The Normanno Svevo Castle in Bari is one of the main treasures in the capital of Puglia, dating back to 1132. Discover its extensive history with this guided tour.
Normanno Svevo Castle Tour
At the time indicated we'll meet at Piazza Federico II di Svevia, and from here we'll head to the Normanno Svevo Castle main entrance. One of the most impenetrable fortresses in Puglia awaits us!
The castle now serves as the headquarters of Puglia's Directorate for Cultural and Landscape Heritage, but it was previously a stronghold. After being built by the Normans in the 12th Century, it was destroyed and rebuilt by Frederick II in 1240 into one of Puglia's most renowned fortresses due to its strategic position. Its important features include the moat and the main gate.
Once inside we'll learn more about the castle's history and how it came to form part of the Aragon Crown. During this time the fortress became a Renaissance residence, while it belonged to King Ferdinand of Aragon. Later, Isabel of Aragon made it her residence and added other features including the sloping walls, the Swabian Hall and fortified walls.
We'll also visit one of the most interesting parts of the castle, the Gipsoteca (Plaster Cast Gallery), which contains a collection of pieces which display Puglia's architectural development from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.
After an hour inside the castle, we'll finish the tour at the main gates.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.
Tour in English
Over 65 year oldsUS$ 20
Children between 12 and 17 years oldUS$ 20
Children under 12 years oldFree
This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.
English speaking guide.
Entry to Normanno Svevo Castle and its Gipsoteca.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the previous day (10:00 AM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Piazza Federico II di Svevia, 70.