What to see in Bari in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Bari it is a city of a thousand colors. Located on the east coast of Apulia, Bari is also the ninth Italian municipality in terms of population. Famous for being the hometown of San Nicola and due to its historic mercantile tradition, Bari was one of the powers of the Adriatic Sea that contributed to its wealth.
However, Bari is not just commerce, but much more. Rich in places of worship and artistic beauties, such as castles, churches and museums, Bari is a fixed destination for lovers of the sun, the sea and culture who find everything they need here. Visiting it in one day is quite easy, even if it requires a well-structured map. If you are curious to know more, keep reading our itinerary.


  1. One day itinerary in Bari: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Bari: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Bari: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Bari: Morning

1 - Corso Cavour

We start from Bari Central Station. Nearby you can, first of all, have breakfast at the Outpost: tranquility and good food are the watchword, at a fair price (under € 5,00). From here head east on via Prospero Petroni until you cross Corso Cavour, one of the most important streets of Bari. It is the shopping street, full of shops but also of architectural beauties, mainly in Liberty style.

2 - Palazzo dell'Acquedotto, Porto Vecchio and Teatro Margherita

Just talking about Liberty style, arrived at the height of Atti Palace, cut on via Salvatore Cognetti until you reach the Palazzo dell 'Acquedotto. Designed by the engineer Cesare Brunetti in 1924, it was built in the Romanesque-Apulian style, to pay homage to the city and buildings such as the Basilica of San Nicola. Inside the Palazzo dell'Acquedotto you will find a series of decorations dedicated to water, as well as frescoes with horses, rondi and water games. Last but not least is the large tapestry that tells the life cycle of water. Today the building is the seat of the Autonomous Body which manages the water resources of the region.
Here you will also find the Teatro Petruzzelli, one of the symbols of Bari. Inaugurated in 1903, it was destroyed in a fire in 1991, only to be reopened in 2009.
From here continue to Via Arando di Crollanza and proceed north, where the Pier of S. Nicola with the Porto Vecchio of the city. All this is located a stone's throw from the Margherita Theater, with its unmistakable liberty style.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 21 min
  • places visited: Corso Cavour (free), Palazzo dell'Acquedotto (free), Porto Vecchio (free), Teatro Margherita (free)
  • 1 day tour + tasting
  • where to have breakfast: Outpost, via Raffaele de Cesare 8

One day itinerary in Bari: Afternoon

1 - Piazza del Ferrarese

In the immediate vicinity of the Teatro Margherita you can have lunch at the Osteria Sopravento da Sergione. Here you will find dishes for every taste and every price, even if on average we are talking about € 25,00 per person. From here continue north for a handful of hundreds of meters and you will find Piazza del Ferrarese. The square is located where one of the medieval access gates to the city stood, called Porta di Mare. A section of the Via Appia-Traiana, dating back to the nd century AD, was also found in correspondence with the square

2 - Basilica of San Nicola, Cathedral of San Sabino, Civic Museum and Norman Swabian Castle

Take Strada Palazzo di Città up to Basicila of St. Nicholas. Erected between 1087 and 1097, the Basilica was to house the remains of San Nicola. Its exterior is, although very simple from the point of view of decorations, majestic thanks to the two bell towers. The interior instead has three naves, with a carved and gilded ceiling. In the right aisle instead you will find finds from the Treasury of San Nicola. From here, at the end of your visit, you can take via Ruggero il Normanno and, by cutting onto Strada Nuccia di Sera, you will arrive at Cathedral of San Sabino. Built on existing ruins, the cathedral of San Sabino was rebuilt in 1156, after Bari was destroyed by Guglielo il Malo. Among the various points of interest of this building we point out its underground part, called "succorpo". It is a decidedly suggestive itinerary, which recalls four fundamental historical moments in the history of the church: the early Christian, Roman, medieval and modern ones. Nearby you will also find the civic Museum of Bari, which collects various finds from the First World War.
Now go east to Piazza Federico II di Svevia, where you will find the Norman Castle. It is an imposing construction that dates back more or less to 1100. Wanted by Roger the Norman to fulfill the role of defensive fortress, it passed over the centuries to the Aragon to the Bourbons after being destroyed during the reign of William the Bad and then rebuilt. by Frederick II. The structure, which includes the Byzantine-Norman keep and a Renaissance courtyard, also houses a plaster cast gallery.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,3 km / 17 min
  • places visited: Piazza del Ferrarese (free), Basilica of San Nicola (free), Cathedral of San Sabino (free), Civic Museum (€ 2,50), Norman Swabian Castle (€ 3,00)
  • City tour with lunch included
  • where to have lunch: Osteria Sopravento da Sergione, Strada Vallisa, 56

One day itinerary in Bari: Evening

1 - Lungomare and dinner

La will be enjoy a walk aimlessly. You could opt for the seafront or go back to Corso Cavour to get a new vision of the city. As for the price we recommend the restaurant la Muraya, specialized in the preparation of always fresh fish. The average price is around € 30,00 per person. Reaching it is very easy: from the Castle you just need to take via Francesco d'Assisi towards the west and, once you arrive on via Quintino Sella, head south until you cross Corso Vittorio Emanuele. From here go right and you will be there in a few minutes. From here you can reach the Garibaldi Gardens and stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II to greet the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,2 km / 28 min
  • places visited: Lungomare (free), Garibaldi Gardens (free)
  • where to dine: La Muraja, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 140

Before leaving: useful tips

Are you finally ready to visit Bari? Before proceeding with your trip, read our useful tips for a stay (even if short) not to be forgotten.

  • Most of the attractions are outdoors, which is probably why it's worth it avoid visiting it in winter.
  • Visit the city walking on foot, is the best way to appreciate it
  • La Railway station of the city is located a stone's throw from the historic center
  • If you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our offers for a stay in Bari

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Bari is full of sights, but not all of them can be seen in one day. Here are some examples of attractions that are best to give up if you visit Bari in just 24 hours.

  1. Fizzarotti Palace: the building is quite distant from the rest of the proposed attractions
  2. Corrado Giaquinto Picture Gallery: it is located in a position that is not exactly convenient to be reached on foot and inserting it in an itinerary would make you waste too much time
  3. Military Memorial of the Overseas Fallen: this place is too far from the rest of the Old City

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