This tinerary goes across the medieval monuments of the capital city of Apulia, with a special look at the histories and the traditions of the Apulian that remains unto this day. Departing from Piazza Mercantile, we will visit the mani attractions of the Old Town.
We will take you through the historical center of Bari to discover the historical facts and monuments since the time of the Roman rule in the 3rd century B. C. We will be visiting Piazza Mercantile, Cattedrale di San Sabino, the Basilica di San Nicola and Castello Normanno Svevo, passing by small alleys, churches, fountains and houses.
Bari is an ancient port town since the 1st century B.C during the Roman Empire and later conquered by numerous kingdoms. However, Bari is more than just a transportation hub. The city is filled with spectacular gems from historical castles and architecture to man-made white sandy beaches. Visit the historical center, Bari Vecchia. Stroll through the Pasta Alley, where you’ll see women making fresh pasta by the dozens.
Wander through historical center of Bari Vecchia and visit the cafes and bars at Piazza Mercantile to experience the authentic Bari culture and atmosphere. The 11th century Basilica San Nicolas houses the original tomb of St. Nicholas. Don’t miss the Norman Castello Svevo that was originally built in the 12th century and it served as a residence for Isabella of Aragon. The enchanting inner courtyards and monumental staircase is something to behold. The Romanesque Cathedral of St. Sabinus remains to be an important example of the Apulian architecture.
It is known that Bari cuisine is Italy’s most traditional and authentic dish. Dishes are typically based on wheat, olive oil and wine. Bari is most famous for its handmade pasta such as orecchiette ear-shaped pasta, recchietelle or strascinate, chiancarelle and cavatelli. The little savory taralli, friselle and sgagliozze can be found in the streets selling them as snacks. Pasta al forno, a baked pasta dish is a very popular lunch dish in Bari. Bari also offers a range of fresh fish and seafood and often eaten raw.
Other tours of Apulia
Discover the best of Apulia with a Private Tour of Alberobello or with a Private Tour of Otranto.
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
We suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
Also, please remember to wear appropriate clothing to have access inside the churches on the tour (no shorts, miniskirts, tank tops, or shirts that leave the shoulders uncovered).