Where to stay in Bari?
The Apulian region is one of the most beautiful in Italy. Bari, its capital, is one of the most visited cities. This is because it is an important port and is where several cruise ships dock during high season. Today we will get to know where to sleep in the city of Bari! Do you want to know where to stay in Bari? Then read this post about Bari to see our accommodation tips and find out: where to sleep in Bari? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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Is it possible to walk with ease in Bari? Yes! It is a delightful city, almost all flat and you can walk around the sea, along the shore, so the walk is even more pleasant with that fantastic view of the sea! One of the best areas of the city (if you prefer not to be close to Bari Centrale station) to stay is, without a doubt, the Monopoli train station area.
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That’s because being close by, it is much easier to move to other cities and, even there, you are close to all the important points of the city. This is also where the historic center of Bari is located. If you prefer a station further away from the historic center, but close to other attractions, opt for Bari Centrale, but know that the station is 50 minutes from the historic center of Monopoli by train. The center of Bari is the city’s nerve system. It has numerous accommodation options and is close to places like Largo Fontanelle and Fontana Monumentale del Borgo (“Monumental Fountain of the Village”), among other interesting places.
1) Where to stay in Bari? NEXT TO BASILICA DI SAN NICOLA
A must-see place in Bari is the Basilica di San Nicola (Basilica of St Nicholas), which is close to the Central Station. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of the city and, therefore, its Basilica is one of the most visited in the city. The Basilica was built in Romanesque style between the years 1087 and 1100, during the city’s Norman domination. The façade is in high relief, simple and imposing. It is divided into three parts with three pilasters and crowned by arches and opened at the top.
There are two bell towers, of different types, which are next to the facade. The sides have deep blind arches and rich decorations on the doors. Inside the basilica there is a planimetric plan in the form of a Latin cross. The longitudinal corridor is divided into three corridors by twelve columns, six on each side, with the first four pairs flanking the others. The ceiling is reticulated and is marked by three cross arches, added in the 15th century. It was actually part of the restoration plan for the building that had been through an earthquake, making the building unsafe.
The Interior of the Basilica
Inside the Basilica, above the arches is the floor of the pierced matron. The ceiling is sculpted and gilded decorated with paintings from the 17th century, the main altar is surmounted by a 12th century ciborium. In the central apse, the floor has marble inlays and oriental motifs from the first decades of the 12th century, together with the episcopal marble chair that dates from 1105, in addition to the monument of Bona Sforza, Queen of Poland, which are from the late 16th century. Staying in that region is great for those who want to be close to everything.
- Be sure to enter the churches you come across while walking through Bari! It is one more beautiful than the other.
The accommodation options that I advise with great value for money are:
2) Where to stay in Bari? IN FINESTRA SOUTH MARE
A must-see place is the famous Finestra Sul Mare, (near Monopoli station – historic center) which serves as a gazebo and offers a charming view of the fishermen’s boats at sea. It is a great region to stay too: there are good hotels in the area and it is also close to bars and restaurants.
3) Where to stay in Bari? CLOSE TO THE PALAZZO DEL SEDILE (SEDILE PALACE)
As we said at the beginning of the post: the central station in Bari is 50 minutes away from the historic city center. However, it is nearby that other interesting points of Bari are located, such as the Palazzo del Sedile. Built in the 16th century as the seat of the Council of Nobles and Primary, it was transformed into a theater and ended up abandoned in the 19th century.
Its first mention is in 1466. A fire, in 1601, ended the palace: while they removed the last two kegs of powder, everything blew up: the kegs exploded. Result: 60 people died and some houses were destroyed. In 1602 the University of Bari rebuilt the Palace and in 1604 a clock was installed on a tower brought from Germany. Until 1835, the Palace was the seat of the Teatro Comunale (“Municipal Theater”). After a general panic attack during a performance at a concert, the Theater was closed and sold to private individuals.
4) Where to stay in Bari? IN MONOPOLI
Another area further away from the centers and which, therefore, presents better accommodation options, is the area of the Torre Al Mare station region. It is about 34 minutes from the train station in the historic center, Monopoli. Here there are good accommodation options, restaurants and it is possible to take a boat trip via the sea, starting from a small marina.
The accommodation options that I advise with great value for money are:
- Casa Monopolina Apartment
- Bed and Breakfast (B&B) Orazio33
- Bed and Breakfast (B&B) Murattiane – Dimore di Stile
5) Where to stay in Bari? IN QUINTINO SELLA
If you want to be close to the central station of Bari, but not exactly in the middle of the action, you can choose to be close to the Quintino Sella station. It is just 10 minutes from the central station, on foot, and offers great tourist facilities. The prices here can be more affordable and you still remain close to several interesting points in the city.
6) Where to stay in Bari? IN BRIGATA BARI
With a journey time of 5 minutes to Bari Centrale (by train – on foot it would be around 25 minutes) you can choose to stay in Brigata Bari. There are not so many options, but they are more affordable than staying in even more central regions.
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Where to stay in Bari? Bari is the type of city that should be included in even the most demanding itineraries, as it never disappoints! Getting there by sea or land, make sure your trip to this fantastic land is going to be incredible! The ideal is to get to know the city with calm and tranquility, but if you have little time you can also get to know the best of Bari! Pack your bags, choose your hotel and have a safe trip! Oh, don’t forget to tell me how was your tour of Bari and, if you have any tips, leave them in the comments! You can help a lot of people!
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