B&B Corte Zeuli - A historic house in the old town of Bari

Discover the pleasure of staying in one of the most beautiful and ancient palaces in the town. In our rooms you can relive the fascinating Renaissance era of the past through frescoed ceilings and walls.

The  B&B  location  allows you  to reach  within  a few minutes  a  lot of  the  most  charming  and picturesque places of Bari and to go on an excursion throughout the region.

The hosts Paola and Claudio will welcome you like warmity at home and they will suggest you secret and fascinating places around the old town “Bari vecchia” and the whole region. You will have the opportunity to discover local traditions and delicious products.


Price list

B&b Corte Zeuli has two double bedrooms and a family room with all conforts: Tv, wifi, air conditioning, private bathroom.

Hug room – double room

Angels room – double room

Moses’ room – family room 


Check-in time is from 13:00 am to 09:30 pm. Check-out time is 11.00 am


Single use – from 50 to 60 €

Double use – from 70 to 90 €

Family room – price on request

Children 3 years old free - Children 14 years old 50% discount

Prices are per room, per night, and all rates include breakfast.


Breakfast is served daily from 8.00am – 10.00am


Contact us

Nota: I campi con l'asterisco sono richiesti

B&B Corte Zeuli is in Bari old town, Strada Zeuli n.20

How to get there

By car: By the highway A14 take exit A14 Bari Nord, then keep on road E55 (centre, port, airport) and SS 16 and take exit n. 4 - If you arrive from Lecce-Brindisi take exit n. 15, from Foggia exit n. 4 


By train: From central station take a taxi or bus n. 12 (start Moro’s square – stop Eroi del Mare); however b&b is only a 10 minute walk away.


By plane, from the airport: Choose between underground, bus shuttle to Via Piccinni, taxi or line bus n. 16. From the airport there is the subway, it goes to the central station of  Bari.  From the central station you have to walk Sparano street to the crossing with Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the way takes 10 or 15 minutes. When go out  to the station calls the home number (0039) 0805217646 or my cell phone 32026 92133. I will pick you to Sparano road to the intersection with Corso Vittorio Emanuele. If you take taxi please call by the taxidrives and I tell him where I will pick you. Best regards Paola Bozzani.


By boat: We are at five minute walk from the port, if you want you can take a taxi. 

RADIOTAXI  Tel. 080/5543333 


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Paola and Claudio 

Together decided to open our home with a host project, to receive and lead visitors to the history and culture of the city and the people of Bari. We will help you to discover the architecture, the history, the local traditions and the gastronomy of the place with enthusiasm and warmth.


Paola Bozzani obtained a degree in philosophy, specializing in Paleografy and History Art and she is a State Archivist.


Claudio Asaro, who has always loved photography, cultivates his interest for human relations and for the city where he lives.


Paola’s breakfast

Apple pie

Ingredients: 200 grams of wheat flour, 150 grams of sugar, 100 grams of olive oil, two eggs, juice ad one lemon, half a bag of yeast, three apples, a banana. 

Preparation: Wisk eggs whites and reds with sugar, add olive oil, the apple and the lemon juice, add the flour and yeast, pour the mixture into a greased and floured baking pan, slice the apples just cleaned into four parts slices, make three cuts with a knife. In a radial pattern around fill the pan and the center with banana pieces or other fruits the empty holes, bake at 180 degrees by preheating the oven 


Almond cake/hazelnuts

Ingredients: 200 grams of wheat flour, 150 grams of sugar, 130 grams of olive oil, 160 grams of almonds or shelled and grounded hazelnuts, 4 eggs, 1 tablespoon of yeast. 

Preparation: Wisk the whole eggs whit sugar for ten minutes with an electric mixer and add wheat flour and olive oil; finally add the yeast and mix almonds and grounded hazelnuts with a spoon. Finally pour it into a buttered baking tray and bake at 180 degrees for 45 or 50 minutes. 

Palazzo Zeuli, history

The building was built in 1598, when the city of Bari filled the first land registry in which assets owned by families, called fires, were evaluated in ounces.

As Vincenzo Massilla claims, the owner of the palace, the Fanelli family, moved from Toulose to the kingdom of Naples under the reign Alfonso I of Aragon and then stopped permanently in Bari

during the duchy of Isabella of Aragon /1501-1524). XVIth century, as Massila argues, they were believed to enjoy the trust and the favors of Queen Isabella. Probably, like other noble families who arrived to be among Isabella and her daughter Bona Sforza is suite, the Fanelli received  the lands where they built their own house. The new building medieval houses reusing some materials; a lancet window overlooking the street of a typical medieval  stair ancient origin of the building.

In 1598 Francesco Fanelli lived in the palace. He was 63 years old and he had two children Sabella 12 years old and Giovanbattista who was 10. They lived together with servants. The Land Registry also testifies the presence in the palace of the Roman Giacomo Galli painter, who was Giovanni Antonio’s   brother.   He   worked   in   the   studio   of   Caravaggio;   the   two   brothers   were   known   as Spadarini,  because their   father   was  a  swords   producer.  Giacomo specialized in   decorating   the wooden ceilings; probably Fanelli commissioned him the decoration of the ceilings and the frescoes

that, from a pictorial point of view, seem to date back to the Renaissance period.

At the end of 18th  century, the building was bought, along other six adjoining palaces by Zeuli family from Faenza and later moved to Naples in “extrasedile nobility”. The Zeuli entrusted the engineer Polignano Giuseppe Jimma with the restoration of the buildings just built. He was the author of the building project and the following parceling out of the new town of Bari; later he was called “father of murattiano”.

History of Bari

The growth of the historical center is closely linked with the development of the ecclesiastic buildings, which were often the heart of these urban centers: Bari was a bipolar city from the time of Greek-Byzantine domination, and contrasted with the urban power signaled by the cittadella catapanale (city of the Byzantine captain) home of the Basilica di S.Nicola. In the late Middle Ages the Cattedrale di Bari dominated the city, not only because of its size and the presence of the 'larghi' major piazzas (Piazza Odegitria, Piazza S. Sabino, Piazza Bisanzio and Rainaldo) around it, but the also because of the network of streets around, filled with other sacred buildings, some of which, are now only recorded in ancient documents. Continuing along the main road called the 'strada delle crociate' (street of the crusades) you will the encounter the Chiesa di S. Marco, spiritual home to a flourishing colony of Venetian residents in Bari during the Middle Ages and as you continue along you will reach the second important part of the city, indicated by the cittadella nicolaiana. The third 'area' of the city is the 'penisoletta', along the sea, with its large monastic complexes whose buildings follow the curve of the island. The layout of the 'cittadella Conventuale', is visible in the ancient buildings and thought-provoking ruins, especially the Chiesa di S. Scolastica. This complex leads to the most modern district of the historical center, based on a 17th century design, where the network of the straightest streets bear signs of the great changes that took place. The new urban 'feudalità ' created its residential palaces through a series of slow changes in the way buildings were constructed and the materials that were used, the 'ruga Francigena' (now Via palazzo di Città) and the Piazza Maggiore became some of the most important 'spaces' in the city. The development of the network of streets in 1602, the construction of new palaces, allowed the formation of a fourth urban area. The gradual addition of new religious orders allowed by the Counter Reformation and the modifications of pre-existing areas of worship, produced a dominant building, characterized by impressive baroque buildings of Chiesa di S. Chiara and with its beautiful interior, such as those in Chiesa di S. Gaetano. Each era has left its imprint on the city, which can be seen in the buildings and monuments, memories of the past, which have survived. The Byzantines left the deepest impression on the city; they were in Bari at various times between the 7th and 12th centuries. 

Byzantium knew how to make the people feel secure, due to its detailed organization of the State, administration etc, it also facilitated economic and social growth as well as maritime traffic, essential for the prosperity of Puglia, keeping the trade between the East and West alive in all parts of social, economic and religious life. The Byzantines were supplanted in 1053 by the Normans under Roberto il Guiscardo. Then came domination by the house of Svevi, who had an impact not only in Bari but on the whole of Puglia, creating many castles and cathedrals in a style defined as Romanesque-Apulian (see Castello Svevo). The Angioini followed the Svevi, and then came the bad government of the Spanish with the Aragonese, this period was defined by a harsh increase in taxes and by the spread of malaria. In 1707, the Aragonese were defeated by the Austrians and Bari saw a period of recovery, characterized by a flourishing commercial market through the sea and 

trade over the water. Then came the Bourbons, and the city continued to recover; during the 17th century links with Naples were very strong, there are documents and manufactured goods 'manufatti' which record this period. In 1860, the city was unified with the rest of the kingdom of Italy. At the end of the 19th century the urban configuration changed notably: at the same time as the industrial development and the increase of the population, the urban center also developed stretching far beyond what is today known as the center, exceeding the limits signaled by the 'extramurale' street (the street that went beyond what were once the city walls).

B&B Corte Zeuli Паолы Боццани


Strada Zeuli n.20 - 70122 Бари - BA - Италия

электронная почта: palazzozeuli@yahoo.it - тел. +39.0805217646 - мобильный +39.3487941944