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How to Spend 3 Days in Bari

How to Spend 3 Days in Bari

With three full days to visit Bari, you’ll have time to discover the historic heart and cuisine of Puglia’s largest port city and visit cultural highlights in the region—both along the coastline and deep in the rolling countryside. Here are your options for three days in Bari.

Day 1: Bari’s Heart (Through Its Stomach)

Bari’s culture and cuisine are deeply entwined, and you’ll see how the two come together in the city’s historic center, known as Bari Vecchia. Delve into this warren of crisscrossing lanes and tiny squares with a guided tour on foot, bike, rickshaw, or Segway. Tours visit treasures like the 12th-century Basilica di San Nicola, Swabian Castle (Castello Svevo), Cathedral of St. Sabino, and the bustling Piazza Mercantile, where locals gather to sip coffee and socialize. 

Follow your guide through the hidden backstreets of the old town to see neighborhood women turning out tiny orecchiette pasta at tables set up along the street, and sample the city’s famed panzerotti and sgagliozze on a street food tour. End your day with a stroll along the waterfront promenade, elbow-to-elbow with the throngs who flock here each evening for a walk, or “passeggiata,” with gelato in hand.

Day 2: Countryside and Coastline

After you’ve become acquainted with the architectural and culinary treasures of Bari Vecchia, strike out along the coastline or through the countryside. There are a number of easy excursions that take you from Bari to the surrounding region of Puglia. A day trip to the fishermen’s village of Polignano a Mare offers the opportunity to explore the town and nearby beaches or to set sail with a local skipper for a fishing expedition, followed by lunch featuring your catch.

History buffs can take in the 13th-century Castel del Monte citadel that towers over the landscape outside Bari, the picturesque medieval town of Conversano, or the ruins at Gnatia, a city that predates ancient Rome. Foodies can opt for a day in a traditional fortified farmhouse, called a “masseria,” just outside the city for an all-day cooking class to learn how to prepare some of Puglia’s most iconic dishes.

Day 3: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Two of southern Italy’s most important cultural treasures are located within striking distance of Bari. Join a guided day trip to Alberobello, famous for its round stone cottages topped with conical roofs known as “trulli,” to learn about this unique town’s history and architecture and then spend time in a nearby winery tasting Puglian wines paired with traditional delicacies like taralli and burrata.

Alternatively, set off for the neighboring region of Basilicata to tour the Sassi of Matera, a city of ancient cave dwellings and churches, many of which are now trendy hotels, restaurants, and art galleries. Many Matera day trips pair a tour of the historic center with a food tasting, so you also can sample the specialties of the region, geographically near to Puglia but a world away in its cuisine.

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Bari Walking City Tour

Bari Walking City Tour

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Stroll through the streets of Bari, down narrow alleyways and off the beaten path without worrying about getting lost on this guided walking tour. Spend a few hours in the company of a guide who will fill you in on southern Italy's culture, traditions, history, and people. Toast your experience with a taste of homemade Italian gelato.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.11
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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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$48.28
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4-Day Puglia Sightseeing Tour Including Cooking Class

4-Day Puglia Sightseeing Tour Including Cooking Class

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Discover Puglia’s diverse landscapes and rich heritage on this 4-day sightseeing and cooking experience. Stay overnight in a charming bed-and-breakfast in seaside Bari, venturing out each day with a professional guide to explore regional highlights like the distinctive Trulli architecture of Alberobello, Gargano National Park, the UNESCO-listed Shrine of Saint Michael and the mountain villages of Monti Dauni. Cap off the tour with a cooking class at the private home of a chef, where you’ll learn to prepare classic Puglian dishes using fresh local ingredients.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$617.48
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Trulli of Alberobello Day-Trip from Bari with Sweets Tasting

Trulli of Alberobello Day-Trip from Bari with Sweets Tasting

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Take a tour of the famous 'trulli' houses in Alberobello during this 3-hour tour from Bari. Learn about these unique structures, on UNESCO's World Heritage List, including the reasons for the cone-shaped buildings. Visit inside a 'trullo' to see what the inside looks like, and see a church inside one as well. Sample local sweets and liqueur.
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  • 3 hours
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$119.50
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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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$213.66
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Historic Bari Bike Tour

Historic Bari Bike Tour

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Hop on a bike to discover Bari’s history and sights from a different angle. On a 3-hour tour, you’ll pedal along the charming streets of Bari Old Town with a guide, and see its landmarks from above and below ground. Visit the Basilica of San Nicholas and crypt; admire an underground Roman wall; and check out historical exhibits at Swabian Castle, the Civic Museum of Bari, and more. The tour finishes with a homemade ice-cream tasting in Bari’s French Quarter.
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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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$213.66
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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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$213.66
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Private Shopping Tour in Bari by Rickshaw

Private Shopping Tour in Bari by Rickshaw

Shop and sightsee on a 3-hour tour with a difference in Bari. The private experience is by rickshaw, allowing you to travel around the city quickly and with ease. Hear recommendations for Bari's most interesting shops, and look out for the sights in between visits to boutiques. Views of the Swabian Castle, Basilica of St. Nicholas, and Bari Cathedral are included, and the tour ends with a prosecco or a spritz aperitivo.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.10
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$68.10
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Bari Street Food Private Tour

Bari Street Food Private Tour

Taste typical street food during this private walking tour of Bari. Go off the beaten bath and explore the old city center, including medieval side streets. The itinerary also features top landmarks such as Basilica San Nicola and Piazza del Ferrarese. Your local guide leads the way to taste traditional street snacks including focaccia barese and panzerotto.
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  • 2 hours
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$217.28
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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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$147.02
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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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