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Historical Bari

Walk through history and step back in time as you trace the footsteps of Bari whose harbor is noted in time as early as 181 BC.

Historical Bari

This tour will take you past monuments, churches and noble buildings. Believed to be originally Illyrian, Bari was controlled by the Greeks and then, later, the Romans. During the Roman era, Bari was a connection between the coast roadway and the Via Traiana, and is thought to have been the main focal point of a fishery.

Experience the local museums and underground channels for a unique cultural immersion. Bari is divided into parts which include a modern area called "quarters", which was developed in 1820, and an ancient district, located on a peninsula to the north, which contains many beautiful Romanesque-Pugliese structures and churches, where you can relive history.

See the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and the crypt with 26 columns sporting capitals in Byzantine and Romanesque style, housing the remains of St. Nicholas.

Stop at the Museo del Succorpo della Cattedrale, A subterranean museum inside Bari cathedral where recent excavations have revealed remnants leftover from an ancient Christian basilica and various Roman ruins. These include parts of a 2nd-century Roman road, the floor mosaic from a 5th-century paleo Christian basilica featuring octopi, fish and plant motifs, and elements of a 9th century Byzantine church.

Next visit the Archeological Museum of Santa Scolastica where an entrance within an embrasure at the foot of the bastion leads to a route which allows you to observe part of the rich archaeological stratification of the site which ranges from the Bronze Age (2000 BC) to the Byzantine and Medieval eras, passing through the Greek and Roman periods. The remains of the old city walls, dating back to the end of the 4th century BC are among the most striking historical relics on display. It is also possible to see the ruins of a pre-historic village and a Peucetian and Greek burial ground.

Continue to the Swabian Castle, also known as the Castello Normanno-Svevo. The first castle on this site was likely built in the 1130s by a Norman King. The Normans ruled southern Italy starting in the early 11th century, taking the region from the Byzantines, but in 1156 the existing castle was destroyed when Byzantine troops re-took the city. Inside are monumental sculptures and other Puglian artifacts, and there are occasional special art exhibits on display.

Palazzo Simi, Simi Palace, now Bari's Archaeology Operations Centre, is of the Renaissance period sealing a dense and tight archaeological stratification both vertical and horizontal. The high-medieval and Romanesque period related masonry stratifications are visible in the basement of the building, built on the remains of a byzantine church.

Stop at the Civic Museum and view the prehistoric section with an interesting Paleo-Christian epigraph that evokes the atmosphere of the city from the Renaissance period to the present days.

Your tour ends discovering the modern French part of the city along the famous sea-side where you will see opera theaters and luxurious shopping boutiques and experience lively squares where a taste of local products is not to be missed.

Please Note: You will have the choice of visiting two of the listed museums. Minimum age to participate is 6 years old.

Starting At
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic, Walking
Tour Duration
3 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Velo Stazione - Varco Capitaneria (Port of Bari)
Food/Beverage Provided
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, seasonal clothing. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Guests should be physically fit in order to walk on multiple surfaces. Minimum age to participate is 6 years old.
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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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