Top attractions in Bari
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Planning Your Visit
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!
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- 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
We had so much fun and our guide, Davide was wonderful. We learned so much about the city we didn’t know before and we’ve been to Bari many times. We took the tour for our niece because it was her first time here but we learned as much as she did! Would absolutely recommend this tour and be sure to ask for Davide as your guide!!
It was fun. Guides were knowledgeable which made it interesting. Had a good sense of humor which made it more fun. It was a good way to see the city without having to get too tired walking. Whizzing by pedestrians in narrow streets kept us on our toes. Glad our driver didn't hit anyone.
We had the best time exploring Bari with Anna! Anna tells the greatest story about the Barinesi culture and people and the food we tried was delicious. We enjoyed the tour a lot! Highly recommended.
The guide was really helpful,patient and pleasant. The pasta cooking and tasting as well walking in narrow alleys where they still sell hand made pasta and sweets was really wonderful experience.
Great way to see the old part of the city of Bari. Our guide, Federica, was energetic and very informative. We didn’t see much of the new part, but she gave good instructions for getting around.