Best Things To Do in Bari, Italy

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  • Bari Vecchia: An ancient part of the city with picturesque medieval communities is a must see tourist attraction in Bari.
  • Basilica of Saint Nicholas: Also known as Basilica di San Nicola was built in 1087. It houses the relics of the Saint brought down from Myra and Lycia.
  • Bari Cathedral: A cathedral, which was originally built in Byzantine style, but later rebuilt in Romanesque style after its destruction in 1156. The crypt in the Cathedral is home to the remains of Saint Sabinus of Canosa.
  • Petruzzelli Theatre: One of the grandest theatres for opera, it is known for hosting several famous operas in the 20th century.
  • Castello Svevo: Also known as Swabian Castle, The Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle is a magnificient place originally built by Roger II of Sicily in 1131 and later, rebuilt by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. It is now a gallery that hosts several exhibitions round the year.


Tourists can opt for following guided tours which offer fun-filled activities in Bari:

  • Tour Nel Sud - Green Holiday: Excursions, Guided tour, Activities and food tasting in the city. Via Monte Grappa 101/A, 70125 Bari, Italy.
  • As Soon As Puglia: A professional tour around the city with interesting presentation. Via Franchetti, 29, 70125 Bari, Italy.
  • SeaDreams Excursions: Informative bus tour of the city. Bari, Italy.
  • Tours of Puglia - Private Day Tours: Full day excursions involving touring of the region of Puglia. Corso Antonio De Tullio, Bari, Italy.

Below we have a list of things to do in Bari and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Bari getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Bari with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Bari

Here is the list of things to do in Bari and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Basilica San Nicola

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site

    This signature Basilica at Bari was one of the first Norman churches of Southern Italy. Built in 1089, the basilica stores the relics of St. Nicolas of Myra (better known as Father Christmas) who lived almost 1700 years ago. Known for his many miracles for helping the poor and those in need, he is revered by both the Catholic and the Orthodox Church. Interestingly, it is said that our modern da...Read more
  2. Velo Service - Bike Rental And Tours


    Great service, communicative and professional staff, friendly and knowledgeable guides, and their easy location, is what is making Velo Service - Bike Rental & Tours one of the most sought after options by visitors at Bari. Also, not to mention that they are much cheaper than other guided tours of the city. They operate at Bari as well as the adjoining areas. Promoting the simple pleasures ...Read more
  3. Trani

    Church, River

    It is the harbour city in the region of Apulia (Puglia) with clear Greek influences. Also known as the Pearl of Puglia. Visitors can choose from: Historical grandeur of the city, castles and forts Pilgrimage, churches. The public gardens for its magnificent view. The more laid back can take a leisurely stroll across the city’s shiny limestone streets, finishing alongside the Adriatic coa...Read more
  4. Lungomare E Murat A Bari

    View Point, Walking Area, Cafe, Restaurant

    Lungomere is a gorgeous seaside overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Ideal for couples, one can indulge in long romantic walks amidst old-fashioned lamp posts along the picturesque boulevard. Watch the ferries go by or soak in the landscape of the local port life. Do not forget to peak in occasionally at cafes alongside the port to try out the local seafood delicacies.
  5. Citta Vecchia - Bari

    Church, Town, Cathedral , Old Town

    Thrown a bit back in time, Citta Vecchia refers to Bari’s old town. For the more relaxed traveler: Take a leisurely stroll on the narrow paved streets Basilica San Nicola Cattedrale di San Sabino Il Succorpo della Cattedrale di Bari Castel Del Monte Castello Normanno-Svevo Piazza Mercantile Piazza del Ferrarese Lungomare e Murat a Bari Sample something at the charming patisseries in hidd...Read more
  6. Petruzzelli Theatre

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    Petruzzelli Theatre

    Entertainment, Performance, Theatre, Cinema

    Located in Bari, Teatro Petruzzelli is the fourth largest theatre in the whole of Italy. The theatre was originally built in 1903 with the insides painted by the famous Raffaele Armenise. However, the theatre was completely destroyed in 1991 in a fire by arson. Rebuilt in 2006, the theatre as it stands today, lies in the hands of the city of Bari. The theatre reopened in 2009 with the performan...Read more
  7. Mercadante Forest

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    Mercadante Forest

    Forest, Restaurant, Picnic Spot, Nature

    Covering a span of almost 1300 hectares, the Mercadante forest is part of the Alta Murgia Park. Interestingly this forest is artificially created as a demographic recovery of Bari, following the deforestation that was causing environmental damages in the nineteenth century. Once you are done with the urban sprawl of Bari, breathe some fresh air. Walking or cycling through this beautiful nature...Read more
  8. Castel Del Monte

    Castle, Historical Site, Unesco Site

    A thirteenth century castle and citadel, Castle Del Monte, has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Standing tall at 26 meter, the Castle is said to be built in 1240-1250 under the orders of the Roman Emperor Frederick II. The original structure had marble columns and walls. But once the building went into disrepair, the structure was vandalized and stripped off and all the marble was...Read more
  9. Scavi Di Egnazia - Museo

    4.5 (309 Votes)
    Scavi Di Egnazia - Museo

    Museum, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Archaeological Site

    Known as Gnatia in the ancient times, the ruins of Egnazia are one of the most important archaeological sites of Puglia. The ruins have a diverse history starting from The Bronze Ages and ending at the Roman Empire before it was destroyed and abandoned completely. The site is divided into three parts: The Museum: Hosts the archaeological finds and other historical artefacts from the ruins. Nec...Read more
  10. Warner Village

    Outdoors, Village, Entertainment, Theatre

    One of the first multiplexes to open in Bari, it hosts a wide range of movies. The theatres boast of comfortable seating and an excellent sound system.
  11. Gravina Di Puglia

    Church, Religious Site, Museum, Historical Site

    This Italian town was originally founded by the Greeks and then taken over by the Romans in 306 BC during the 3rd Samnite War; later to be ruled by North African Muslims. Mario Tozzi in his book Italian Secret, mentions Gravina and the hidden treasure beneath (underground caves). Sights to explore in Gravina: The scenic view for one is absolutely breathtaking. Spend a while just appreciating t...Read more
  12. Military Memorial Of The 'fallen Overseas' Bari

    Historical Site, War Memorial, Cemetery

    A War Memorial preserving the remains of Italian soldiers and guards who died in the two World Wars. Some of the remains have originated from overseas war cemeteries. Situated on the outskirts of Bari on the road to Brindisi, the memorial houses the remains of almost 70,000 Italian soldiers fallen on foreign territory. The complex contains: The Shrine: List of the fallen soldiers and other his...Read more
  13. Che Gusto C'e

    4.5 (311 Votes)
    Che Gusto C'e

    Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    This ice-cream shop has taken the town of Bari and its visitors by a storm. No surprise there as Italians are known for their creative ways with ice-creams. Che Gusto C’e’s claim to fame is their Vegan ice-creams which contain no milk and eggs; and that all other ice-creams are healthy with natural fruit fibres and no lactose it them.
  14. Piazza Mercantile

    Cafe, Club, Pubs, Town

    Overlooking the Port, the Piazza Mercantile is popular among tourists for its nightlife. Lined with cafes and clubs and pubs, there is something to please everyone. Faces the Sedile, HQ of the Council of Nobles of Bari. Colonna Della Giustizia in the northeast corner, where debtors were whipped for not paying on time.
  15. Basilica Of Barsento

    Church, Historical Site, Architecture

    The Basilica of Barsento is real gem in the architectural history of Apulia. The adjoining farm was once a convent. It is not open to visitors anymore. Built in 591 AD under Pope Gregory the Great, it was home to the monks of St. Equizio. The church is often admired for: The Greek-Roman inspiration for church. The facade and the technique used to build the church, inspired by the construction ...Read more