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Swabian Castle (Castello Svevo) Tours

Swabian Castle (Castello Svevo)
The 12th-century Swabian Castle (Castello Svevo), with its fortified ramparts and vaulted halls, is one of top sights in Bari and a refreshing break from the port city’s Romanesque churches and art collections. Climb the Hohenstaufen tower and Aragon walls for sweeping views of the city and sea.
 
The Basics
The Swabian Castle was built on the Adriatic seafront in 1132 by Norman conquerors to keep the citizens of Bari in check. Damaged later during a skirmish with Sicily, the fortress was rebuilt and extended in 1233 by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II; its thick walls and moat were added during the 16th century when the castle became a private residence. During its long life, this waterfront castle has been owned by several Italian noble families and used as a prison and army barracks. Today, the tranquil courtyard and halls house the Gipsoteca, a museum of sculptural fragments in plaster from important monuments in Bari Vecchia, the city’s historic center.
 
One of the top attractions in Bari, Swabian Castle is included in most walking or bike tours of the historic center, along with the Basilica of St. Nicholas, the Cathedral of St. Sabino, and Piazza Mercantile.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Much of the Swabian Castle is outdoors, so wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • The castle and museum are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • A visit to the castle is fun for kids, and there is a large grassy courtyard.
  • Views over the city and sea from the castle are among the best in Bari, so bring your camera.
 
How to Get There
The Swabian Castle is located on Piazza Federico II di Svevia, adjacent the city’s historic center and an easy walk from the train station and from other important sights and attractions.
 
When to Get There
Southern Italian cities can get uncomfortably hot in the summer, and Bari is no exception. Plan your visit to Swabian Castle for first thing in the morning or during the late afternoon if you are traveling between June and September. The castle is closed on Mondays.
 
The Gipsoteca in Bari’s Swabian Castle
Inside the castle, three large vaulted halls house Bari’s Gipsoteca, a museum that collects sculptural fragments, plaster casts of architectural motifs, and decorations made of marble and stone. The sculptures and fragments come from some of the most important churches and palaces in the region, tracing architectural styles from ancient times through the 18th century.
Address: Piazza Federico II di Svevia 4, Bari, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Walking tour Bari with Focaccia tasting

Walking tour Bari with Focaccia tasting

Most travelers use Bari as a jumping-off spot to explore Puglia, but this port city has a delightful old town to discover. With this tour, take in the highlights of “Bari Vecchia” like the Swabian Castle, Basilica of San Nicola, and Cathedral in just hours with a guide. Meet the local women who make handmade “orecchiette” pasta streetside and cap off your experience with fresh focaccia from a historic bakery.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.17
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$48.17
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Bari walking tour for groups

Bari walking tour for groups

Capital of Puglia, Bari boasts the presence of the Basilica of San Nicola, an important example of Apulian Romanesque architecture. This church is included amongst the most important places of worship in the world, where Catholic and Orthodox worships blend together. You will visit the old town (including the fish market, both Ferrarese and Mercantile squares, the Ancient wall "la Muraglia", the Basilica of Saint Nicholaus, the Cathedral, the Norman-Swabian Castle and walk down the alleys up to the "pasta" street"). Please note this is a walking tour only, If you choose the pick-up option from the port of Bari, we will reach together the old town on foot.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$279.13
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Walking tour of Bari & food tasting *private tour*

Walking tour of Bari & food tasting *private tour*

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Capital of Puglia, Bari boasts the presence of the Basilica of San Nicola, an important example of Apulian Romanesque architecture. This church is included amongst the most important places of worship in the world, where Catholic and Orthodox worship blend together. You will visit the old town (including the fish market, both Ferrarese and Mercantile squares, the Ancient wall "la Muraglia", the Basilica of Saint Nicholaus, the Cathedral, the Norman-Swabian Castle and walk down the alleys up to the "pasta" street"). You will stop in different locations to taste our most popular street food ( "focaccia", "popizze" and "sgagliozze"). It's possible to personalize this tour by sending us a request or to choose a different meeting point in Bari.
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  • 2 hours
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$24.08
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$24.08

Bari Bike Tour

Bari Bike Tour

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Explore Puglia’s capital on this 2-hour bike tour that takes you through Bari’s maze-like old town and lesser-known neighborhoods outside the city center. Cover much more distance than walking to see highlights such as the San Sabino Cathedral, the Basilica di San Nicola, and the local fish market while your guide shares insight into the city’s heritage. Take in beautiful seaside views and stop for a tasting of delicious handmade ice cream.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.89
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Bari Treasure Hunt Tour

Bari Treasure Hunt Tour

PlacenPeople, the largest local organizing community in Puglia, presents this new "Hunt for Treasures of Bari" tour. A new way to get to know the city: a journey organized in stages, in each of which you can discover a cultural treasure, solving an enigma with the help of the Organizers, and starting from some clues that will be found along the way. You will discover having fun the cultural treasures of Bari. An adventure in the "Dan Brown" style, in which the entire journey was conceived by PlacenPeople with the collaboration of famous scholars of the history of Puglia, and known signatures, so that everything you live is historically founded, and in the end you will know the true soul of this city.
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  • 2 hours
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$3.71
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Bari By Night City Centre and Seafront Walking Tour

Bari By Night City Centre and Seafront Walking Tour

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With its Mediterranean heat and port crowds, exploring Bari by day can be a chore. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and fewer tourists with this night tour that takes you past some of the most magical monuments and the twinkling lights of the seafront promenade on foot. Learn about the city’s history and lore from your guide as you admire the romantically lit churches and squares of the old town.
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  • 2 hours
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$103.67
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$103.67
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Archaeological Bari

Archaeological Bari

This experience consists of a wonderful walk around the ancient city of Bari, the Byzantine city that was the capital of southern Italy in 960 AD I will be able to show you its treasures through the eyes of an art historian (me or my colleagues). I'll give you tips and details you can't find in books! A walk in the underground of Bari is a very intense experience: you will feel like you are wandering in an ancient living city! During the experience, I will explain the history of the city and how the Romans lived, showing you all the most important public buildings and private houses.
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  • 2 hours
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$28.90
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$28.90

Prepare and taste the orecchiette + Tour of Bari Vecchia

Prepare and taste the orecchiette + Tour of Bari Vecchia

We will visit the historical center with a historical description and in the end we will understand how to prepare the pasta. We will enter the house of one of the oldest and most experienced women in the city. You will love it. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE DIFFERENT REQUESTS ABOUT THE TIME, PLEASE CHAT ME AND WE WILL FIND A SUITABLE TIME FOR YOU. my email is shown above andryus_bat plus snail mail hotmail point it
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$42.15
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$42.15
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Tour of the fortifications of Bari: the defenses of the city and their history

Tour of the fortifications of Bari: the defenses of the city and their history

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The city fortifications are the protagonists of this itinerary. From the implantation of the megalithic walls at the Bastion of Santa Scolastica, to the demolition of the city defenses by Murat who started the chessboard work of the new city. Bari, its defenses, its history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$29.65
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$29.65
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The magic of

The magic of "Bari Vecchia"

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With this tour you will visit the most significant places of the old town through evocative landscapes, history, culture and legends. We will enter the Cathedral and the "Basilica of San Nicolas". Finally we will pass by a road where some women still make the "orecchiette".
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$30.89
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$30.89
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Your Tour: Family

Your Tour: Family

You and your children are invited to join the most entertaining tour of the city: learn about Bari through games and tales, walk peacefully into the old town and let your children play around. Dedicated to kids, teens, and forever-young adults. There is no time to get bored: enjoy Bari with your family!
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$144.50
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$144.50
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In Bari with a Local: Private Walking Tour

In Bari with a Local: Private Walking Tour

Experience the picturesque yet often overlooked city of Bari - capital of the Puglia region of Italy. Enjoy the benefits of your own personal, private expert local guide who will enchant you with the cultural and historical treasures including the Castle of Bari, Cathedral of St. Sabino and the Basilica of St. Nicholas, where the saint’s bones are kept to this day. With the guidance from a local expert, take a two hour private tour through the cultural and historical treasures of the city of Bari. With stops at the Castle of Bari, Cathedral of St. Sabino and the Basilica of St. Nicholas, (where St. Nick’s bones are kept to this day) see the varied neighborhoods where locals linger and inside “la cucina Italiana” the regional delicacy of orecchiette pasta is still crafted in its traditional way. Enjoy the surroundings at two of the most integral piazzas in the region, where you will wander among the quaint shops and fragrant restaurants typical to the region.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$313.09
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$313.09
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Walking tour of the ancient center (Bari Vecchia)

Walking tour of the ancient center (Bari Vecchia)

We will visit the old city which is the most characteristic part of the city. we will get in touch with the reality of the city population, discovering its peculiarities. we will taste the local food. The group will be a maximum of 10 people. The excursion is a pleasant and relaxing walk.
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  • 2 hours
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$26.49
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$26.49
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Экскурсии в Бари и в Арулии

Экскурсии в Бари и в Арулии

Прогулка по старому городу Бари. посещение самых красивых и исторических мест города (включая Базилика Святого Николая) и дегуси
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  • 2 to 12 hours
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$15.65
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$15.65

Bari Walking tour

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Bari Walking tour

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Here is the best way to discover not only all the most important monuments of Bari, but also the typical angles and hidden paths. If you have a few hours or days in Bari - it doesn't matter! - this tour is a must. You will have a unique and expert guide for those who want to get the best and the best out of the city. Meeting point in front of the Castle.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.09
$36.13
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Walking & Tasting TOur

Walking & Tasting TOur

The tour lasts about 2 hours and will involve in the Apulian atmosphere, during which you will appreciate the famous street food of the city as a true citizen of Bari would do. Among the different stages, we will visit the main monuments of Bari as the Basilica of San Nicola and will discover interesting stories and curiosities about the ancient gastronomic tradition of Bari. In addition, the route will include a visit to an ancient city bakery, where visitors will be exposed to the original recipe for the preparation of one of the must-haves of Neapolitan street food, the "focaccia barese".
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.19
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