Bari Cruises

The 'Sassi' in Matera 
Caves of Castellana and Polignano a Mare

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The Italian port city of Bari, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, lies on the coast of the archaeologically-rich Apulia region.

This ancient town offers a remarkable mix of old and new, with historical churches, castles and piazzas positioned near modern galleries, shops, and museums. Further afield, discover an abundance of natural wonders including UNESCO World Heritage site caves. With its breathtaking beaches and world-class restaurants, Bari is a memorable seaside destination. 

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including: 

· The 'Sassi' in Matera 

· Alberobello

· Caves of Castellana and Polignano a Mare

Discover the magical canyon city of Matera on an MSC Cruises excursion. This striking location is renowned for its ‘Sassi’ district, a network of caves carved into the mountain. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a number of caves date back to Neolithic times. Matera has an evocative biblical atmosphere attractive to film directors including Pierpaolo Pasolini (The Gospel According to Matthew, 1964) and Mel Gibson (The Passion of the Christ, 2004).

Visit the picturesque town of Alberobello on an MSC Cruises excursion. Here, you’ll discover whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs — known locally as ‘trullo’. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, Alberobello’s iconic dwellings are a wonder to behold. Take in the town’s quaint cobbled streets and attractive plant pots before stopping at St. Antonio, the only trullo church in the world. 

If you’re keen on epic adventures, don't miss a journey to the Caves of Castellana, situated in Italy’s wine and olive region — the Itria Valley. Descend underground into a subterranean realm and see stalactites and stalagmites encrusted with calcite crystals. On this unforgettable MSC Cruises excursion you’ll also visit Polignano a Mare, a town nestled on a craggy ravine overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Stroll the whitewashed streets, take in the views from the hillside terraces, or dip your toes in the turquoise waters of Spiaggia Lama Monachile beach.

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    Port of Bari

    This section contains information on how to reach the port and park.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Nuovo Terminal Crociere porto di Bari
    Corso De Tullio Antonio, 1

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      From the north, take the Bari Nord motorway exit. From the south, take the Bari Sud exit. 
      From either exit, take the Bari bypass (Circonvallazione di Bari) in the direction signposted "Fiera/Porto". Follow the bypass to the end, turning left for "Fiera/Porto" at exit (uscita) 4, which goes to Via Napoli. 
      Take Via Napoli to the intersection with Via Brigata Regina, then turn left into Corso Vittorio Veneto. Follow the coast until you reach the port.

      Parking Information

      BARI - Parking at terminal on your own  
      Address: Terminal crociere porto di Bari ingresso varco della Vittoria
      Tel. +39 339 4820003
      • MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents
      Book your parking with MSC




      Car/Suv 8 € 75
      Mobile Home 8 € 125
      Car 6 € 60
      Car 12 € 100
    • Train

      Get off at Bari Centrale train station.
      The port is just a short taxi journey away (approx. 15 min. depending on traffic).
    • Plane

      Bari Palese Airport   
      The port is a half-hour tax journey from the airport, depending on traffic.

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