Bari, Italy
The perfect 3 days itinerary

Bari, the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in southern Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples, and is well known as a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. The city itself boasts several noteworthy attractions, but it is also known as a transit point for visitors traveling to many of the other destinations in Puglia.

What to do in Bari?

This 3 days itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to see in Bari. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Exploring the Old Town

Morning

Start your day with a visit to the Basilica di San Nicola, a significant pilgrimage destination housing the relics of St. Nicholas. Wander around the old town, Bari Vecchia, with its narrow streets, beautiful old buildings, and charming atmosphere.

Afternoon

Visit the Castello Svevo, a massive castle built by the Norman King Roger II in the 12th century. Explore the castle's museum and enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the top. Later, stroll along the Lungomare, Bari's picturesque seafront promenade.

Evening

Enjoy a traditional Apulian meal at a local trattoria in the old town. Try the local specialty, orecchiette pasta.


Day 2: Discovering Bari's Cultural Treasures

Morning

Visit the Pinacoteca Provinciale di Bari, an art museum featuring a collection of paintings from the 11th to the 19th centuries. Head to the Piazza Mercantile, a lively square surrounded by historic buildings.

Afternoon

Explore the Murat district, the modern heart of Bari. Visit the Teatro Petruzzelli, the largest theater in Bari and the fourth largest in Italy. If possible, catch a performance.

Evening

Dine at a seafood restaurant in the Santo Spirito neighborhood, known for its fishing tradition. Enjoy a walk along the marina afterwards.


Day 3: Day Trip to Polignano a Mare

Morning

Take a short train ride to Polignano a Mare, a charming seaside town perched on a rocky cliff. Explore the old town and enjoy the stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.

Afternoon

Visit the Grotta Palazzese, a restaurant located in a cave overlooking the sea. Even if you don't dine here, it's worth a visit for the unique setting. Spend the rest of the afternoon at the beautiful Lama Monachile beach.

Evening

Return to Bari and enjoy your last night in the city. Consider visiting a wine bar in the old town to sample some local wines.


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