Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean - Presented by your Travel Goddesses: Stephanie Strickland & Laurel IndalecioVenice and the Eastern MediterraneanOctober 21 - 31, 2005
Costa Victoria


 October 25, 2005
On October 24, 2005 we sailed from Venice, Italy aboard the Costa Victoria.  We sailed south in the Adriatic Sea along the coast of Italy.  On October 25, 2005 we arrived in Bari, Italy which is the second largest city in Southern Italy.

View of Bari from the ship

Map showing the location of Bari, Italy in the Adriatic Sea

Map showing the location of Bari, Italy in the Adriatic Sea.


Map showing the coast of the city of Bari, Italy  
Map showing the coast of
the city of Bari, Italy

Comune di Bari
(Coat of Arms of Bari)
  The first part of the tour we took was on a bus.
The following pictures are what we saw from the bus.

The bus dropped us off in the Old Town section of Bari and we walked nearby to the Piazza Mercantile for the start of our walking tour.  Below are photos of the Piazza Mercantile area.
  As we were walking to the Basilica di San Nicola we saw this fortino:
  Click on this image to see an enlarged version of the inscription that was on the building.

While we were on our walking tour, we were escorted by a couple of police officers on bikes.  We are not sure why this was.  They also directed the traffic in front of the buses earlier in the tour.  With the traffic we saw in Bari, this was probably necessary or the cars would have kept cutting off the slower moving buses.
  Basilica di San Nicola

The main feature of the walking tour was the Basilica di San Nicola (Saint Nicolas).
Below are the photos of the church:


Outside of the church is this Russian Orthodox statue of San Nicola.  (There was a bunch of construction behind the statue so I edited it out.)
The statue was installed in 2003.

East facade: 14th century relief showing scenes of Nicholas' life.

West facade

12th century Ciborium


The 17th century ceiling of nave in the church. (by Carlo Rosa)

The church's pipe organ




Painting of the Virgin and Child with Saints
We went downstairs in the church to the crypt area (11th century).

Official website for the Basilica di San Nicola. (It is in Italian.)

Saint Nicholas ::: Bari Images
  After leaving the church we continued toward the Castello Normanno Svevo
Some views along the way
  Castello Normanno Svevo

We only got to see the outside of the castle.



Some more buildings we saw downtown



Websites with information about Bari:

 Mother Earth Travel - Italy - Bari

 Bari | Italy Guide


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