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Top Choice Basilica in Bari

Basilica di San Nicola

Bari's signature basilica was one of the first Norman churches to be built in southern Italy, and is a splendid example of Puglian-Romanesque architecture. Dating to the 12th century, it was originally constructed t…
Top Choice Osteria in Bari

Paglionico Vini e Cucina

Run by the Paglionico family for more than a century, this 100% Italiano osteria (casual tavern) is an absolute classic. There's no menu, just a chalkboard displaying what's cooking that day. It's all fine salt-of-t…
Puglian in Bari

La Locanda di Federico

With domed ceilings, archways and medieval-style artwork on the walls, this restaurant oozes atmosphere. The menu is typical Puglian, starring dishes such as orecchiette con le cime di rape ('little ears' pasta with…
Puglian in Bari


Peep through the lace curtains into the cool interior of this rustic trattoria where worn flagstone floors and period furnishings make you feel like you're dining in someone's front room. The menu features fabulous …
Castle in Bari

Castello Svevo

The Normans originally built over the ruins of a Roman fort, then Frederick II built over the Norman castle, incorporating it into his design – the two towers of the Norman structure still stand. The bastions, with …
Wine in Bari

Enoteca Vinarius de Pasquale

Stock up on Puglian wines such as Primitivo di Manduria at this gorgeous old shop, founded in 1911.
Cathedral in Bari


Built over the original Byzantine church, the 11th-century Romanesque cathedral, dedicated to San Sabino, is technically Bari's most important church, although its fame pales alongside San Nicola. Inside, the plain …
Religious in Bari

Festa di San Nicola

The Festival of St Nicholas is Bari's biggest annual shindig, celebrating the 11th-century arrival of St Nicholas' relics from Turkey. On the first evening a procession leaves Castello Svevo for the Basilica di San …
Cafe in Bari

Caffè Borghese

You'll experience genuine hospitality and friendly service at this small refined cafe that has a faintly Parisian air. With an all-day menu, it serves some pretty good food starting with breakfast, but, with its cas…
Food in Bari

Il Salumaio

Breathe in the delicious smell of fine regional produce at this venerable delicatessen.