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What to do in Bari?

With 350,000 inhabitants, Bari is not on the traditional tourist route, but keeps impressive beauties. Stay with us and get to know the beauties, the city's attractions, restaurant tips, and also how to get to Bari!

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What to do in Bari?

The capital of Puglia, Bari, is not part of the circuit of the cities most sought after by tourists; however, all its beauty, history and culture are able to please even the most demanding traveler. I’m sure that after reading our post you will have your mouth watering to visit this fascinating place. Anyway, what to do in Bari? Travel together with us in this post!  Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

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Bari is on the heel of the boot of the Italian map. Conquered by the Romans in the third century BC, it was invaded by the Barbarians in 476 and dominated by the Byzantines in 554. In 840, it belonged to the Saracens and, after 30 years, the Byzantines regained the city; in 1071, the Normans dominated Bari and the city was destroyed by Sicily in 1156. With so many peoples in their territory, one can have an idea of ​​the amount of historical inheritances that the city has, right? Find out here where to stay in Bari!


1) What to do in Bari? PIAZZA DEL FERRARESE

One of Bari’s must-see places is Piazza del Ferrarese (Ferrarese Square), especially if you want to find great restaurants. The historic buildings of the square stand out and the lively atmosphere wins us over right away! It is not one of the largest Italian squares, but it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. It is worth the visit!

2) What to do in Bari? BASILICA DI SAN NICOLA

Be sure to visit the Basilica di San Nicola (St Nicholas’ Basilica). Built in the 11th century, it is a Norman-Pugliese style building and inspired many other buildings in the Puglia region. Entirely made of stone, it was used several times for military purposes. This is where the tomb of Saint Nicholas, patron of Russia, is located.

3) What to do in Bari? PORT OF BARI

The Port of Bari is an attraction in itself! Bathed by the Adriatic Sea, it looks like a painting! Its dark blue contrasts with the sun and the blue horizon and transports us off the planet! Have an ice cream sitting there while admiring the back and forth of the boats, cruise, military and commercials ships, you will love it! It is a very busy region. Ah, the water over there is very cold, even in the summer, but if you dare to take a dip, go ahead! Who knows just getting your feet wet in the water?

4) What to do in Bari? PIAZZA MERCANTILE

Be sure to go to Piazza Mercantile (Mercantile Square), a political and commercial center in medieval times. Sedile Palace, where the nobles met, and the Collona della Giustizia, where those who did not pay their taxes on time were tied up, are eye-catching. The lion at the base of this column has an inscription on the chest that means ‘guardian of justice’ (custodio lusticiae). It’s very beautiful!

5)What to do in Bari? SAN NICOLAU

If you are in Bari on May 9th, you will be able to see the celebration that the city has for Saint Nicholas. The Saint, according to tradition, helped the less fortunate, putting gold in the chimney of their houses during the Christmas season (does this story remind you of anything?). Thus, helping those in need, he had his figure related to that of a gentleman named Santaclaus, better known as Santa Claus. Legend or not, the fact is that the city has enormous admiration for the Saint and promotes a huge party for him in the month of May with colors, fun and animation!

6)What to do in Bari? SVEVO CASTLE

Another interesting point that deserves your time is the Svevo Castle. The castle was completely restored by Emperor Frederick II in 1233 and later donated to the Sforza family (the one in Milan!) Who expanded it. In the 19th century it was used as a prison and later for military purposes. Today, still imposing, it is surrounded by a three-sided moat and towering walls, which, at night, are beautifully lit. To enter the castle, you pass through a bridge over the moat that leads to the courtyard. Nowadays, there are art exhibitions in the Patio, some temporary and others permanent.

7)What to do in Bari? ANCIENT AND NEW BARI

Bari is ‘divided’ into two parts: Ancient Bari (Bari Vecchia) and New Bari (Bari Nuova) and this ‘division’ is made up of a street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele. After two centuries of abandonment, Naples included it in its kingdom, the urban center began to be erected in 1813 and the king of Naples, Gioacchino Murat, who was the brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte, was the one who ordered the construction of the new part of the city.

8)What to do in Bari? THEATERS

Some of the most famous symbols of Bari are Piccini Theater, which is the oldest in the city and was built in 1834 to honor the composer Niccolò Piccini, who was born in Bari. Then we also have the Petruzzelli Theater, which is the largest cultural center in Bari and which, among all the great theaters, is the most beloved in the city. It was erected in 1903 and destroyed by fire in 1991; soon afterwards, it was completely restored and reopened in 2009. Finally, the Margherita Theater, one of Bari’s postcards, dating from 1912. The theater was badly damaged during the war, but it also underwent restorations and renovations and was also reopened in 2009. Today it works as a museum for art exhibitions.

Where to eat in Bari?

Now let’s get to our list of recommendations for you to eat well in Bari.

Osteria Sopravento

Osteria Sopravento – with its ambience and modern dishes, it offers the best of gastronomy for those who like beautiful and tasty dishes! The wine list is excellent, great location and very good service! It is worth visiting! Where: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 35. Hours: Sunday, from 12 pm to 3 pm; Monday, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm and from Wednesday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

La Ciclatera

La Ciclatera – a place with a beautiful view, very friendly service and delicious drinks and food! La Ciclatera is one of the most popular places, especially for the aperitif and offers very attractive prices! Where: Corte Colagualano, 36. Hours: Mondays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Tuesdays, from 7:00 pm to 0:00 am and from Wednesday to Sunday, from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am.

Athena Foccace

Athena Foccace – with delicious foccace, it is VERY worth stopping by! There are all types and for all tastes. The price is excellent and the service is very friendly! Where: Via Crisanzio, 8. Hours: Monday to Friday, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Pizzeria Angelo Botta

Pizzeria Angelo Botta – with delicious pizzas, the pizzeria is very traditional, also frequented by the locals and has very attractive prices and pizzas! The service is great and the place is charming! Where: Via Gian Giuseppe Carulli, 71. Hours: Wednesday to Monday, from 5:00 pm to 0:00 am.

Useful information

People, it is worth remembering that some hours may change according to the season, so check before going to the location. A good suggestion is to book in advance, especially on two occasions: during the summer, in high season, when the city is CROWDED, and for dinner, which is usually the busiest time. Find out here How to book a restaurant in Italy?


It is evident that the city offers a wide range of restaurants: the more centralized, the more expensive! If you want more affordable places, move away from the center a bit or look for them in the adjacent streets, those little known by tourists. A suggestion is to ask if the hotel where you are staying has any indication: sometimes, they are affiliated and even offer a discount. Also, ask if the hotel has a restaurant: sometimes they have restaurants and it ends up being unnoticed in our madness to look for a good and cheap restaurant.

How to get to Bari?

1) How to get to Bari? TRAIN

Most stations have trains that pass through Bari station. 

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2) How to get to Bari? BUS

Buses leave from almost all Italian cities to Bari. The bus station in Bari is Largo Sorrentino.

3) How to get to Bari? CAR

From the A1 / E45 and A16 / E842 highways, take the Bari exit. Read also TRAVELING BY CAR IN ITALY, EXAMPLES OF ROUTES. If you are renting a car, be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.

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What to do in Bari? Wherever you look in Bari, something is sure to catch your eye and have a story to tell! Bari is special in every way; visiting this city will only make you see it! And if you feel insecure, have no time to plan, or need help to organize your trip, don’t hesitate to contact me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy come true. And how can I do that? Keep reading this post until the end and you will understand how I can make your life and your trip much easier.

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