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Bari: St. Nicholas Basilica and Crypt Guided Tour

1. Bari: St. Nicholas Basilica and Crypt Guided Tour

Discover every detail of the most important church in Bari, one of the most remarkable examples of Romanesque in the world, the first large Norman church in the South. Its grandeur is highlighted by the wide limestone facade and by multiple ornamental details, such as the Porta dei Leoni on the north side, decorated with bass relieves portraying chivalry scenes. Inside, large transverse arches and laboriously carved capitals will capture your attention, transforming themselves into the perfect frame of a fascinating journey into the cult of Saint Nicholas, between history and devotion. The tour ends with a visit to the famous crypt, which contains the relics of the Saint, and which inspired a legend telling the story of the spear of Longinus, a Roman soldier who pierced the side of Jesus on the Cross.

Bari: Ruvo di Puglia Tour

2. Bari: Ruvo di Puglia Tour

Begin your visit at Piazza Giovanni Bovio, in front of the Palazzo Jatta, which dates from 1840. Head inside the Jatta National Archaeological Museum to see the only 19th-century private collection in Italy that has remained unchanged since its original conception. The items were collected by the archaeologist Giovanni Jatta in the early 19th century then later enriched by his nephew and sold to the state in the 20th century. The exhibition is organized into four rooms. The first contains terracotta vases with geometric decorations dating back to the peucet age of the 7th and 6th centuries BC. The second room contains about 700 vases of Greek or local production. The third room contains over four hundred pieces and several craters positioned on a column. In the fourth and final room contains more than 270 artifacts and the vase of Talos, which is one of the most important ceramographic masterpieces. The vase depicts the episode narrated by Apollonius Rodio in the Argonautics of the killing of Talos by Medea who sustained dying from the arms of Castor and Pollux. Continue your tour to the historical center. Travel through the Aragonese tower towards Ruvo Cathedral, which is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. This is one of the most important examples of Apulian Romanesque style. Inside the cathedral visit the hypogeum, which was discovered in 1975. Outside the cathedral see the 37-meter tall bell tower. Head to the clock tower built in 1604. Finish your tour in front of the remains of the castle, with a quadrangular plan of two buildings in the center where the tower still stands. Initially, this fortress consisted only of the tower, dating back to the 10th or 11th century, from which it was possible to control the four gates of access to the city.

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4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

If you're into history, it's a good experience, the guide was a historian, so you got full value for money.

Francesca is a guide with a great cultural background, we liked her a lot, time has flown!