Cattedrale di Bari has undergone so many changes that it is no longer possible to determine when the building was constructed. The primitive church was built in 1034 after the Bishop of Bisanzio had had an ancient church knocked down that was dedicated to Santa Maria. Completed around 1060, it was partially destroyed in 1156 by Guglielmo ill Malo, who razed the whole city of Bari to the ground. In 1166, it was rebuilt by the Archbishop Rainaldo. The facade is decorated with bears, horses, donkeys and a small bearded gnome who seems to have come from a forest in the North. Inside the crypt, on the altar, are the remains of San Sabino (to whom the church is dedicated).
Bari's Basilica of San Nicola was founded in 1087 by the Benedictine Abbott Elia as a place to hold the relics of the saint who was caught at Myra by Barese seamen. The basilica has three naves with columns that are interrupted by the presence of pillars, a free transept, a crypt with an oratory, and apses that are surrounded by a wall that covers the bell towers. On the northern wall is the 'Gate of the Lions,' and there is a central ornate portal. Inside the church, which is also called the 'Cathedral of Elia,' is an exceptional bishop seat made from a single block of marble, which dates to the middle of the 12th Century and depicts ferocious lionesses. The 17th-century ceiling is golden and painted with the stories of San Nicola - the work of the master Carol Rosa.
The original nucleus of this castle, which is the current quadrangular belt with angular towers, dates from the Norman-Swabian era. During the destruction of Bari in 1156 by Guglielmo ill Malo, the castle suffered notable damage. Around 1233, Federico II restored it and built a monumental portal and a portico along the perimeter of the internal courtyard. Later, in the 16th Century, walls were built on three sides of the building, transforming it into an organic, harmonious construction worthy of the court of Isabella of Aragon and Bona Sforza.
Established in 1914, Museo Teatro Margherita is a beautiful museum that is located by the Adriatic Sea. Overlooking the port, the museum sits on stilts and is surrounded by water. Until the year 1979, this museum was used as a theater. Built in Art Nouveau style, it is known to showcase artworks by the renowned Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. They also offer space to host interesting photography exhibitions.
Via Sparano da Bari is a well-known shopping district in Bari. It is lined with retail outlets and boutiques. Frequented by locals and tourists, this street has stores that sell premium clothes, apparel, cosmetics, jewelry, watches and more. This pedestrianized shopping street also features restaurants and cafés that offer delicious refreshments and meals to shoppers.
Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Pane e Pomodoro is a popular beach in Bari. Equipped with a playground and a restaurant named Bar Pizzeria Pane e Pomodoro, this beach is an ideal place to lounge in during the warm summer months. They also offer facilities for activities like swimming, windsurfing and kite surfing. Other nearby places to visit include the gardens Giardini Baden Powell and Giardino Veterani dello Sport.
This elegant cinema is in a central area of Bari. It shows the latest releases and some older films during the week. Comfortable seats and a well-stocked bar assure a pleasant evening.
Take the Main Route 16 south and then the provincial southwest road, and you will arrive in Conversano. The 15th-century Castiglione tower, five kilometers (three miles) from Conversano, on the provincial road to Castellana, is particularly interesting. According to local history, this observation tower was erected near to an open space in the older walled city. Castiglione, in fact, was already being talked about in the 10th Century. It is a small village, or hamlet, inhabited by people originally from neighboring areas who gathered around a castle built before the tower, which was destroyed by the Venetians between the 15th and 16th Centuries.
A really enchanting place for those in search of peace and inner tranquility. In the medieval center of Noci, not far from the city, heading toward Gioia del Colle, the Benedictictine Abbey of the Madonna della Scala rises up, immersed in the green of the surrounding pinewood. Here, the Benedictines took care of old books with a well-equipped laboratory on site. But their interests turned to musical research in the old liturgical musical repertory. Courses in Gregorian singing are held annually and there are specific seminars on old music.
Located on the Piazza Cattedrale street, Bitonto Cathedral is a place of worship for the Roman Catholics of Bitonto. The history of this cathedral can be traced back to 8th Century when it was built. This church is dedicated to Saint Valentine and presently shares being a seat to the Bishop with the Archdiocese of Bari. The magnificent church was rebuilt in 11th Century and boasts of Romanesque architecture. The interiors of the church are richly decorated and are adorned with artifacts from across the centuries. Observe the detailing of the ambon made of marble or know the art of stone carving as you see the pulpit.