Bari surprises the tourist who for the first time visits it with such high-level art and with a city so lively, but certainly not hostile or dangerous as a certain black legend still describes it today. We can safely say that today the historic center of Bari can be visited without particular problems by all types of tourists whether they are groups of adults, or school groups, or individuals, whether accompanied by a guide or not.
Bari, the regional capital, is at the center of Puglia, both physically but above all as regards transport. The presence of Bari-Palese Airport, the large port where cruise ships land, the railway station that is always better connected with high speed trains and above all Bari is at the center of the excellent road network that characterizes the Puglia Region.
All this makes this city the natural place of arrival and departure especially for foreign groups.
But if there is a flaw in the tourist reception of the city, it is the poor hotel accommodation, undoubtedly less than the tourist potential. In recent years, many B & Bs have sprung up like mushrooms, but few hotels able to accommodate groups.
Guide service: The standard guide service takes half a day and does not present particular difficulties, but given the artistic wealth of Bari it is possible to describe a whole day.
Contact Giampaolo +39 333 2637942
The half-day tour of Bari can match the operating Locorotondo visit, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Conversano, Gioia del Colle, Trani, Castel del Monte, Barletta, Molfetta, Bito, Ruvo, Altamura, Bisceglie.
Half day itinerary
We meet the guide in the vicinity of the Swabian Castle, the largest in the region whose tall towers and mighty ramparts can be admired.
We enter the historic center through via Arco Basso one of the most characteristic streets of Barivecchia, better known by now with the Strada delle Orecchiette. There we will get to know Angela, Nuzia, Rosa and the other ladies who make the famous Bari orecchiette by hand every day.
We continue towards the Cathedral of San Sabino and then we reach the Famous Basilica of San Nicola, symbol of the city where the relics of the patron saint are kept, still venerated by the Bari people, so as to make the monument a unique mix of great art and popular tradition .
We continue along the city walls that overlook the sea and allow us to enjoy a splendid overall view of the new city, until we reach Piazza Mercantile and the adjoining Piazza del Ferrarese where our tour ends.
Possible second half day.
Bari is a city rich in history and art, visiting it in half a day if you can see the main monuments, much remains to be seen.
In Bari there are several museums of great interest:
The Diocesan Museum where liturgical scrolls of enormous historical and artistic importance are displayed, called Exultet; those exhibited in Bari are certainly among the most beautiful and precious in the world.
Of great charm and interest is also the archaeological area located under the Cathedral of San Sabino, the so Succorpo whose visit is a real journey back in time to the Byzantine dominion of the land of Puglia.
Even the interiors of the Swabian Castle do not disappoint the attentive visitor, both for the grandeur of Renaissance charm, but also for the curious plaster cast housed on the ground floor: it is an endless collection of accurate plaster reproductions of the main works of art present in the whole Puglia region.
Opening of the main monuments and fees
Norman Swabian Castle and Gipsoteca
Opening hours: Open from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm, the ticket office closes half an hour before. Closed on Tuesday
Price: € 9.00 per person, free for children under 18, € 3,50 reduced for ages between 18 and 25.
Note: ATTENTION Here are the new times and provisions for access valid from 22/02/21 until a date to be decided due to the Covid emergency. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.00 to 19.00 entrances every hour, last entry at 18.00 Maximum 30 people, 15 for the view in the Federico II room info 080 8869304
Succorpo of the Cathedral
Price: Adults € 3.00 Children up to 5 years and seniors over 75 Free 6-13 years € 1.50 Groups of high schools € 2.00 Parish groups (accompanied by a priest) € 1.50
Note: (Italiano) Consigliato
Diocesan Museum of the CathedralOpening hours: Thursday 9.30-12.30 Saturday morning: 9.30-12.30 afternoon: 4.30-19.30 Sunday 9.30-12.30
Price: free entry with free offer
Note: Inside the diocesan museum are exhibited the Exultet: masterpieces of medieval art. Recommended
Basilica of San Nicola
Price: free admission
Nicolaiano MuseumAddress: near Basilica of San Nicola
Opening hours: from Monday to Thursday 10.30-17.30 Saturday 10.30-18.30 Sunday 10.30-19.30; closed on Friday
Price: admission € 3.00 groups over 20 paying € 2.00 over sixty-five € 2.00 children up to 12 years free
Phone number: 080 5231429
Civic Historical MuseumAddress: Strada Sagges, 13
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 9.00-13.00 Tuesday afternoon 4.00pm to 6.00pm closed on Monday
Price: Free admission
Pinacoteca Provinciale (Provincial Art Gallery)
Opening hours: closed on Mondays
Price: Free admission
Phone number: 080/5412421-5412422
Museo Archeologico (Archaeological Museum)Address: At the former monastery of Santa Scolastica, Via Nino Rota
Opening hours: 08:30 - 18:30
Price: 2,00€ per person
Teatro Petruzzelli - Petruzzelli Theatre
Orecchietta Pasta Streat
In reality it would be called “strada arco basso” but it is better known as the orecchiette road. Unmissable. Very characteristic: the women of Bari prepare orecchiette, strascinati, fusilli in the street. They are all very kind (in particular Angela and Rosa) and are very happy to give information to tourists and “stop and chat”
Opening hours: from 7.00 to evening, every day, all year
Price: handmade orecchiette cost € 5.00 per kilo
There is no a definite bus parking area.
Public toilet at the Basilica of San Nicola and in Piazza del Ferrarese
Festival of St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas in Bari is celebrated twice a year:
December 6 as in the rest of the world, a religious festival
7-8-9 of May: Feast of the city, the real big party of Bari