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A Quick Guide To Bari, Italy

Updated on November 8, 2019
Nazario Sauro Promenade Bari
Nazario Sauro Promenade Bari

Stroll On The Nazario Sauro Promenade

The part of the promenade called Nazario Sauro is of particular interest architecturally. It is dominated by a mix of different buildings, including some in Art Nouveau style while others have a monumental, fascist character.

The section called Imperatore Augusto is immediately outside the historic city walls. During the morning it belongs to the fishermen unloading and then selling their catches in the fishing port, and in the evening it's a place where young people meet.

Castel del Monte Bari
Castel del Monte Bari

Visit The Castel del Monte

The approximately 50km journey to the west of Bari is definitely worthwhile: When do you get to see an octagonal fortress from the 13th century? In terms of its position, alignment and shape, this castle built by Frederick II displays an astronomical and mathematical precision that is still astounding today.

It's a genuinely unique medieval architectural work – combining elements from classic antiquity, the Orient and northern European Gothic architecture.

Bari Vecchia Bari
Bari Vecchia Bari

Watch Pasta Being Made In Bari Vecchia

Bari Vecchia, the oldest part of the city, is surrounded by medieval walls (Via Venezia). The old city is an interesting mix of alleys, atmospheric squares (Piazza del Ferrarese and Piazza mercantile), churches and monuments.

The traditional shops, the elderly women with their Orecchiette (pasta) and the washing hanging from the facades characterize the atmosphere. This is also where Bari's nightlife can be found in the small hours.

Basilica San Nicola Bari
Basilica San Nicola Bari

Visit The Basilica San Nicola

As one of the first Norman churches in the south, the basilica is a showcase example of Apulian Romanesque architecture. It was built between the 11th and 13th centuries.

Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of seafarers, merchants and young girls, and his remains rest in this basilica. Under the cathedral there are archaeological excavations that are really worth seeing.

Teatro Petruzzelli Bari
Teatro Petruzzelli Bari

Visit The Teatro Petruzzelli

Europe's largest theater rises up in the heart of the Murat quarter. It was opened in 1903 and represents a central piece of Bari's history. The building was destroyed by arson in the night of 26th to 27th October 1991, following the last performance of Bellini's Norma. ‏

Reconstruction was started in 2006 and was completed in 2008. Major international artists such as Rudolf Nureyev, Carla Fracci, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti have all appeared here.

Santo Scolastica Museum of Archaeology Bari
Santo Scolastica Museum of Archaeology Bari

Learn History In The Santo Scolastica Museum of Archaeology

This special museum offers you a trip back through time, covering the past thousand years of Bari's history. Strata from the late Bronze Age right on down to the modern era are preserved at the archaeological site.

Video mapping technology has rendered visible architectural elements of a Byzantine church that is incorporated into a 16th century bastion.

Pinacoteca Corrado Giaquinto Bari
Pinacoteca Corrado Giaquinto Bari

See Paintings At The Pinacoteca Corrado Giaquinto

The Pinakothek was founded in 1928 and is regarded as Apulia's most important museum for the history of art.

It has a medieval department, Venetian paintings, Apulian and Neapolitan painters of the baroque period, a collection on 19th century paintings, works by the Macchiaioli school and also Italian painters of the early 20th century.

One of the other collections is a photographic inventory.

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Castel del Monte:
SS170dir, 76123 Andria BT, Italy

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Basilica San Nicola:
Largo Abate Elia, 13, 70122 Bari BA, Italy

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Teatro Petruzzelli:
Corso Cavour, 12, 70121 Bari BA, Italy

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Santo Scolastica Museum of Archaeology:
Piazza Umberto I, 70121 Bari BA, Italy

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Pinacoteca Corrado Giaquinto:
Lungomare Nazario Sauro, 27, 70121 Bari BA, Italy

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jeremy East

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      Lorna Lamon 

      22 months ago

      I haven't visited this part of Italy as yet so I will put it on my list. Great article full of interesting info. Thank you for sharing.

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      Liz Westwood 

      22 months ago from UK

      I have never been to Bari, but your interesting article encourages me to put it on my holiday bucket list.

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