Wondering where to stay in Bari? It doesn’t matter if you’re in town to take a cruise of the Adriatic Sea, a ferry to Croatia or Greece or as the start of your Apulia adventure. We got you covered!
Since ancient times, this port city of southern Italy, bathed by the waters of the Adriatic Sea, has changed inhabitants like seasons. It has been Greek, Roman, Saracen and Italian, but it is definitely universal now. Although the history of Bari as a tourist destination goes back almost one century, this last decade the city has experienced a new boom, where its historical architecture; that had been dilapidating with time, has been revamped to become a center of cultural activity and tourism in the city.
Today we can enjoy both sides of Bari, by day, a beautiful white sand port with large and beautiful places of worship (such as the Basilica of St. Nicholas or the Cathedral of St. Sabino) bathed by a pleasant radiant sun; and by night, the art galleries, restaurants, bars and night clubs will keep us going.
When it comes to places to stay in Bari, prices will vary according to the type of establishment, the neighborhood we choose and especially how central they are. Usually, places near the harbour or the main places of night entertainment, are more expensive. The average price for a double room in the city is €78 per night (from pensions and B&B to 5 star hotels). But it varies widely, you can get comfortable and nice places to stay up to €37 a night, while one of the best rooms in the city, can cost up to €300.
As for the best area to stay in Bari, the district of Bari Centro is definitely the most convenient and beautiful.
Now we will give you a breakdown of the different districts of Bari and we will give you specific recommendations in each one of them so you can find the best area to stay in Bari according to your needs.
Accommodation map for Bari, Italy
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The best areas to stay in Bari, Italy
1. Bari Vecchia
Bari Vecchia is the name given to the center of the city, more specifically the tangle of narrow cobbled streets of the medieval district that in ancient times gave birth to what we now know as Bari.
It is the most charming area of the city, full of narrow streets and buildings dating from the XII century to the present day. Until not long ago, the area was famous, or rather infamous as a dangerous neighborhood.
Since the mid 90’s, however, local authorities have been renovating the neighborhood thoroughly and nowadays Bari Vecchia is one of the best areas to stay in Bari if you want to be close to medieval monuments and experience neighborhood life in the “deep south” of Italy.
In this area you can find the two main historical monuments and religious centers of the city, the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola, both in Romanesque styles.
It is an excellent gastronomic area, with many options of traditional restaurants and it is also full of alternative bars, pubs and nightclubs.
Why stay here:
- Super central location
- Medieval architecture
- Cultural attractions
- Accessible by foot
Hand-picked accommodation in Bari Vecchia
- Top Pick
- Budget Option
- Midrange Option
- Luxury Option
B&B dei Meravigli
Lovely B&B dei Meravigli is one hundred meters from the Basilica of St. Nicholas and seven hundred from the Petruzelli Theater, in one of the best areas to stay in Bari.
Palazzo Verrone is a simple guesthouse located two minutes walk from the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari Vecchia. It has a score of 9.2/10 on hotel search engines.
Le Nicchie is a luxury guesthouse located in the heart of Bari. It offers a terrace with views of the city, private bathrooms in all rooms and a shared kitchen.
Apartamento Arco Basso
Fantastic Apartamento Arco Basso offers luxury accommodation in the center of Bari. With all the advantages of an independent apartment and an ideal location, these apartments have an almost perfect score on hotel search engines.