Bari (Italy) in a few hours

We had the opportunity to visit Bari during a Mediterranean cruise in August 2015

We arrive in Bari on 08/10/2015 at 2:00 p.m., we have less than 6 hours to visit the city. The departure is at 8:00 p.m.

In 5 hours we had time to visit the old town of Bari and its most important monuments.


At each stopover of the cruise, COSTA proposes excursions to visit the city or to do an activity. Prices vary from 50€ to 120€ per person. You can always do the tours yourself(sometimes the same tour offered by the company) much cheaper. But, it is necessary to prepare the necessary information before. The internet connection is very expensive on the boat and you will never find information about public transport because the cruise company “pushes” you to pay for its excursions. We did not take any Costa excursion and That is with no regrets.

For Bari, the cruise company proposes a tour of the old town. You can do it yourself at a lower cost. We take the free shuttle bus provided by COSTA to go downtown. If your cruise does not offer this service, you can take the public transport company bus for €1 per person. Buses are very frequent and easily found.

We arrive at the old town of Bari. We were able to make these visits:

01 – Basilica San Nicola
Address: Largo Abate Elia, 13
Time: 7:15 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
It is an important place for Catholics and Orthodox.

02 – Cathedral of Bari
Address: Piazza dell’Odegitria, 1
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
It is the main Cathedral of Bari also called « Cattedrale di San Sabino »

Cattedrale di Bari

03 – Teatro Petruzzelli
Address: Corso Cavour, 12
Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
It is the 4th Italian theater and the largest private theater in Italy

04 – Castello Normanno – Svevo
Address: Piazza Federico II di Svevia, 4
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
It is a castle currently used for exhibitions

Castello Normanno – Svevo

05 – Centro storico
The historic center of Bari

Bari – Old town
Bari – Old town

While strolling in the small alleys of Bari, you can come across the Italian « Mamma » (mums) who prepare fresh pasta in the street:

Bari – Traditional preparation of pasta
Bari – Traditional preparation of pasta

06 – Piazza Mercantile
It is the active place of the city. It contains the column of justice (Colonna della giustizia)

07 – Piazza del Ferrarese
It is a commercial place full of life in Bari