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 was dissappointing about this site was just hiw very little of it is accessable to the public, which of course you don't kniw until you have paid your entance fee! Also, we keep hearing that the local authorities are looking to capitalise on the UNESCO listing of the old city and want to increase tourism - a few signs in english would certainly broaden the appeal. That isn't a comment just in relation to the castle, but the whole city.
Save your money, the outside with its ramparts, towers & moat are all available for free.
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