Basilica di San Nicola
Covering the narrow peninsula adjacent to the port, Bari Vecchia is an atmospheric labyrinth of tight, uneven alleyways. Squeezed into...
Built over the original Byzantine church, the 11th-century Romanesque cathedral retains its basilica plan – the plain walls punctuated...
Colonna della Giustizia
The Colonna della Giustizia (Column of Justice) is the place where debtors were tied and lashed
Sit outside on the twinkling square sipping a cocktail and nibbling work-of-art hors d'oeuvres. Incongruously, you'll be gazing at the...
La Locanda di Federico
With domed ceilings, archways and medieval-style artwork on the walls, this restaurant oozes atmosphere. The menu is typical Puglian,...
Lonely Planet review
One of the south's first Norman churches, the basilica is a splendid example of Puglian-Romanesque style, built to house the relics of St Nicholas (better known as Father Christmas), which were stolen from Turkey in 1087 by local fishing folk. His remains are said to emanate a miraculous manna liquid with special powers. For this reason – and because he is also the patron saint of prisoners and children – the basilica remains an important place of pilgrimage. The interior is huge and simple with a decorative 17th-century wooden ceiling. The magnificent 13th-century ciborium over the altar is Puglia's oldest. The shrine in the crypt, lit by hanging lamps, is beautiful.