect combination of old world charm and great beaches; a wonderful, typical, picturesque Apulian town, which despite it's unquestionable charm manages to retain it's traditional identity. Lots of quaint narrow streets, pretty squares, and a picturesque harbor to boot. The old town is a typical Apulian gem replete with quaint narrow streets, pretty squares, interesting houses, and a picturesque harbor. The walking tour will take you to visit the small Castle, which is set in a very picturesque square. The homes and small buildings are charming. You will walk through an arch doorway that opens to the sea with a lovely walk along the harbor. This is a very cute castle and the best part of it is its view over the blue waters of Monopoli, with its characteristic village surroundings and fishermen's port. Then, you'll see the baroque cathedral dedicated to the Madonna della Madia protector of the town, an amazing basilica. Seemingly small, it turns out to be a huge cathedral with amazing ornaments from the inside. Very elaborately decorated with gold and a variety of marble in amazing colors. The number of side altars along both sides of the main auditorium are stunning. It's hard to imagine a more fantastic townscape: narrow alleys, arches, towering spires, a fort, old stone walls, light coming in from a dozen different directions, and a crystal clear swimming beach, right outside the gates. It's a photographic dream.

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Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour

9. Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour

Discover the most significant medieval monument in southern Italy on a 2-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.

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Bari Street Food Tour on Segway

10. Bari Street Food Tour on Segway

Begin by visiting the main attractions of the old town, Basilica of Saint Nicolas with the precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle. Stop at several places for tastings. In a Panificio, learn how focaccia barese is made and taste a slice. in a Salumeria, find out about the different kinds of cheeses and salami, while drinking a glass of primitivo wine. In one of the typical corners, discover fried street food and the strong flavours of sgagliozze and panzerotti. In a Gelateria, enjoy the home-made ice cream. Discover the modern French part of the city by the famous sea-side, with its opera theaters and luxury shopping streets, before the end of the tour. 

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What people are saying about Bari

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 119 reviews

My husband and I took this tour accompanied by the guide Isabella who knows immediately she proved to be competent, courteous and nice to her, we saw and visited through the beautiful alleys of old Bari some of the places plus some of the most subjective and most suggestive places of this beautiful city I suggest everyone to undertake this tour especially in the evening at 18 because with the temperatures it is a bit milder than the Apulian Augustus, it is appreciated more without getting too tired and above all you begin to glimpse those beautiful colors that only the sunset can give

with this flexible pass and thanks to the staff I had the chance to visit some highlights of Rome such Trevi Underground and Castle St.Angel. They gave me interesting advices to improve my stay in Rome. Highly reccomended

Without online tickets it is impossible to enter the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, due to covid there is no ticket office in the places you want to visit, so I recommend buying them here.

This tour will enhance your understanding, appreciation, and love of Bari in so many ways. I can't recommend it enough!

We liked the visit a lot, we have discovered bari vecchia and the guide has been super nice and well prepared