Italy's Adriatic Coast travel blog

Bari Castle from 1233 A.D.

Bari Castle with a new tower

Bari Castle, the town holds concerts and exhibits now

Bari Castle

Bari Castle

Bari Castle moat

Bari

Bari

Bari

Bari

Women making pasta outside on a nice day

Pasta makers

Pasta makers

This pasta is black because they have added squid

Another pasta maker

Pasta drying on racks in the alleyways outside the homes

Market

Mushroom in market

Market

Winding streets

Narrow alleyways

Cathedral

Cathedral

Basilica to Saint Nicholas

Statue of Saint Nicholas, the Patron Saint of Bari

Remnants of box used to transport bones of St. Nicholas to Bari

Burial place of St. Nicholas in Basilica

Saint Nicholas

Basicilca

Ceiling of Basicilca

Basicilca

Basicilca

Bakery for "focaccia barese"

Silvia bought us all a slice of the focaccia - just a...

All of enjoying our focaccia

Beverly enjoying focaccia - huge slice of puffy bread topped with fresh...

Our tour guide Silvia

Port of Bari

Port of Bari

Port of Bari

A market square with the "shame column" - if you were bad...

Local men playing cards. They were very serious about their game and...

A local man

Then we went for gelato - Italian style ice cream

Gelato server

Doug found the Commissioner of the local police and asked for a...


The main Castle in Bari was the home of Frederick II, built in 1233. This Swabian Castle also served as a Renaissance residence for Isabella of Aragon and her daughter Bona Sforza and became a playground for the artists, writers and powerful dignitaries that the two would host.

Saint Nicholas' bones are kept in the Basilicaa of Saint Nicola, commissioned in 1089 to house the stolen relics of Bari's Patron Saint. We know Saint Nicolas as Santa Claus. The legends were built around him because he saved little children from harm and gave them gifts. Many places have him as their patron saint.

Bari's old town has narrow winding alleyways like all European towns.

As you will see in the pictures, we came across women making Orecchiette (little ear shaped pasta), like their mother and grandmother before them, right on the street.

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