- BARI – La città vecchia (The old city)
The extraordinary old city largely consists of narrow and winding streets. Here you will find all the important medieval monuments, such as the Swabian castle and many churches, including the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola.
- Il Castello svevo (The Norman Swabian Castle)
This building was begun by Roger II (1139), and destroyed at least twice by the people of Bari, in protest again the tyranny of the Normans. Frederick II rebuilt it almost completely between 1233 and 1240.
The basilica was constructed between 1087 and 1197, and has always held the remains of San Nicola (who is also known as Santa Klaus). It is both a Catholic and an orthodox church, and partly for this reason is a place of annual pilgrimage for many people from all over the world. Price: Free entry.
This building was originally built in Byzantine style in 1062, and rebuilt in Romanesque form in 1170 after the destruction it had undergone at the hands of William the Evil in 1156.
Bari’s oldest festival celebrates its patron Saint Nicholas with a lurid, noisy parade on 8 May, preceded by the Processione dei Pellegrini, the procession of pilgrims to the sea. Easter is marked by a week of parades of mournful brass bands and religious icons. The Fiera del Levante is a more recent creation, designed to celebrate Bari’s trade links with the(far/near) East. Throughout the summer a wide range of music and theatre is performed, usually for free, in the Old Town.
Price: Free entry
Venues and Activities
The Enchanting “Sassi” of Matera
The city of “Sassi”, with its ancient quarters with archaic charm, an example of an urbanistic structure unique in the world, declared property of Unesco.
A World Heritage site, which has become well known for its curious whitewashed, round structures with gray, stone, cone-shaped roofs.
Caves of Castellana
Remarkable karst cave system, one of the most famous show caves of Italy.
The Castle of Castel del Monte
UNESCO World Heritage-listed, this fantastic castle is considered a masterpiece of medieval architecture.
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