If you’re wondering what there is to see and do in Bari, you'll find that some of the most popular things to do in Bari Italy include:
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-visiting museums and ruin sites
-enjoying a bit of hiking
-taking ferry trips Dubrovnik Croatia, Durres Albania and Corfu Greece.
If you're looking for things to do in Bari Italy outdoors, there are plenty of activities you can do such as:
Alta Murgia National Park
A popular excursion that you can do out of Bari Italy, it’s to the nearby Alta Murgia National Park (Parco Nazionale dell' Alta Murgia), which is only 30 miles southwest of Bari’s town center.
The park has experienced guided tours which can take you out either on a hiking tour or by mini-bus tour to visit the park's trullos, which are traditional stone dwellings.
Apart from exploring the majestic Alta Murgia National Park, you can explore the surrounding towns of Ruvo, Gravina and Altamura for a bit of sightseeing.
In Ruvo, you'll find the beautiful Co-Cathedral, and the castle ruins of Frederick II in the town of Gravina, while the Archaeological Museum of Altamura is just amazing. You can see ancient tombs, lots of old vasses on display and dinosaur footprints.
Most people that stay in Bari Italy more than a week do add one or two day trips to their itinerary. Three of the most popular day trips include Rome Italy, Napoli Italy and Dubrovnik Croatia.
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If you’re looking to enjoy some time at the beach, Bari Italy is home to a beach on the small side with a few amenities. Do bear in mind that it gets rather crowded here during the busy season.
If you are hiring a car in Bari Italy, you can always drive to other nearby beaches such as Bisceglie beach, Cozze beach or Trani beach.
Things to do in Bari Italy: Places of Interest
San Nicola a Mare
San Nicola a Mare is located in the Old Quarter of Bari Italy home to a few important landmarks such as the churches of San Nicola and Bari, and Castello Svevo.
If you are interested in European history, the History Museum (Museo Storico Civico) boasts exhibits on World War I weapons, the French Revolution and other various interesting items such as old medieval documents.
The Old Port of Bari is another place worth visiting and exploring, if anything, to observe luxury yachts and ships docked on the marina.
Things to do in Bari Italy: Shopping
There are a few shopping malls in Bari Italy where you can enjoy retail shopping. One of the biggest one it's Sandi shopping center, located near the Madonnella district. (around 10 minutes drive from the center of Bari)
The other bigger mall, it’s Carrefour Bari centro, located south of Bari’s city center (around 15 minutes by car).
Apart from shopping malls, one of the most popular things to do in Bari Italy is explore the street markets and boutique shops.
For instance, Corso Vittorio and Via Sparano in the Murat quarter are filled with many upscale boutique shops ranging from designer shops to jewelry stores.
Popular street markets include:
- Ferrarese market is held on Ferranese Square and offers fresh vegetables, fruits and fish and it’s a great place for finding affordable food items.
- Borgo Murattiano and Cofso Cavour markets are bigger street markets offering many different street vendors selling all kind of goods.
Things to do in Bari Italy: Nightlife & Entertainment
The heart of Bari’s city center and the Old Quarter of Bari are filled with restaurants, hotel accommodation, pizzerias, bars and lovely cafes where you can enjoy a nice dinner or a pleasant drink.
In particular, the area near the University of Bari is a popular place to find nightlife. For instance, Corso Vittorio, Via Nicolo Putignani, Via Abate Giacinto are three streets filled with bars and discos.
Two other main squares, Piazza Mercantile and Piazza Ferrarese located on the Old Quarter of Bari are also home to many pubs and bars.
Entertainment-wise, Bari Italy is home to over ten cinemas or movie theaters such as Multicinema Galleria on Corso Italia road, and Cinema Armenise, located on Via Pasubio.
The city of Bari Italy is a lovely student town home to the University of Bari, located within the heart of Bari Italy.
Bari Italy is slowly becoming apparent on most travelers’ radar who usually go for popular Mediterranean destinations such as Tarragona Spain, Nice France, Cagliari Sardinia, Palermo Sicily, Sassari Sardinia and Mykonos Greece.
Having said this, Bari Italy is an excellent holiday base, and if you wished to visit Napoli and Rome, you’re only a couple of hours away by train.
One of the best times to visit Bari Italy, it’s during one of the festivities there such as Festa di San Nicola, which is held for three days in early May.
The Festa di San Nicola boasts street processions and plenty of live entertainment, and you’ll truly be able to soak real southern Italian culture.
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