Administrative centre, economic heart of the region and strategic trade hub with Eastern Europe, Bari stands out also for its historical and architectural treasures, found both within the metropolitan area and in its beautiful surroundings.Corso Vittorio Emanuele is the main road of the city, as well as the imaginary border between Old Bari, crossed by a dense maze of charming narrow streets and medieval courts, and modern Bari, arising from a portentous urban expansion.Visiting Bari you will have the chance to pay homage to one of the most relevant religious places of Southern Italy: the Basilica of San Nicola. Apart from being a great example of Romanesque-Pugliese architecture, the basilica houses the relics of St. Nicholas. This makes it one of the favorite religious destinations also for the Orthodox Church.
The Basilica di San Nicola is the religious symbol of the city while the Castello Svevo represents its historic emblem. This impressive fortress, found at the edge of the old city, was built in 1131 by the Norman king Ruggero II and then rebuilt by Federico II in 1233. The pre-existing Norman structure is still visible today in the indoor plant and in the two towers. After numerous transformations made during the Angevin period, the castle passed into the hands of Isabella d’Aragona and then Bona Sforza, before coming back under the King of Naples.Furthermore, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, dedicated to Saint Sabinus, is not to be missed as it is a fine example of Romanesque-Pugliese architecture dating back to the XII century.The Cloister of St. Benedict, the Vallisa, the Chiesa di Gesù, the Arco delle Meraviglie and the house of Nicolo Piccinni complete your visit together with the Archaeological Museum and its important collection of artifacts, Greek and Apulian vases, the monument to King Umberto I and the magnificent fontana dell’Acquedotto Pugliese, found in the center of Piazza Moro.