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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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Planning Your Bari 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
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • 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

Excellent way to explore the old city of Bari!!!

Our guide was tops!!! He not only knew about 6 different languages, but he was so outgoing and knew everything because he was born in Bari. He was very enthusiastic and you could tell he loved what he was doing. This was the BEST!!!

Bari: Bike-Rickshaw City Tour Reviewed by Hildelisa, 10/04/2018

It was a beautiful day and a lovely tour of Alberobello and Matera.

Vito picked us up at our hotel and along with 2 others from the US, we started our drive to Alberobello. Vito was very interesting and entertaining. It is always lovely to meet someone who is passionate about the area he is from and the towns we are visiting. We had a beautiful day, the sites were amazing and thoroughly enjoyed by us. Thank you to Vito. Highly recommend!!

Pleasure Bike Tour exploring Beautiful Bari

Our 2 hour bike tour was guided by a young Barese man named Francesco, who speaks perfect English. Together with his indepth knowledge and discriptions of the historical spots, enriched our tour making it more than what we were expecting. We recommend to anyone visiting Bari to begin your stay with this fascinating tour.

Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari Reviewed by Mauro, 09/19/2018

Awesome. Great guide Vito and the sights are amazing!

Vito was great, knowledgeable and he knows everyone in the Old Town neighborhood. The Sassi and Trulli homes are a must see. They are both frozen in time and we were in awe. The pacing was great, the sights were awesome. We love Puglia and Vito was the best!

Full-Day Guided Tour of Bari, Alberobello and Matera Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 04/05/2017

Benetto was very informative and was a great tour

We enjoyed our rickshaw ride around Bari. Our guide kept us fully entertained with local knowledge.

Bari: Bike-Rickshaw City Tour Reviewed by Robyn, 08/25/2016