Cruises to Bari take guests to the Puglia region in the heel of Italy’s boot. As the ship docks, take in views of the traditional harbor and the shimmering Adriatic. After you disembark, head to the old city, a maze of narrow alleyways lined with fruit stands, theaters and cafes. Getting lost is part of the experience. Must-sees in the old town include Basilica San Nicola, an 11-minute drive or about an hour’s walk from the Bari cruise port. Marvel at its Romanesque façade and its opulent interior that houses the tomb of St. Nicholas (Father Christmas). Nearby, the Cathedral of San Sabino dates to 1035 and features an impressive white stone and marble design. Bari also has a well-maintained Normand castle built in the 1100s and you can stroll through its passages, courtyards and museum exhibits.. Cool off with heavenly gelato in the Piazza Mercantile, an attractive, open-air square with shaded canopies and ornate fountains. The region is known for its food and drink, especially pasta, olives, and wines. Take a food tour, one of the top things to do in Bari. Try pillowy focaccia bread, handmade orecchiette pasta and stuffed peppers washed down with local wine.