Bari is the capital of Puglia region of Italy with population of about 320 000 inhabitants. This is an important tourist destination and commercial harbor which lies on a fertile coastal plain facing the Adriatic Sea. The city is also the second most important economic center of Southern Italy after Naples.
As the capital of Puglia region, Bari has a rich history and culture. The city is very old with its medieval streets, cathedrals and its famous port. The uniqueness of the area is that it is a blend of incredible medieval history and modern appeal in its restaurants and nightlife.
The large fertile plains of Bari stretch inland from the coast and the main produce are olives, wines and almonds. There are interesting old houses in the region ranging from the ancient fortified farmhouses and the very popular conical houses called ‘trulli’. These characteristic buildings that symbolize Puglia are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The city has a lot to offer such as imposing castles, cathedrals, basilicas and many other buildings of important historical interest. There is also a famous Church of Saint Nicolas which is dedicated to the 4 th century Christian saint who had a reputation for secret gift giving such as putting coins in the shoes of people who left them outside at night. The church has a shrine that houses half of his bones and also offers a beautiful collection of art from the XV century.
The north of Bari is an agricultural area producing an abundance of olive oil and wine and also a home to one of the most famous cathedrals in the region which is noted for its architectural lines.
While in Bari you shouldn’t miss the Grotte di Castellana where amazing stalactites and stalagmites are scattered along galleries and large caves. The slow action of an ancient river created the largest formation shaped by way of carsism in Italy.
Location: Puglia region
Nearby sights: Basilica San Nicola, Trani, Citta Vecchia – Bari
How to get there: Take the AMTAB Bus which is linked to the center of Bari
Nearby hotels: The Nicolaus Hotel, Parco Dei Principi Hotel Congress & Spa, Hi Hotel Bari