Bari

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Bari which includes a coastal town
Organising a holiday in Bari is like entering an ancient southern city guarding a rich collection of art and architecture from its millennia of history. The monuments run the gamut from Romanesque constructions to medieval churches, from Frederick's castle to Venetian and Baroque, Liberty and Art Deco style buildings. Saracen, Byzantine and Norman influences also contributed throughout the centuries to shape the ancient city known as Barium in Latin, today's Bari. Thanks to the holiday offers in Bari, you can experience the unique charm that only such a cultural mixing pot can provide.

The old city, a maze of narrow winding streets, is the perfect place to begin a tour of Bari. Its political and business heart lies in two squares: Piazza del Ferrarese and Piazza Mercantile, overflowing with people and pubs at all hours of the day. On the Piazza Mercantile, one can see the so-called Seat of Nobles, the ancient Town Hall, and the Column of Justice, to which debtors and thieves used to be bound and left to face the public's rage. Nearby you can also visit Niccolò Piccinni's house, an eighteenth century composer, and the city's conservatory bears his name. San Nicola's Basilica is in the same square, a symbol of the city and considered an Apulian-Romanesque masterpiece.

Discovering the old city continues with a visit to the Church of San Marco, erected by Venetian merchants living in the area at the end of the 11th century. A few steps further on lies the early-Christian basilica of San Sabino, an interesting example of multiple styles intermixed. On the left is the Trulla, a round building believed by many to be the ancient baptistery, which today houses the sacristy.

Behind San Sabino rises the imposing Frederick's Castle, a fortress strongly desired by Frederick II in his time, and subsequently extended by the Aragons. From the outside you can clearly see the medieval influence, above all thanks to the Gothic style mullioned window. Crossing the bridge that spans the moat, you will notice the sixteenth century influence once you get inside. For those who wish to journey even deeper into Bari's art history, the Civic History Museum is a must-see. Other clear examples of cultural stratification and intermingling can be found at Santa Scolastica and on the lovely Piazza Santa Maria del Buonconsiglio.

Bari's nineteenth century buildings include the Palazzo Mincuzzi, evoking the large French department stores in Liberty style, the famous Petruzzelli Theatre and the Pinacotecta Provinciale, gallery, with its splendid halls dominating the medieval city. Together with the old Port, they offer a clearer vision of the city's artistic beauty.

After strolling through Bari's alleys and discovering its art and culture, you can let yourself be tempted by the aromas of traditional Apulian cuisine. You simply must try the "orecchiette" pasta - called "chiancarelle" in dialect - with turnip greens, and also "strascenate" and "cavatijdde" topped with pork ragu sauce and stuffed with cheese, parsley and lard. As is typical in southern regions, Bari offers a wealth of seafood, from mussels to sea urchins, baby octopus, oysters and anchovies. And of course, everything is dressed with excellent Apulian extra-virgin olive oil. One of the best places to try these delicacies is La Pignata. If you prefer snacking, make the most of happy hour at one of the many pubs in the city centre on Via Cavour. Afterwards, you can spend the evening at the Piccinni Theatre, with its historic stage dedicated to prose, offering the best national plays, year upon year. Your holiday will framed by sun, sea and hospitality hard to come by elsewhere. The Apulian Murghe region awaits you with reasonably priced last minute holidays in Bari.

Where to stay in Bari

The Nicolaus Hotel
The Nicolaus Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Cardinale A. Ciasca, 27, Bari, BA, 70124
The price is £91 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Bari. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (387 reviews)
"Last night in Bari. Wanted to stay out of city center. Met and even exceeded my expectations. Indoor pool, hot tub and sauna were fantastic. Paid parking underground."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

The Nicolaus Hotel
iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
5 out of 5
Lungomare Nazario Sauro 7, Bari, BA, 70121
The price is £157 per night from 18 Aug to 19 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bari. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (515 reviews)
"Perfect location between the beach and the old town!"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2022

iH Hotels Bari Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
iH Hotels Bari Oriente
iH Hotels Bari Oriente
4 out of 5
Corso Cavour 32, Bari, BA, 70122
The price is £132 per night from 29 Aug to 30 Aug
Stay at this 4-star luxury hotel in Bari. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (678 reviews)
"Very standard four star hotel that is starting to show its age. Pros are excellent breakfast, close to Bari Vecchia and Bari Centrale, friendly and accommodating staff. Cons are room carpets are quite dirty, very small bathroom, and broken shower door."

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2022

iH Hotels Bari Oriente
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Palazzo Calò
Palazzo Calò
3 out of 5
Strada Lamberti 8, Bari, BA, 70121
The price is £163 per night from 24 Aug to 25 Aug
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Bari. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (166 reviews)
Elegant modern conversion of a beautiful old build
"Comfortable stylish and reasonably priced given that it’s bang in the middle of the beautiful old town. Lovely roof terrace and delicious breakfast. Super friendly staff."

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2022

Palazzo Calò
your home in the heart of Bari
your home in the heart of Bari
Bari, Puglia
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Bari. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
Great location, full apartment, highly recommend
"Check in was great as we arrived early and the accommodated us with luggage storage until check in. Centrally located for ease of walking to explore all Bari has to offer. Great communication with host and their representative."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2022

your home in the heart of Bari
Visa Residence
Visa Residence
3 out of 5
Via Dante Alighieri, 461/a, Bari, BA, 70123
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Bari. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (28 reviews)
Wonderful Stay
"Very nice place. Really appreciated the kitchen and available cookware. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Neighborhood is fairly quiet at night. Place is a reasonable walk from the train station. Only real disadvantage is you are pretty far from the main center of Bari, Oldtown and most of the ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2019

Visa Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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