The extraordinary Old City largely consists of narrow and winding streets, making it a charming place to stroll around. You will find all the important medieval monuments, such as the Swabian castle and many churches, including the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola. When the hunger kicks in there are plenty of bars and restaurants to head for where to enjoy some yummy food!
This building was originated by Roger II (1139) and destroyed at least twice by the people of Bari, in protest again the tyranny of the Normans. Finally, Frederick II rebuilt it, almost completely, between 1233 and 1240 and thanks to him, today, we can enjoy a visit to this important piece of history.
This stunning, white-limestone church was constructed between 1087 and 1197 and has always held the remains of San Nicola (who is also known as Santa Klaus). It is both a Catholic and an Orthodox church and, partly for this reason, it is a place of annual pilgrimage for many people from all over the world.
Named in honour of Bishop San Sabino, Cattedrale Di San Sabino is the main church in Bari. It was originally built in Byzantine style in the 11th century but was destroyed in 1156 and thereafter it was rebuilt in Romanesque form, in 1170. The cathedral is currently one of the most important attractions in town: definitely a must-see!
Located 70 kilometres from the centre of Bari, this unique medieval manor house stands on top of a hill in the Apulian Murgia, 540 metres above sea level and 18 kilometres from Andria. It was built by Frederick II between 1229 and 1249 and is today a national monument and one of the best preserved medieval castles in Southern Italy. In 1996 Castel Del Monte was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This series of grottoes (40 kilometres southeast of Bari) are the biggest ones in Italy. They are 3 kilometres long and 71 meters deep, and include long underground passages and deep caves covered with hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands of years by water erosion of the calcareous rock.
Alberobello is located 60 kilometres away from the centre of Bari and it´s undoubtedly one of the most picturesque towns in the world, as it consists entirely of tiny trulli houses. You will definitely fall in love with this peculiar, magical spot, so make sure to pay it a visit!
Take a walk in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, a living museum operated by the University of Bari. The garden was established in 1955 and contains a greenhouse and a herbarium with about 40,000 specimens. Here you can enjoy amazing collections of flowers and plants like orchidaceous, aizoaceae and Italian flora like grindelia robusta.
This is a fun waterpark for the whole family with great and welcoming staff. There are three pools: one for younger children, one with a wave generator and a large pool with different types of pool slides. Around the pools there are relaxing areas with chairs where you can stay in the shadow if it gets too warm. With all the swimming activities you might feel hungry or thirst soon, but do not worry there is a restaurant and café onsite.
With Velo Service you can get to know the city by bike. This is a fun way to discover the town with an expert guide who takes you to the most typical and charming places, or maybe, you could also choose the best bike and plan your own tour to explore the city! There is a third alternative, you can visit the heart of Bari in a comfortable and modern Rickshaw. The guide will take you to the most important places, telling you stories and anecdotes about the town and its people.
Only a short train ride away lies the lovely picturesque fishing port called Trani. On this great excursion trip you can enjoy the beautiful harbour, take a walk along the beach or visit the stunning cathedral. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés to choose from that serve lovely food. This charming town is well worth a visit!
It is highly recommended to take a walk along the beautiful waterfront for a nice overview of the city. While you are walking, take a minute and admire the skyline of the city with the bell tower of the Cathedral and the shape of the Basilica of San Nicola. Moreover, if you like to exercise, this is an ideal place to go running.
For pure adrenaline, you can head the Adrenalin Zone adventure park, an urban acrobatic park where you can easily spend some hours. The park is full of fun and challenging activities for adults, teens and children. With nearly 100 different steps and pathways, your balance and determination will definitely be tested. But do not worry; instructors are ready to provide all necessary help!
Altamura Cathedral was founded by Emperor Frederick II of Swabia in 1232. This is an important symbol of the town history and one of the four Palatine cathedrals of Puglia (the others are San Nicola in Bari, Barletta Cathedral, and Acquaviva Cathedral). The Cathedral has gone through major changes and is today an interesting tourist attraction.
You can try a variety of vegetables and fish cooked according to the best local cuisine. Recommended choices are the “risotto ai due ghiottoni’ with spinach, cream, ham and parmesan cheese and oven-cooked salted bass fish. Moreover, there is a good selection of local, national and international wines.
Located in the heart of Bari, only a few step from the sea, Ristorante Perbacco is an elegant place where you can eat traditional Mediterranean cuisine, which are all prepared with quality ingredients. Pick a glass of wine that will complement your dinner perfectly from the extensive wine list that will even satisfy the most refined palates.
At this restaurant, located in an old building in the city centre, you will have the unmissable chance to try local cuisine such as “orecchiette alle fave” (typical homemade pasta with broad beans) or with cicoria (chicory) or cime di rape and cavatelli (another kind of pugliese homemade pasta) with seafood sauce!
This pizzeria has moved from the city centre to the suburbs and this is definitely a good choice because of the availability of parking and the place is huge - with plenty of tables outside and inside. Not to be missed: hors d’oeuvre (Barese ham, olives and bruschetta) and, obviously, the delicious pizza.
Shodai, the first Japanese restaurant in Bari, is very popular among locals and tourists alike. Here you can enjoy Asian classics like sushi, vegetable tempura, salmon sashimi and noodle dishes. Everything is prepared with professionalism and fantasy and served by a friendly staff. Also, the restaurant has a modern interior with black-and-red colour scheme.
Terranima is a restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere and offers an enjoyable meal with good selection of authentic flavours of Puglia. On the menu you will find freshly prepared dishes like grilled fish, fresh pasta and vegetarian food. The prices are also pretty reasonable for the quality you will get. All you need to do is to enjoy a good wine with your delicious food.
This restaurant with a menu offering pizzas, fish and seafood is beautifully located by the sea. Here you can have a romantic dinner in a unique atmosphere and, at the same time, admire the fascinating coastline. Plus, in the summertime you could enjoy your tasty food on the outside terrace and watch the lovely sunset.
La Uascezze is located in the heart of the Old Town. It can be hard to find but is really worth the search. Here you can enjoy authentic local food in a nice atmosphere and at a good price and to accompany your food you can have a fine glass of wine or a beer: the whole experience will not be disappointing!
Hostaria Al Gambero is situated only a few steps from the sea, near the harbour of Bari. The restaurant serves a variety of Pugliese cuisine and specializes in seafood dishes, all accompanied by a selection of fine wines from the best wineries. Good quality, a devoted staff and friendly family atmosphere makes it a very popular restaurant for locals and tourists alike.
"Obsessed by coffee since 1932" says it all about how devoted they are to the idea of offering their guests the best experience when it comes to coffee. SAICAF is one of the oldest cafés in town, but unfortunately, it has been restructured recently, losing its vintage charm. Having said that, there are still many reasons to pay it a visit: here you will probably taste the best croissants in Bari!
This centrally located café is one of the most popular gathering venues not only for its location, but also for the deliciousness of every item offered. Come here with a couple of friends during a rainy afternoon and treat yourself with a dessert and a cup of hot chocolate or an herbal tea!
Caffè Vergnano, a café chain with several locations across the world and in Bari there are three café stores. Start your day with a tasty breakfast or just pop by for a cup of strong coffee and relax in a young, cosmopolitan yet warm atmosphere. From the menu, you can pick wraps, sandwiches, stuffed omelettes, Genoese cakes (sponge cake) and appetizers to complement your hot beverage.
A musical and cultural centre, Demode Club is a spacious venue where to enjoy concerts with national and international artists, including well-known and newcomers but also a place where to dance your shoes off to music like rock, hip hop and 90s. The Demode Club is a good place to have fun with friends and get to know new people that shares your taste in music!
In this cosy tavern you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the afternoon or have a beer or a glass of fine wine in the evening, while some relaxing acoustic music is being played live. This place gets pretty crowded, so get ready for some fun hustle and bustle in a dimly lighted bar!
La Parrilla de Juan is a bar decorated in a pure Mexican style, with wooden chairs and red napkins. A good place to hang out with friends and to try the best Mojito you will find in town and if you are feeling hungry, they serve some tasty Mexican food too. It all can be enjoyed in a pretty lively ambience.
This American pub attracts a mixed clientele, since it´s not only considered as a pub but also as a pizzeria and a proper nightclub. So, do not be surprised if you encounter families having something to eat in the early evening and as the evening falls big groups of Erasmus students on the dancefloor!
If you want to find Italian fashion clothing, bags, shoes and accessories you should head over to one of the most famous shopping streets in Bari, the via Sparano, also claimed to be the most important shopping street in the city. Stroll along this street and discover some elegant boutiques with well-known brands like Valentino, Gucci, Max Mara and Marina Rinaldi. There are also more affordable shops located here like Zara, Benetton and Maglieria Glenfield.
Other shopping areas that deserves a visit is Corso Cavour and via Manzoni. Corso Cavour is a large, beautiful street that leads down to the water, and it is dotted with several fashion stores including many lovely cafés where you can take a break with brioche and cappuccino!
The market held in via Napoli, open on Monday mornings, is a great place for second-hand clothes, shoes, textiles and craft items. So, if you are a vintage-lover or a person who enjoys the chaotic, but authentic atmosphere of the markets, you should definitely check it out!
Been in business since 1935, Okay Baby is a family-run company, located in the Old Town and is frequently visited by tourist and locals. The store is a kind of a bazaar where you will find pretty much everything like: toys, household, stationery, cosmetics, beach items, gift items, bags and much more.
Italians love accessories and so does the rest of the fashion world. When visiting Italy, you are bound to leave with a piece of jewellery or a watch. At Bulgari you have a magnificent collection to choose from and in Bari there are four authorized retailers: one of them is named Mario Mossa S.R.L.
Coccinelle, another Italian brand, founded in 1978 in the city of Parma, has gradually become popular worldwide thanks to its beautiful bags and accessories, a brand that pays attention to details. This store is perfect if you want to revel in scarves, accessories, bags and shoes!
Do you want to experience the magic of Disney's fairy tales and characters? Check out the Disney Store located in the busy via Sparano and buy your favourite character's own mug, t-shirt or teddy bear. Every child will love this spot and they will for sure find something to bring back home.
Bari International Airport is located around 10 kilometres from the city centre and it serves several major airlines, low cost companies included. From the city centre you can reach the airport in several ways, so just choose the one that suits you best: -With the bus 16 (run by Bari transport company AMTAB) it will take around 45 minutes to city centre, but this is definitely the cheapest option (around 1,50 €), departing every 40/50 minutes. -Travelling on the shuttle you will save 15 minutes and cost around 4 €. -Taking the taxi, is the most comfortable option, but also the most expensive (around 25 €). You will find taxis outside the arrivals area. www.baritaxi.it - Car rental is another option. You will find several car rental companies at the airport like Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Win Rent and Autoservizi Maggiore.
The city of Bari is easy to walk around, but every corner of the city is still well connected by the company AMTAB (Azienda Mobilità e Trasporti di Bari), so have a look at the website below to check the buses' schedule. You can buy your tickets at every "Tabacchini" around the town. There are different ticket types to choose from, one-hour ticket, the daily ticket or the weekly ticket.