This Bari shore trip allows you to see the main highlights of the region including the old town of Bari, the fairy tale town of Alberobello and the charming "White City" of Ostuni. It is the most popular option for those who have a full day available.
After meeting your licensed guide you drive to the old town of Bari where you enjoy a walking tour. The port city of Bari was founded during the Bronze Age on a small promontory, which today, is the old town of Bari. Here you will find narrow alleys and breathtaking views of the sea. Bari grew and increased its economic importance after the Roman conquest and construction of the Via Appia road.
Bari experienced a happy and rich period when ruled by the Normans. On May 9, 1087 the body of St. Nicholas was brought to Bari making it one of the three main places of Christianity during the time. The Norman Castle which is the largest building in the region is here. The castle was changed throughout history so you may recognize medieval and Renaissance additions.
The Cathedral was built between the 12th and 13th centuries on what remained of a previous Byzantine cathedral. It is one of the largest Romanesque buildings in the Apulia region. The Cathedral is named for San Savino who is buried in the cathedral's crypt which is supported by 28 columns with Byzantine and Romanesque capitals. Beneath here the relics of St. Nicholas are housed.
Following your Bari tour you visit the fairy tale town of Alberobello which has become well known for its curious whitewashed, round structures with gray, stone, cone-shaped roofs. These houses are called Trulli and are common in the region of Apulia, but Alberobello is unique because it is an entire city of them. The word Trulli comes from the Latin turris, which means dome.
The old town of Alberobello has about one hundred of these interesting buildings located on a hilltop surrounded by olive trees. While the exact origin of the circular buildings with stone teepee roofs is not known, it is said that the tradition is 5,000 years old. A common theory is that they were popular in the Middle Ages when house taxation was heavy. The buildings were temporary and could easily be moved to avoid being taxed. Today the buildings are permanent and a visit to the interior is a treat. The roof covers a common area which is separated by colorful curtains which pose a sharp contrast to the stark white walls. Simple furniture made from olive wood is the work of local farmers who have lived in these buildings for generations. The buildings stay cool in the hot summer because of the stone walls and in winter they rely on the hearth for heat. In 1996 the town of Alberobello was added to the UNESCO list of heritage sites.
While you are in Alberobello you enjoy free time for lunch on your own before driving to Ostuni.
Ostuni is known as the "White City" for the color of its houses. The city was developed in the 12th century when Ostuni was under the control of the Normans. The beautiful downtown historic houses have white washed facades and flat roofs. These houses are laid out on a series of levels with staircases and tiny roads and arches connecting them. It is one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy where you can enjoy sea views and the charming example of Mediterranean architecture. For many, the uniqueness of the buildings is reason enough to visit. However the Gothic style cathedral is well worth a visit. Also note worthy are the Episcopal Palace and the Church of St. Francis.
After your walking tour of the "White City" you return to Bari.
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