Things to do in
Bari

Our most recommended things to do in Bari

Polignano a Mare: Speedboat Cruise to Caves with Aperitif

1. Polignano a Mare: Speedboat Cruise to Caves with Aperitif

Embark on a relaxing cruise along the coast of Polignano a Mare. Sail on a 7-meter speedboat to some of the best caves in the area and choose between a private and a group experience. Meet the local skipper and crew in the Cala Ponte Marina and set sail for the caves. Admire these natural features only accessible by boat. Cruise past 11 km of coastline and take in views of the city from a unique perspective. During the cruise, stop at the best places for swimming and dive straight into the crystal-clear water. Alternatively, stay dry on the boat and soak up the sun rays or enjoy a traditional Italian aperitif on board. At the end of your experience, return to the Carla Ponte Marina

Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour with Aperitif

2. Polignano a Mare: Boat Cave Tour with Aperitif

Set sail along a stretch of the Adriatic Sea from Polignano a Mare to admire the coastal caves by sea. Stop to peek into sea grottoes like Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Piana, Cala Paura, and more. Take a dip in hidden coves with the floatation devices provided and enjoy an aperitif onboard. Explore the many caves that dot the coast of Polignano a Mare on a relaxing boat tour. Enjoy an aperitif, make frequent stops to swim in the crystal-clear waters, and soak up the dramatic views of the coast. Set sail from the small port of San Vito and begin your tour of the main caves, including Grotta Palazzese, Grotta Santa Caterina, Grotta Chiari di Luna, Grotta delle Rondinelle, Cala Paura/Grottone, Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Piana, and more. Stop for a swimming break in one of the most beautiful places on Polignano's coast and indulge in a delicious Prosecco-based aperitif during the cruise. Soak up the sunshine on deck or relax under a parasol. Take advantage of the ladders and floats for both adults and children. At the end of the tour, return to the departure point.

Bari: Pasta Experience Walking Tour

3. Bari: Pasta Experience Walking Tour

Begin your cultural adventure by visiting the main attractions of the old town. Stop and discover the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the exterior of the millenary Swabian Castle.  Continue your tour riding along the authentic narrow streets of the old town where ladies still make pasta by hand, kids play outdoor and people cook in every corner. End the walking section of the tour at Signora Maria’s House. Here you will learn how to make orecchiette, a delicious type of local homemade pasta, and find out the secrets of its traditional recipe. While drinking Primitivo red wine, cook and taste your own homemade pasta and feel like a real local. Finish your wonderful day by tasting some fantastic local ice cream!

Bari Airport: 1-Way Shared Transfer to Matera City Center

4. Bari Airport: 1-Way Shared Transfer to Matera City Center

Secure reliable transportation with a pre-booked 1-way shared transfer from Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport to Matera's Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, close to Matera Centrale. Avoid the hassle of navigating the public transportation system before or after a long journey. After getting off your flight, be greeted and supported by staff at the bus stop. They will help you onboard to prepare for your transfer. Relax and enjoy views of Italy from the comfort of a modern bus as you're driven to a convenient central location in Matera.

Bari Walking Street Food Tour

5. Bari Walking Street Food Tour

Your tour begins with visiting the main attractions of the old town. These include the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the millenary Swabian Castle. Stop several times for tastings. In a panificio (bakery) learn how focaccia barese is made and taste a slice of this delicious fresh Italian bread. Visit a salumeria (delicatessen) to find out about different kinds of cheeses and salami while drinking a glass of wine. In one particular traditional corner of the town, discover fried street food with the strong flavors of sgagliozze or panzerotti. In a gelateria, enjoy real home-made ice cream choosing your favorite one from a fantastic selection.  The tour finishes by discovering the modern French part of the city. Here, by the famous sea-side, are beautiful opera theaters and luxury shopping streets to explore. 

Bari by boat: admire the city from the sea with Aperitivo

6. Bari by boat: admire the city from the sea with Aperitivo

Seize the opportunity to discover Bari from the sea on our fascinating gozzo, a vessel that embodies the Italian maritime tradition. On board our comfortable boat, you can enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience, admiring the city from its best perspective, accompanied by one of our experienced skippers*. * Skippers are not tour guides. During the approximately 1,5 hour tour, we will make a pleasant stop, anchoring the boat in front of a characteristic location in the city, usually the Basilica di San Nicola. This moment of relax will further enhance your experience as you indulge in a delightful aperitivo offered by us. You can savor refreshing white wine and artisanal taralli. Moreover, weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the waters along the waterfront. Embarking for the tour is convenient, located in the heart of Bari's historic center, next to the magnificent Teatro Margherita, an iconic landmark facing the grand Piazza del Ferrarese. Join us and immerse yourself in one of the most captivating experiences this fascinating city has to offer.

Polignano a Mare: Boat Trip, Swim & Cave with Aperitif

7. Polignano a Mare: Boat Trip, Swim & Cave with Aperitif

Experience a wonderful day at sea on a guided boat trip departing from Polignano a Mare. Visit the coast, coves, and sea caves, take a refreshing dip in the ocean and savor a small aperitif. Choose from a shared or private option based on whether you prefer privacy or the chance to meet others. As you hop on board, be greeted by the staff, who will provide you with towels, snorkeling equipment, and personalized glasses. Discover the magnificent coast of Polignano and see the statue dedicated to Domenico Modugno. Next, make your way to the beautiful bay of Lama Monachile. Explore the Palazzese Grotto and see the Island of the Hermit (San Paolo Island), before taking a dip in the pristine waters of Apulia. After a refreshing swim, toast with a complimentary prosecco and Apulian taralli on the way back to Polignano a Mare.

Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari

8. Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari

Experience a pleasant bike tour to discover the city of Bari and let your expert multilingual guide show you the most important attractions of the Apulian capital. Savor local products such as artisan ice cream or cold cuts and cheeses with a tasting experience. Pass by the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino, the Swabian Castle, the Teathers, the main squares, the many picturesque beaches, and the beautiful hidden corners of the historical center, such as the Fish Market and the alleys where women still prepare handmade fresh pasta. You will venture into the real Bari and immerse yourself in the lively local life and the traditions of this enchanting city. Choose the bikes which suit you best among women, men and children bikes. Enjoy a tour that is suitable for every level of cycling. Bari is a flat and sunny city and is therefore ideal to be visited by bike all the year round.

From Bari: Puglia and Matera Sightseeing Tour

9. From Bari: Puglia and Matera Sightseeing Tour

At the slow pace of the roads of the southern heel of the Italian boot, we will get to know places otherwise difficult to reach independently. You will have the chance to visit ancient towns, seaside resorts, and historical sites in Puglia and Basilicata. Our trips will be opportunities to learn about local culture in a friendly and informal environment. We'll travel backroads to destinations showcasing nature alongside human handiwork. You'll have a friend at your side to immerse you in the customs and traditions of the cities you visit. Select amongst various itineraries. Frequently requested trips include: 1) Bari - Polignano - Alberobello - Matera - Bari (190 km) 2) Bari - Alberobello - Locorotondo - Cisternino - Ostuni - Bari (190 km) 3) Bari - Polignano - Alberobello - Locorotondo - Monopoli - Bari (170 km) 4) Bari - Altamura - Gravina - Matera - Bari (150 km) 5) Bari - Ruvo - Castel del Monte - Trani - Bari (150 km) World Heritage Unesco sites: Alberobello: on the way to the ''trulli'' capital is Polignano, famous for its cliffs, home of the Diving World Championship, on the Adriatic coast. Locorotondo and other small towns of the Itria Valley can be visited driving old roads filled with ancient monumental olive trees. Matera: on the way to this amazing town we could stop in Gravina in Puglia and Altamura, homelands of some of the most delicious food in the region. Castel del Monte: suggested stops at Ruvo di Puglia and Trani, with their wonderful cathedrals. Drive through picturesque rocky and coastal scenery.

Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

10. Bari: Half-Day Sailing Cruise along the Pugliese Coast

After meeting with your skipper at the marina in Bari, hop on board your sailing cruise. Enjoy a welcome snack of local focaccia and an excellent Primitivo red wine to start your sailing adventure. Then it's time to cruise out to the high sea. Out here, you can admire the imposing lighthouse of Bari. If you're lucky, you'll spot dolphins who often come up close to the boat. If you'd like, the skipper will even give you the opportunity to temporarily maneuver the boat yourself. If sea conditions allow, take a dip in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the refreshing temperatures. Your skipper will cast anchor at the old navy of Bari where you'll be able to take another swim and take panoramic photos of the promenade. Finally, visit the historic center's ancient fish market and admire the Basilica of San Nicolas.

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What people are saying about Bari

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4.7
(1,226 reviews)

Great way of seeing Locorotondo and thePuglian Aquaduct with an entertaining and knowledgeable guide - great e- bikes too . Rocco made the tour interesting - not boy about the bike pathway but also the flora and fauna en route and the local history

The boat trip is definitely worth the money! The guides were great and told us very interesting things about the caves. We were a small group, which was very pleasant. Definitely recommended!😊

Service was wonderful, i would definitely use this service again. Highly recommended

Entertaining and good information. Guide was great! Making pasta was a highlight

very pleasant outing with lovely views of the city