Bari Underground & catacombs

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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: Simi Palace and Byzantine Church Guided Tour

2. Bari: Simi Palace and Byzantine Church Guided Tour

Discover the ruins within Palazzo Simi, one of the most important museums in Bari. Dating back to the 16th century, it hosts inside a permanent archaeological exhibition useful to get an idea of the history of the city, and of the many cultures that have distinguished it. The display of the artifacts on the ground floor will lead you till the early history. They range from a model of an original settlement to fragments of prehistoric pottery and rare examples of Italian-Mycenaean ceramics which prove the breadth of the city's commercial network in the Mediterranean. The fascinating underground itinerary will lead you to the remains of a marvelous Byzantine church dating back to the IX-X century, where the three apses, part of the altar and some fragments of a fresco can still be distinguished. In addition to the remains of the Byzantine church, in the underground you can see the remains of a Roman house discovered during the restoration work. Even deeper, there is the archaeological area accessed through the staircase running along the ancient oven of the noble palace.

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The two cities are worth it, the magnificent and very helpful guides. It was very hot and our guide Gianfranco, I don't remember if it was this name (forgive me) in Matera helped us at all times, and explained everything in great detail. In Alberobello, the driver Francesco guided us and even though I wasn't feeling well, he was great!

The tour was awesome. You have plenty of time to experience Matera and Alberobello. Tour guides were so knowledgeable, answered all questions. Highly recommend tour.

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!

Superb 8-hour excursion with an interesting and friendly guide: thank you Lorenzo!