Things to do in Bari

Our most recommended things to do in Bari

Bari Walking Street Food Tour

1. Bari Walking Street Food Tour

Your tour begins with visiting the main attractions of the old town. These include the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle. Stop several times for tastings. In a panificio (bakery) learn how focaccia barese is made and taste a slice of this delicious fresh Italian bread. Visit a salumeria (delicatessen) to find out about different kinds of cheeses and salami while drinking a glass of wine. In one particular traditional corner of the town, discover fried street food with the strong flavors of sgagliozze and panzerotti. In a gelateria, enjoy real home-made ice cream choosing your favorite one from a fantastic selection.  The tour finishes by discovering the modern French part of the city. Here, by the famous sea-side, are beautiful opera theaters and luxury shopping streets to explore. 

Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

2. Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

After meeting with your skipper at the marina in Bari, hop on board your sailing cruise. Enjoy a welcome snack of local focaccia and an excellent Primitivo red wine to start your sailing adventure. Then it's time to cruise out to the high sea. Out here, you can admire the imposing lighthouse of Bari. If you're lucky, you'll spot dolphins who often come up close to the boat. If you'd like, the skipper will even give you the opportunity to temporarily maneuver the boat yourself. If sea conditions allow, take a dip in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the refreshing temperatures. Your skipper will cast anchor at the old navy of Bari where you'll be able to take another swim and take panoramic photos of the promenade. Finally, visit the historic center's ancient fish market and admire the Basilica of San Nicolas.

Bari: Pasta Experience Walking Tour

3. Bari: Pasta Experience Walking Tour

Begin your cultural adventure by visiting the main attractions of the old town. Stop and discover the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle.  Explore the modern French part of the city along the famous sea walk. Wander through the fresh fish market and feel the relaxing, gentle pace of life wash over you.  Having discovered some of Bari's architectural and historic gems it will then be time to end the walking section of the tour at Signora Maria’s House. Here you will learn how to make orecchiette, a delicious type of local homemade pasta, and find out the secrets of its traditional recipe. While drinking genuine Primitivo red wine, cook and taste your own homemade pasta and feel like a real local. Finish a wonderful day by tasting some fantastic local ice cream.

Bari Rickshaw Street Food Tour

4. Bari Rickshaw Street Food Tour

Begin by visiting the main attractions of the Old Town, including the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle.  Continue to several tasting stops: in a panificio, learn how focaccia barese is made and taste a fresh slice. In a salumeria, learn about different kinds of cheeses and salami while drinking a glass of wine. In one of the typical corners of the town, discover fried street food and the strong flavors of sgagliozze (fried polenta) and panzerotti (fried turnovers). In a gelateria, enjoy home-made ice cream and choose your favorite from a great selection. The tour ends by discovering the modern French part of the city along the famous seaside, opera theaters, and luxury shopping streets.

Bari Walking Tour

5. Bari Walking Tour

Visit the main attractions of the old town and get a real feel the city. See the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle. Walk along the cobbled, narrow streets, where old ladies still make pasta by hand, kids play outdoors and people cook in every corner. Discover the modern French part of the city with opera theaters and luxury shopping streets. Explore the famous fish market near the seaside, and the lively squares where a taste of local products is not to be missed. Finish your adventure with a tasting of delicious local ice cream. 

Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari

6. Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari

Experience a pleasant bike tour to discover the city of Bari and let your expert multilingual guide show you the most important attractions of the Apulian capital. Savor local products such as artisan ice cream or cold cuts and cheeses with a tasting experience. Pass by the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino, the Swabian Castle, the Teathers, the main squares, the many picturesque beaches, and the beautiful hidden corners of the historical center, such as the Fish Market and the alleys where women still prepare handmade fresh pasta. You will venture into the real Bari and immerse yourself in the lively local life and the traditions of this enchanting city. Choose the bikes which suit you best among women, men and children bikes. Enjoy a tour that is suitable for every level of cycling. Bari is a flat and sunny city and is therefore ideal to be visited by bike all the year round.

Bari Street Food Tour on Segway

7. Bari Street Food Tour on Segway

Begin by visiting the main attractions of the old town, Basilica of Saint Nicolas with the precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle. Stop at several places for tastings. In a Panificio, learn how focaccia barese is made and taste a slice. in a Salumeria, find out about the different kinds of cheeses and salami, while drinking a glass of primitivo wine. In one of the typical corners, discover fried street food and the strong flavours of sgagliozze and panzerotti. In a Gelateria, enjoy the home-made ice cream. Discover the modern French part of the city by the famous sea-side, with its opera theaters and luxury shopping streets, before the end of the tour. 

Bari: Matera Day Trip

8. Bari: Matera Day Trip

Your tour will begin as a comfortable minivan picks up you from Bari, at which point you will travel to Matera. Once having arrived, meet your licensed tour guide that will show you this stone city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera is one of the most evocative cities in Italy, and was actually chosen as the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Characterized by the famous caves that were inhabited up until the first half of the 900s, Matera consists of two old neighborhoods: Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso. Through these areas you will enjoy a guided walk, with views over the Murgia Materana Park. Your tour guide will show you houses and churches built in the caves, as well as the recently restored cathedral, which was edified starting from the year 1230. In the afternoon, you will travel back to Bari by minivan.

Bari: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

9. Bari: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoying an exclusive show cooking and tasting authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". This experience will allow you to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert, with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee).

Bari: Norman-Swabian Castle Tour with a Guide

10. Bari: Norman-Swabian Castle Tour with a Guide

It is impossible to miss one of the most emblematic symbols of the city of Bari, the Norman-Swabian Castle, an imposing fortress dating back to the 13th century, now turned into a museum. With its extensive moat it overlooks the gates of Bari Vecchia, flanking the perimeter of the city, which was defended by it since the Roman times. To the defensive function, the Normans added the monitoring of the territory. Afterwards, as the seat of the court of Isabella of Aragon, the Castle acquired a Renaissance style and was completed with the defensive wall, the corner bastions, the drawbridge and the quadrangular courtyard. The complete tour of the Castle (inside and outside) comes with the access to the Gipsoteca, an interesting collection of Romanesque sculptures and plaster casts, which reflect the details of the most important monuments of Puglia, from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century.

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,226 reviews

We took this tour to learn more about our family heritage as they were from the Province of Bari. Our guide, Emanuela, was born and raised in Bari. She did an excellent job and answered a lot of questions. At the end we learned how to make the regional pasta that our aunts (from Corato) have made with us. Learned that using a wooden board is really essential to making orecchiette.

Great tour with a fantastic guide ( valeria). Interesting sights and commentary. Food was lovely including Bari street food ( fried polenta with salt) and the best gelato in Bari. Highly recommend. Our 13 year old daughter liked it too. We also booked the pasta making tour but it was very similar so cancelled within 24 hours with no quibble - great service!

Our guide Guiada was excellent. We had a Spanish walking tour around Bari historic center and she was helpful and informative. She said her Spanish wasn't the best but it actually was quite good. I highly recommend this tour if you wish to learn a bit more of this beautiful city.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of information about the history of Bari. Navigating our way round the tiny cobbled streets was fun and ended with a lovely gelato.

Nicholas was great! He helped us find parking and shared wonderful information about Bari