Trani is a small town approximately one hour’s drive from Bari in Apulia. It is washed over by Adriatic sea waters. It is worth going there for at least a day – to spend the morning at the white pebble beach and to have an afternoon for sightseeing and slow walks around the old town.
This town is loved by the people of Apulia, especially those who live in Andria or other nearby cities with no direct access to the sea – in high season a large part of beach inhabitants are locals! And if you are staying in Bari or Barletta, you might consider a one- or two-day getaway – to the calm and quiet town of Trani.
Things to see
Main sights are located on the seaside. One of the key landmarks is the Cathedral of Trani – tall, white and elegant, it was built in the 11th century, during the government of the Normans. The Cathedral is included in the list of UNESCO cultural heritage – it is a magnificent example of the Roman architectural style. The cathedral is dedicated to the patron of the town – Saint Nicholas the Pilgrim. The Cathedral is incredibly popular for weddings – if you are in town in summer, you are likely to see a wedding every evening. Catch the right time, before the ceremony starts, so you can see the inside!
The other Norman architectural highlight is the castle right by the water – it was built later, in the 13th century by Friedrich (Federico) II. The emperor used to stay at this castle himself.
The harbor of Trani is peaceful and romantic – take a walk along the water, watching fishermens’ boats coming and going. There are enough gelaterias in the harbor, as well as shops and cafes, for you to enjoy your time in the old town to the fullest.
What to see around
Geographically, Trani belongs to the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani. Thanks to its fortunate location, it is easy to include it on your travel itinerary if you are exploring north of Apulia. Trani is about an hour away from the city of Andria, where you can visit the famous Castel del Monte. The national park of Murgia is also quite close – a couple of hours’ drive away. Driving is probably the most convenient way of traveling in the area; however, buses and trains in Apulia are quite an easy solution, especially if you are staying in one of the big cities (Bari, Barletta or Andria).