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How to Spend 1 Day in Bari

How to Spend 1 Day in Bari

The largest city in Puglia and a major cruise-ship and ferry port on the Adriatic Sea, Bari has a lovely old town that testifies to its rich and varied past, as well as a vibrant waterfront nightlife anchored firmly in the present. If you only have one day to visit this bustling coastal capital, here’s how to see the main highlights.

Morning: Old Town (Bari Vecchia)

Bari is a sprawling modern port, but at its heart lies the old town, Bari Vecchia. Take a self-guided audio tour or join a walking, bike, rickshaw, or Segway tour though the historic center with a guide to learn about this city’s long history. Tours generally take in highlights like the 12th-century Basilica di San Nicola, home to the remains of Saint Nicholas—better known as Santa Claus; Swabian Castle (Castello Svevo); Cathedral of St. Sabino; and the lively Piazza Mercantile, the social focal point of the old town.  

Afternoon: Bari Cuisine

No city is more proud of its local cuisine than Bari, and the city’s grandmothers (nonnas), often gather on the narrow lanes crisscrossing the old town to hand-roll fresh orecchiette pasta. Experience the deeply rooted culinary traditions of the city firsthand with a food tour and sample beloved street food like panzerotti and sgagliozze, or join a cooking class to create classic dishes on your own. Once you’ve prepared your meal, you’ll sit down to savor the fruits of your labor, washed down with Puglian wine. 

Night: Quick Jaunts

Bari sits on the coast, so end the day by taking a few hours to relax on the beach. Alternatively, a number of quick excursions can be combined with a day in Bari. The towering Castel del Monte fortress is a short drive from the city, as is the charming fishermen’s village of Polignano a Mare and the medieval town of Conversano. Archaeology enthusiasts can head a bit further south to tour the ruins of the ancient city at Gnatia, where many of the artifacts now displayed in Bari’s Santa Scolastica Archaeological Museum were unearthed.

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Bari Street Food Walking Tour

Bari Street Food Walking Tour

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Taste your way around town with this street food tour of Bari, and learn about the city’s signature treats from a private guide. Starting with a walk around Bari’s Old Town, the tour introduces you to standout sights such as the Basilica of St. Nicholas and its sacred crypt. Continue to explore the cobblestoned enclave, trying fresh burrata cheese, focaccia, salumi, panzerotti, and home-made gelato. Finally, you’ll finish with a visit to the city’s French neighborhood where a large fish market is held.
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  • 3 hours
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$60.67
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Bari Segway Tour

Bari Segway Tour

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Make the most of your time in Bari, and travel around the city with ease, when you go on an introductory Segway tour. Meet your guide in the Old Town, grab your helmet and Segway, and explore the city’s major highlights, from the Basilica di San Nicola to the Castello Normanno-Svevo. You can also upgrade to couple your Segway tour with a traditional pasta-making class, or go on a street food-themed Segway tour, complete with numerous samples.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$48.28
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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
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 Private cooking class at a local's home with tasting in Bari

Private cooking class at a local's home with tasting in Bari

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Learn about the cuisine of Bari and how to make it with this private cooking class, held in the home of a cesarina, or "home cook," a local food enthusiast who teaches culinary traditions to visitors. You'll make three Bari recipes, which you'll then get to sample along with a selection of local wine.
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  • 3 hours
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$175.03
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Bari Rickshaw Tour with Museum Visits

Bari Rickshaw Tour with Museum Visits

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See Bari by rickshaw, and enjoy a fun take on a 3-hour historical tour of the city. As you relax, your guide drives the rickshaw around the city’s little-known corners and landmarks. Swing past the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari Old Town, and then travel to two of the city’s museums, which are decided on the day. Perhaps hop out to discover underground Roman walls in Il Succorpo della Cattedrale di Bari or walk among the art exhibitions of the Swabian Castle. As an extra bonus, a tasting of home-made Italian ice cream is included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour

Private Tour: Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour

The Castel del Monte, a 13th-century castle known for its octagonal shape and its eight towers, is one of the most important medieval landmarks in southern Italy. On this private tour of the castle, you’ll admire its exterior, discover its interior (entry own expense), and learn all about its colorful history from your guide. Pick your own departure time to suit your schedule, and get up close and personal with the UNESCO-listed site.
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  • 2 hours
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Polignano a Mare walking tour

Polignano a Mare walking tour

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Avoid the hassle of planning and navigating on your own when you book a walking tour through the seaside town of Polignano a Mare. As you make your way to the city’s highlights, your guide provides insight into local customs and points out hidden gems often passed over by visitors. Flexible departure times are available to fit any traveler’s schedule.
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Private guide to Ruins of Gnatia (Puglia) and archaeological Museum, superbly laid out and interpreted historic site by the sea

Private guide to Ruins of Gnatia (Puglia) and archaeological Museum, superbly laid out and interpreted historic site by the sea

With a history dating back from the Bronze Age to the Messapian era and the Roman conquest, the ruins of Gnatia rank among the most significant in Puglia—but exploring without a guide means missing out on the hidden secrets. On this tour, make the most of your visit with the services of a private guide and learn the stories behind landmarks including the criptoportico, the Via Traiana, and the Roman basilica.
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Bari Self-Guided Audio Tour

Bari Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Explore Bari at your own pace with this intriguing audio guide. Learn about the history of Bari as you stroll past sights including Teatro Petruzzelli and Basilica Di San Nicola. The audio guide includes a downloadable map to make navigating easy. Expect to see street musicians, charming piazzas, and historic landmarks during this self-led tour.
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Private Tour: Pane and Pomodoro Beach Excursion plus Cooking Class with Lunch

Private Tour: Pane and Pomodoro Beach Excursion plus Cooking Class with Lunch

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Southern Italy’s beaches and cuisine seduce travelers from the world over, but few travelers experience them as an Italians do: swimming and sunbathing in the morning, and then olive oil, mozzarella, and red wine in the afternoon. With this tour, let a local pick you up from your hotel, take you to one of Bari’s best beaches for a few hours, and then to a cooking school for a lesson in Pugliese cuisine.
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  • 5 hours
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Private tour guide Conversano, the history of ancient Norba a few steps from the sea

Private tour guide Conversano, the history of ancient Norba a few steps from the sea

Bypass the crowds of tourists, and venture to one of Puglia’s most evocative destinations, on this private walking tour of Conversano. Located less than an hour by car from Bari, the ancient town offers a glimpse into Puglia’s millennia of history. Meet your guide at a convenient starting point, and set off. You’ll see Conversano’s medieval castle, will visit its Romanesque cathedral, will admire the Monastery of San Benedetto, and more.
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  • 2 hours
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$213.66
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