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About Bari

Bari is filled with historic landmarks, yet it has an appealingly youthful and vibrant side. There are grand boulevards, a large university, a sturdy castle, an opera house - and some of the liveliest nightlife in Puglia. This is also where you’ll find the bones of St. Nicholas - better known as Santa Claus - in the striking Basilica di San Nicola. Bari is also an excellent stop on a journey to Greece or Croatia, and there are regular onward ferry connections from the port. Some of the best places to stay in Bari are just outside of the city in converted Masseria or historic farms, but most of our recommendations are intimate B&Bs in the attractive Old Town.

Bari’s ancient Old Town is close to the port and still follows the original medieval street plan. The hub of pre-Roman and Roman Bari, it is dotted with historic buildings and sites, perfect for losing yourself down little side streets, and savouring simple cuisine in bustling local eateries. You’ll want to visit Santa’s bones, of course, but the 11th century Basilica they’re housed in is also well worth admiring. Gaze up to spot the gold ceiling and impressive chandelier, before venturing down into the atmospheric crypt. Other heritage attractions include the city's lovely cathedral, and the 12th-century castle, built by Roger the Norman over the ruins of an earlier Byzantine structure. Although much of the edifice has been rebuilt, the original Norman towers remain. Some of our favourites Bari B&Bs offer spellbinding views of the castle and the city's charming rooftops.

With a lots to entice foodies and history buffs, Puglia is very popular and many of the best places to stay in Bari are quickly snapped up. Book your stay well in advance to avoid missing out!

The best places to stay in Bari

For glorious views

  • Mercantile Suites features two self-catering apartments in Bari's Old Town with impressive panoramas of the marina. Pick this place for a sense of independence and beautiful period touches -- including hardwood floors and antique furnishings. Minimalist Italian style and gorgeous sea views. One for the grown-ups!
  • Palazzo Calo offers luxurious contemporary studio apartments in a charming historic building. Think exposed stone walls and arches, with white-on-white designer interiors. The deluxe split-level suites are our top choice, and the views across Bari from the roof terrace are wonderfully romantic in the evenings.
  • 200 Rooms and Terrace is a bright, fresh-feeling B&B in the Murattiano district. The four rooms are elegant and modern, with desks, plants and lots of storage. Head up to the rooftop terrace to admire the city's skyline from cosy chairs on the astroturf! Cool and contemporary, with fabulously friendly hosts.
  • Al Pescatore B&B includes six smart, ultra-modern rooms decorated in soothing creams and greys. The vibe is appealingly laid-back, delicious breakfasts are served at a convivial communal table, and some of the rooms boast views of the historic castle fortifications. A friendly spot, with ample opportunity to chat to fellow guests over breakfast, or whilst gazing out over the port from the rooftop, glass of wine in hand!

For Boutique Chic

  • Dilman Luxury Stay is a superb boutique hotel in the Bari's buzzing centre. White-on-white rooms are bright and airy, with little private terraces and big baths, perfect for an indulgent soak. Book a 'Relax' room for the whirlpool bathtub and sauna, or pick the self-catering suite if you're eager to rustle up a round of aperitivos before venturing out for the evening. Smart, modern and luxurious.

For great value

  • B&B Murex promises four cosy bedrooms opposite Bari's Norman castle. Expect exposed stone walls, minimalist modern furnishings, flat-screen TVs and smart bathrooms. Simple, comfortable and well-located, this is a great value base for exploring the city or hitting the beach.
  • Bozzi 1910 has an elegant Parisian feel, with a cream and light purple palette in three self-catering apartments and one bedroom. With the option to interconnect the one-bedroom apartments, this B&B is ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a reasonably priced stay. Stylish and fun.

For an Apartment or Villa

  • If you’d prefer a self-catering option, we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Alitalia and British Airways fly from the UK to Bari Airport, and it’s connected to a number of other European destinations. You can catch a bus, a taxi, or the metro - which takes about 20 minutes - from the airport to the centre of town.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in Bari and want to see Puglia - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Bari’s Saint is Saint Nicholas, celebrated on both the 6th of December and the 6th - 8th of May -- both exceptional times to be in town. With the average temperature around 24°C in July and August, this is the best time weather-wise to visit Bari and Puglia. June is the driest month, and the amount of rainfall slowly increases throughout the summer. That said, October can still be warm and lovely, with temperatures up to 21°C and far fewer tourists around!

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Best Hotels in Bari

  • Bozzi 1910 Bari 4 rooms from £56

    Families  -  The 3 adjacent apartments mean that this makes a great option for groups or families travelling together but looking for privacy
    Local exploring  -  This fantastic location means that the broadwalk, beach, historic centre and shopping district are all reachable on foot
    Sights nearby  -  San Nicola, Bari's Old Town is a 20 minute walk. Visit the cathedral, Basilica San Nicola and Swabian Castle
    Great walks  -  The city's scenic broadwalk is just around the corner. Walk the full length at sunset and enjoy the views
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    Private apartments and B&B located in a 19th-century building in Bari. Inspired by the Art Nouveau theatre around the corner, rooms have been decorated in a Parisian style with fun touches. The 3 apartments have extensive kitchens and living areas. The B&B includes breakfast and has a kitchenette. See More

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  • B&B Murex Bari 4 rooms from £56

    Local exploring  -  All of the charms of the historic Old Town can be explored on foot, whereas the wider sites of Puglia are driving distance
    Sights nearby  -  Castello Svevo, Bari Cathedral, Basilica San Nicola, Ferrarese Square and Mercantile Square are all within 500 metres
    Sailing  -  Visit the island of San Domino with its sea cliffs and clear waters
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Charming B&B situated in the very heart of Bari's Old Town, directly opposite the city's Norman castle and moat. 4 cosy rooms are a blend of old and new; exposed brickwork and historic beams combine with flat-screen TVs and modern bathrooms. The location is great for exploring, dining or the beach. See More

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  • 200 Rooms and Terrace Bari (Puglia) 4 rooms from £87

    Local exploring  -  Located in the city centre, the historic Old Town and beach are walkable. For days out, the Puglia region can be explored by car
    Great walks  -  Walk along the Lungomare, Bari's scenic beachfront, which enjoys fantastic sunsets
    Sights nearby  -  Pane e Pomodoro Beach is just over 2km from the property
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Elegant B&B located in Bari's Murattiano district run by welcoming and friendly hosts. Situated in a 1920s building, 4 rooms are bright and contemporary, yet cosy and homely. The special rooftop terrace, with sit-out areas, is perfect for enjoying the breakfast buffet or relaxing after sightseeing. See More

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  • Al Pescatore B&B Bari (Puglia) 6 rooms from £95

    Local exploring  -  The location will suit every kind of tourist; explore the Old Town with historic sites on your doorstep or walk to the beach
    Sights nearby  -  Bari Cathedral, Castello Svevo, Basilica San Nicola, Mercantile Square and Teatro Margherita are all within 500m
    Great walks  -  A sunset walk along the city's scenic seafront is highly recommended
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    Lovely B&B nestled in the heart of Bari's historic Old Town. Some of the 6 rooms have balconies that look over the Norman castle and sea beyond. There is a lively restaurant owned by the same family, a secluded rooftop terrace with views and breakfast is served in a convivial communal dining room. See More

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  • Palazzo Calo Bari (Puglia) 12 rooms from £126

    City Style  -  Combine the modern with the traditional as you soak in views of the old town from the sleek roof-terrace
    Families  -  The Family Studio is perfect and kids will love the mezzanine set-up
    Sights nearby  -  Due to the Old Town location Bari cathedral, Teatro Margherita, Basilica San Nicola and Castello Svevo are all nearby
    Great walks  -  The sea-facing broadwalk stretches the length of the city and is perfect for a sunset stroll
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    Although located in a historic building in the beating heart of Bari's Old Town, these studio B&B apartments are the height of contemporary cool. Minimalist yet maximizing space, each unit combines muted hues, modern furniture and exposed brick. Guests will love the roof-terrace and vertical garden. See More

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  • Mercantile Suites Bari (Puglia) 2 rooms from £130

    Outstanding location  -  Located on a main square in the Old Town, the flats are walking distance to the broadwalk and look out over a piazza and the sea
    City Style  -  From a stylish base, the Old Town's lively bars, shops, restaurants surround you. Stay here to soak up local life
    Sights nearby  -  Mercantile Square, Bari Cathedral, Basilica San Nicola, Castello Svevo and Teatro Margherita are within 500 metres
    Tennis  -  There is an off-site tennis court that guests have access to at an additional charge
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    This is the place to live out fantasies of stylish Italian living. Made up of 2 two-bedroom self-catered apartments situated in the same building in Bari's Old Town, the prime location, traditional yet modern minimalist style and sparkling sea views from the terrace make this feel like a film-set. See More

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  • Dilman Luxury Stay Bari 16 rooms from £130

    City Style  -  Combining the benefits of a luxury hotel and serviced apartment, plus excellent location, this is one of Bari's chicest options
    Honeymoons  -  For something special book the Suite with its panoramic terrace and home cinema. There will be no need to leave the hotel
    Romantic Break  -  Couples with love the rooms with private saunas or jacuzzi spa baths and general sense of privacy
    Cooking classes  -  Puglia is known for its cuisine. Take a food tour to taste the region's many delicacies or enjoy a fresh fish tasting
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    Luxury boutique hotel in Bari's buzzing city centre. Elegant and stylish rooms, suites and residences are designed for stays of 3 nights or more. Expect Hermes amenities, spa baths and high thread-count linen in the rooms. As well as breakfast included, in-room dining can include a delicious dinner. See More

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  • Vis Urban Suites & Spa Bari (Puglia) 12 rooms from £165

    Romantic Break  -  Beautifully designed rooms and suites, one with private pool, a cute cafe and pampering spa. Perfect for a couples' getaway
    Local exploring  -  With its central location this property is ideal for anyone wanting to explore Bari on foot
    Restaurant  -  The cafe is open all day serving delicious dishes made from the best quality local ingredients
    Boutique  -  Individually designed rooms and suites with beautiful designer interiors are bound to impress
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    A gorgeous design hotel in the centre of Bari. Individually styled rooms and suites offer stunning bold interiors which complement the building's original period features. One boasts a private pool, others in-room tubs and furnished terraces. Plus there's a cafe bar and pampering spa. Simply lovely! See More

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