DEPARTURES

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From Monday to Sunday at 10 am

MEETING POINT

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Piazza San Nicola (in front to the Basilica of St. Nicholas, next the bronze statue)

LANGUAGE

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English

Highlights

Discover the amazing capital of Apulia region with its monuments and gems!

  • Visit Bari Cathedral and Norman-Swabian Castle
  • See the Column of Justice in the Piazza Mercantile
  • Admire the Apulian Romanesque architecture at the churches and medieval castle
  • Walk down the charming alleyways of the historic Old Bari  – Outside the Swabian castle (piazza Federico II di Svevia)

Description

Enjoy a guided tour of Bari, the capital of Apulia, famous for the preserved remains of Saint Nicholas of Myra, venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.

Bari is also well known outside the Christian world because Saint Nicholas is well known as “Santa Claus” or “Father Chrismas”.

Take this tour and see the Basilica di San Nicola, a 12th-century church built to preserve the relics of Saint Nicholas of Myra.

Along with the Cathedral of Trani, it is considered to be one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture. There you can explore the crypt with holy remains dedicated to Orthodox worship.

You will also visit Bari Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Sabinus, a bishop of Canosa, a great example of Apulian Romanesque architecture and you also have the chance to visit the Baroque crypt.

The tour will then proceed to the Norman-Swabian Castle, a 12th-century fortress built by Roger the Norman and rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia after its partial destruction by William I of Sicily, you will be amazed with the plaster casts gallery.

We will also take you to the Column of Justice in the Piazza Mercantile, a white marble column with a stone lion which stands crouched behind the door on a chest with the inscription “Guardian of Justice”.

It has been said that insolvent debtors were tied to this column as a punishment.

You will also walk past the old Aragonese walls and through the historical center, and have free time to shop and buy local products.

Important Information

The tour will be confirmed once reached the minimum number of 3 pax.

Dress code: shoulders and knees must be covered to enter churches.

On a hot day, wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.

Wear comfortable shoes, preferably with rubber sole.

Meeting Points

Piazza San Nicola (in front to the Basilica of St. Nicholas, next the bronze statue)

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