Attractions to explore nearby Piazza Mercantile
Piazza Mercantile is the hub of Bari city life, located at the crossroads of Vittorio Emanuele II avenue, the promenade Augusto Imperatore and Piazza del Ferrarese square. This area has been the city’s commercial heart since the 14th century, while today it is a preferred location for most national and international cultural events.
Piazza del Ferrarese is a public square in the historic part of Bari, not far from the city's waterfront. It is named in honor of a merchant of Ferrara Stephen Fabri, who lived in Bari in the seventeenth century. Lively and vibrant, the Piazza square is always bustling with people.
The Margherita Theater is one of the historic theaters of the city of Bari , reopened in December 2018 after a long restoration and converted into a museum of contemporary art . The Teatro Margherita was used as a theatre and cinema until 1979. It is used as a museum now.
The Basilica of St. Nicholas was built in the late 11th century to shelter and venerate the relics of St. Nicholas that reached Bari on May 9th, 1087 from the homonymous church in Myra, Lycia. The classical Romanesque-style basilica is located within the ancient fortified citadel, once occupied by the Catapan Court. It was originally constructed to house the relics of St Nicholas, which were stolen from Turkey in 1087 by local fishing folk. Today, it is an important place of pilgrimage for both
The Bari Cathedral is a religious building of Bari in the region of Apulia in Italy. Although less known than the Basilica of San-Nicola is the seat of the archbishopric of Bari-Bitonto. It is dedicated to Sabin Canosa, a bishop of the vi th century whose relics were made to the ix th century . The current building was built between the xii th and xiii th centuries, on the site of the ruins of the imperial Byzantine cathedral destroyed in 1156 by William I st of Sicily.
The Norman-Swabian castle of Bari, a symbolic building of the city of Bari, is an imposing fortress that stands on the edge of the old city. Since December 2014, the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities has been managing it through the Puglia museum complex, which in December 2019 became the Regional Museum Directorate. The castle is surrounded by a moat on all sides, except the northern section, which was bordering the sea and can be accessed from the bridge and the gate on the southe
The Petruzzelli theater is the largest theater in Bari and the fourth largest in Italy , located in the heart of the Apulian capital. It is the most prestigious cultural building in Bari and Puglia. The building's Umbertino style, a typical Italian style of the late 19th century, fits harmoniously with the rest of the Murat district, the newer part of town. The Fondazione Lirico Sinfonica Petruzzelli oversees the rich artistic program of the theatre, which can seat up to 1,500 spectators.
The Metropolitan Art Gallery of Bari "Corrado Giaquinto" is an important Italian art museum. It was established on 12 July 1928 and initially housed in the local Government Palace. The Pinacoteca is named after the eighteenth-century Apulian painter Corrado Giaquinto. It offers the visitor a wide and articulated panorama of the Apulian artistic culture or in a direct or indirect relationship with Puglia.