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How to Spend 2 Days in Bari

How to Spend 2 Days in Bari

As Puglia’s capital city and the largest port, Bari is the perfect base for exploring the region. Take a day to get to know the city’s old town and then set off to discover Puglia’s unforgettable hilltop and seaside towns. Here are your options for two culture-filled days in Bari.

Day 1: Bari’s Old Town (Bari Vecchia)

**Morning:**Push past Bari’s modern apartment blocks and chaotic port to the old town at the city’s heart. Explore Bari Vecchia, a warren of tiny lanes dotted with historic churches and a medieval fortress, via a self-guided audio tour or with a guided walking, Segway, bike, or rickshaw tour. 

**Afternoon:**Food is fundamental in Bari, and many guided tours have a culinary slant, weaving together the architecture and cuisine of Bari Vecchia. The highlight is often a stop on one of Bari’s “pasta streets,” quiet back alleys where local women set up tables to hand-shape traditional orecchiette pasta.

**Night:**Once you’ve gotten to know Bari’s heart (and stomach), set out for a short excursion. Options include the Castel del Monte fortress, seaside village of Polignano a Mare, medieval town of Conversano, or ruins of the ancient city at Gnatia. For gourmands, a cooking class in Bari instead provides both dinner and a cultural experience.

Day 2: Puglia and Beyond

**Morning:**Bari is a well-connected ferry and cruise-ship hub. Take advantage of its location to see highlights along the coast or in the countryside. Early risers can opt for a day at sea with a local skipper to fish off Polignano a Mare and dine on the day’s catch.

**Afternoon:**Head to the neighboring region of Basilicata to tour one of Italy’s most unique towns, the Sassi of Matera. This hilltop clutch of ancient cave dwellings has been named a European Capital of Culture, and tours often combine visits with tastings of regional culinary specialities.

**Night:**Dive into Puglia’s history and culture by opting for a trip to see the unique trulli, or fairytale-like stone cottages, in the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pair your visit with a wine tour at a nearby estate to taste wines produced in Puglia’s countryside.

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.17
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Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Experience

Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Experience

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Team a walking tour of Bari with a cooking class in a local home, and discover the secrets of the local orecchiette pasta. With a private guide, you’ll make your way around the enticing Old Town lanes, discovering landmarks such as the Basilica of St. Nicholas and hearing the city’s history. After a visit to the city’s French enclave with its modern seafront sights, you’ll visit the home of a local to make fresh pasta pomodoro and try the local primitivo red wine.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.88
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Bari Bike Tour with Pasta Experience

Bari Bike Tour with Pasta Experience

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Pedal through Bari on a bike tour, then finish in the home of a local signora, cooking a pasta dish typical of the Puglia region. The experience starts with a ride through the city’s handsome Old Town to discover landmarks as the Basilica of St. Nicholas and striking Bari Cathedral. Follow your guide through the modern French side of the city, then call in at a local home to make orecchiette pasta pomodoro by hand. A glass of the intense primitivo local wine is included as you eat.
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  • 3 hours
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$54.34
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Bari: Traditional Italian pasta Hands-on cooking class

Bari: Traditional Italian pasta Hands-on cooking class

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Experience an authentic hands-on pasta making class in Bari on this 3-hour tour. Learn how to make traditional Italian pasta from start to finish using the proper Italian ingredients and techniques. Then create a delicious pasta dish with help from your host and sit down to the fruits of your labor with a bottle of local wine.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$83.09
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Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting

Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting

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Visit Alberobello on a customizable half-day tour, and discover its famous ‘trulli’ houses with your own private guide. Built by peasants around 700 years ago, the whitewashed and cone-shaped dwellings are now UNESCO-listed treasures. Learn all about them as you explore, hearing how their drywalls were built, and then end the experience with a wine tasting. Sip on glasses of Puglian wine, and learn about the local grapes as you drink. Make use of round-trip transport from Bari, if you wish.
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  • 4 hours
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$244.85
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Private Bari Street Food Tour by Rickshaw

Private Bari Street Food Tour by Rickshaw

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Hop on a rickshaw to discover Bari’s street food scene with your own personal guide. The private tour includes a ride around the city’s captivating Old Town, stopping at sights and eateries along the way. Admire the white façade of the Basilica of St. Nicholas and hear the history behind the imposing walls of the Swabian Castle as you pass by. Treats such as gelato, focaccia, burrata cheese, and panzerotti are all included through the tour.
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  • 3 hours
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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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  • 2 hours
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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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  • 2 hours
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$213.14
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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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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$15.29
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A different day: Fishing Tourism !!

A different day: Fishing Tourism !!

Get to know Puglia in a different way, through a fishing expedition. Get to know how important the fishing industry is to the region and try your hand at a few local catches. Lunch and food tastings are included, and you'll learn about the region and the industry through insightful guided commentary.
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  • 4 hours
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$146.67
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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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$213.14
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