We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Castello Normanno-Svevo

Piazza dei Martiri, Bari, Italy
Improve this listing
Ranked #16 of 55 Attractions in Bari
Type: Ancient Ruins
60 visitor photos
Write a Review

170 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Rijeka, Croatia
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
70 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This castle was begun by Roger II probably in 1132, and destroyed at least twice by the people of Bari, in protest against the tyranny of the Normans. Frederick II rebuilt it almost completely between 1233 and 1240. It is surrounded by a moat, and can be accessed from the bridge and the gate on the southern side. It is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Antwerp, Belgium
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

5€ entrance... I think that is too much for what it is. Inside a lot of historical parts of churches and cathedrals but a bit enoying.... They can make much more of it!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Northern Ireland
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
54 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Worth a visit...range of artefacts....fascinating history...convenient to the Citte Vecchia/Old City, which is well worth a visit

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Very impressive from the outside--massive walls! We knew we had to take a look inside. Very reasonable entry fee and more than I thought to see.

Was this review helpful? Yes
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was only 3 euros to get in. Others described a video which we missed, but we still enjoyed walking around and seeing the statues, etc. which were mostly reproductions but still interesting. It's an impressive structure and it looks like more restoration is in progress.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
34 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The building is very impressive from the outside. We did not visit the displays inside, but had a quick peek inside the walled courtyard - and it's beautiful inside too.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Better than the Palace des Papes in Avignon at a fraction of the cost. Super reproductions of church stone carvings and some interesting grave pits below floor level. The carved stone heads were riveting: you could still see the expression in their eyes.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Adelaide, Australia
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The Castello Svevo di Bari is a very well preserved castle and fort, complete with moat, right on the waterfront between the old city of Bari and the new port area. Built around 1132 it appears to be in amazing condition and is very accessable. Ongoing archiological excavation work shows that it was built on top of ealier settlements. What... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting this Norman-Swabian Castle which is the centerpiece of Bari, Italy. We love history and were intrigued by the tales we read about the castle's history of occupants including the Angevin period and disputed succession. It was interesting to hear how the castle was redesigned to accommodate the ladies' tastes. We found the sculptures to be very... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Dayton, Ohio
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
37 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the palace hotel after a cruise and this was a short walk from the hotel. It made for some nice pictures, as it is a well preserved ruins. From here you can also see two cathedrals which are also close. We did not venture inside.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Castello Normanno-Svevo also viewed

Bari, Province of Bari

Been to Castello Normanno-Svevo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Do you own or manage Castello Normanno-Svevo?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing