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Culture of Bari. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Puglia, Country House Cefalicchio I, Canosa di Puglia (Bari) The old part of the city is surely the most interesting for tourists as here are concentrated all main attractions of Bari. This is the place where you can see the oldest buildings in the city – the so called ancient Barium. The buildings here were built yet in the era of the Roman Empire. In the territory of the old town you will find approximately 30 ancient churches and basilicas that were built during different epochs in the history of Bari. Every religious landmark is considered a unique one and you can hear many interesting mysteries and legends connected with them. Basilica of St. Nicholas remains the main symbol of Bari for already many years. The basilica keeps striking visitors not only by its size, but also by truly rich choice of valuable relics. The church keeps an important religious artifact - the relics of St. Nicholas. Every year a huge number of pilgrims come to the city to see the precious relics. In one of the halls of the church are located ancient icons that were brought to the basilica right after its founding - in the beginning of the 11th century.
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When it comes to describing the architectural monuments of the city, the most notable one is surely is the Norman fortress Castello Svevo, which also keeps amazing its guests with its unique architectural style. You may also enjoy visiting old family mansions that are preserved in Bari. Several centuries ago these beautiful houses belonged to the noble lords - Palazzo Zizzi, Tanzi and Calo Carducci. New Bari district will also be very interesting for tourists as here you will find numerous parks and gardens that simply strike with their beauty, as well as museums and theaters. The area of the new part of the city started growing in 1819, so many buildings are very interesting from the architectural point of view.
The central square of the city is a perfect destination for hiking. The square is decorated with magnificent fountains and statues. Not far away from the square you will find a theater and an art gallery. You can learn a lot about the past of Bari if you make an excursion to the city’s Historical Museum (Museo Storico Civico), which is also located near the center of the new district. Fans of theater simply cannot fail to ignore Petruzzelli Theatre, which occupies a beautiful historic building. In 2010, the famous theater was reopened after the restoration. Today the halls of the theater and its scene look truly amazing. The atmosphere here is reminiscent of old noble palaces. Suburban areas of Bari are truly rich in various historical and architectural attractions. Here you will find ancient castles Balciliano, Carbonara, Ceglie del Campo and Monopoli. You should also not to forget to make a visit to a small provincial town of Grottaglie, which is located not far away from Bari. This town is famous for its excellent products made of ceramics. Copyright
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Bari and surroundings

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What to visit during two-day excursion in Bari

La Città Vecchia (the Old City)
Il Castello Svevo (the Norman Swabian Castle)
Where: piazza Federico II di Svevia, 2, Bari; Telephone: +39 0805214361;
Basilica Di San Nicola
Where: Largo Abate Elia, 13, Bari; Telephone: +39 080 5737111;
Cattedrale Di San Sabino
Where: piazza Odegitria, Bari; Telephone: +39 0805210605;
Castel Del Monte
Where: Andria, Bari; Telephone: +39 0883 569997;
Grotte Di Castellana (caves of Castellana)
Where: piazzale Anelli – Castellana Grotte, Bari; Telephone: +39 05 325440724;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Bari
♥   Palace 'Palazzo de Félice' Somma Vesuviana, 82.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Bari and around
♥   Art museum 'Pinacoteca Provinciale di Bari' Bari, 3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Bari
♥   Basilica Santuario di S. Fara, Bari, 3.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di Santa Maria del Pozzo, Capurso, 11.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ex Cattedrale di San Michele Arcangelo, Bitetto, 13.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Santuario dei Santi Medici Cosma e Damiano, Bitonto, 13.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di Maria SS. Assunta, Saluzzo, 13.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Giovinazzo, 16 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Molfetta, 22.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Bari and near

Le Grotte della Civita

From the series “Hotels harmoniously built into the natural landscape”
The hotel has 18 rooms, which are furnished with the beautiful antique furniture and the small crafts of the local masters. One of the peculiar peculiarities of the rooms is lack of any technique. In the rooms there is no electricity. At dusk, the candles are the only source of light. This peculiarity is a tribute to the traditions of the locals, some of whom lived in the caves until the middle of the 20th century and were able to do without technical achievements. … Read further

Grotta Palazzese Restaurant

From the series “The most exotic restaurants in the world”
The guests of the restaurant can sit at one of the unified tables deep in the cave or at the table at the exit, from which one can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the coast. As far as the distinctive features of the restaurant are concerned, one must especially mention its lighting. Thanks to hundreds of bright lamps built into the cave walls, the romantic atmosphere is always present in the original dining room. … Read further
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Culture guide to Bari. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Bari: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Bari. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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