A cultural and foodie tour in the old town and in the Murat district
A tour to discover the old town and the Murat district (the "new" town built in 1813 during the French domination by Gioacchino Murat). We can visit the Basilica of S. Nicholas (one of the most beautiful example of Romanesque architecture in Puglia and one of the few church in the world that guest 2 religions: the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox), the Cathedral of S. Sabino, the Swabian castle (exterior), the ancient walls, an archeological museum, a picture gallery, Piazza Ferrarese, Piazza Mercantile and the old port with the fishermen selling their fish.
We will admire the maestry of some old ladies making orecchiette (home made tipycal pasta) on the street at the entrance of their homes and we can even enjoy the experience of making orecchiette with them.
At the Murat district you can discover the liberty style architecture (the Palace of the acqueduct, Petruzzelli theatre, Fizzarotti Palace, Mincuzzi Palace, etc. ) as well a shopping tour. During the tour we can stop to enjoy some culinary experiences.
This itinerary (with the old town and the Murat district) is the classic one but, depending on your interests, it can be customized as you like. Being a wine and olive oil sommelier, I suggest you to add a culinary experience such as a street food tasting (the renowned focaccia barese at a bakery, an excellent ice cream made with natural flavors, etc. ), a wine, extra virgin olive oil, typical food (cheese, cold cuts) tasting at a bistrot, a grocery or a wine shop.
We can extend the tour to a full day one adding some city up on the North of Bari (Trani, Barletta, Castel del Monte, Bitonto, Ruvo, Molfetta, Canosa) or on the South (Conversano, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Altamura), Taranto, Matera, Alberobello, Ostuni, etc.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: at your hotel, the cruise terminal, in Piazza Ferrarese or wherever you like
End location: at your hotel, the cruise terminal, in Piazza Ferrarese or wherever you like
Duration: 4 hours
The half day itinerary is a walking tour. We would need a vehicle only in case of a full day tour with some visit in the surroundings. In this case, if you have a vechicle I can come with you otherwise I can arrange for you the transportation by car, van, minibus, bus, wheelchair accessible vehicle, bike, Electric pedal assisted cycle, segway, scooter, vintage car or vespa, etc.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 Eur - it depends if you like to stop for a meal, a snack, a wine tasting, etc.
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I couldn't have asked for more help in searching for relatives in Bari where my grandfather was born. We talked with strangers and were helped by so many people. We found a street with several mailboxes with my unusual last name listed, and knocked on many doors! I may have met relatives, I don't know since I had so little information. But Alessandro took me to the old areas, piazzas and churches where my grandfather would have grown up. Emotional and very satisfying. A big THANK YOU Alessandro!