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Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in Italy. It is the second most important economic center of mainland Southern Italy after Naples, a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas.

Bari is made up of four different urban sections. To the north is the closely built old town on the peninsula between two modern harbors, with the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino (1035–1171) and the Hohenstaufen Castle built for Frederick II, which is now also a major nightlife district. To the south is the Murat quarter (erected by Joachim Murat), the modern heart of the city, which is laid out on a rectangular grid-plan with a promenade on the sea and the major shopping district (the via Sparano and via Argiro).

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Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in Italy. It is the second most important economic center of mainland Southern Italy after Naples, a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas.

Bari is made up of four different urban sections. To the north is the closely built old town on the peninsula between two modern harbors, with the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino (1035–1171) and the Hohenstaufen Castle built for Frederick II, which is now also a major nightlife district. To the south is the Murat quarter (erected by Joachim Murat), the modern heart of the city, which is laid out on a rectangular grid-plan with a promenade on the sea and the major shopping district (the via Sparano and via Argiro).

Modern residential zones surrounding the center of Bari were built during the 1960s and 1970s replacing the old suburbs that had developed along roads splaying outwards from gates in the city walls. In addition, the outer suburbs developed rapidly during the 1990s. The city has a redeveloped airport named after Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła Airport, with connections to several European cities.

Bari is the largest and most important city of Apulia and stands on the Adriatic coast. It's mostly famous for being one of the exit doors of Italy, where travelers leave on ferries for neighboring countries. The city authorities, however, have been trying to raise its tourism profile and awareness of Bari's old town, which has retained its ancient Medieval plan and contains many historic buildings and sites. The old town was the heart of pre-Roman and Roman Bari and it is now possible to find several hip bars and restaurants open "from dusk till dawn" in this once dark and unsafe zone.

Climate

Bari has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csa) with mild winters and hot, dry summers.

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Bari, Italy: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at the modern cruise terminal within a 20-minute walk from the Old Town. Shuttles and taxis are available.

Get around Bari, Italy


There are many public buses. Furthermore, taxis are available all around the city.

What to see in Bari, Italy


The ancient part of the city, called Bari Vecchia by locals, literally Old Bari, is a beautiful medieval neighborhood you should not miss. Take a stroll and get lost in the maze of Bari Vecchia and try not to miss the Romanic Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its gold ceiling, its crypt and the magnificent cathedral of Bishop Elias. In the same square, also the Palazzo del Catapano and the Church of Saint Gregory are worth a visit. Even older (but later refurbished in Baroque style) and equally interesting is the Romanic Cathedral of Saint Sabino. Take a walk along the waterfront, on the top of the old city walls and pass by the Fortino of Saint Antony; an old fort recently turned into a modern art gallery and the former Monastery of Saint Scolastica (currently part of the University). The vast majority of the churches in Bari Vecchia are unfortunately closed to tourists. They are open on selected festivities, including Good Friday and the Solemnity of All Saints.

A small town 20 minutes out of Bari named Adelfia is worth a visit on patron's day. The patron saint of one of its quarters, Montrone, is Saint Trifone. Nov 9 is the start of a three-day celebration. In the early evening of Nov 9, a beautiful giant balloon is released which signifies the start of the festival. On the 10th, the statue of San Trifone is brought out of the church and paraded around the town. Bands from all over Italy come and perform on the outdoor stage. Fireworks are displayed throughout the evening to the early morning. The different men's club competes on which club can have the biggest, loudest and spectacular display. Vendors surround the town with goods, food, and gifts.

What to do in Bari, Italy


The Saint of the city is Saint Nicholas and is celebrated by the Catholic Church on December 6. In Bari, several masses gather early in the morning (as early as 4 am) on December 6. A huge crowd and lots of fast food stands fill the old town through the night. However, the city's main celebration of Saint Nicholas takes place from May 6 to May 8 with historical reconstructions, popular music, and a two-day fireworks contest. Pilgrims come from all over the world.

What to eat and drink in Bari, Italy


  • Vini e Cucina, Via Roberto il Guiscardo, Bari: an old and very informal restaurant in the old town. Traditional, non-posh cuisine. 
  • Due Archi. : cheap and simple. Conceptionally very similar to Vini e Cucina.  
  • Le Travi. : Same as Due Archi.  
  • Steak House, via palo 75 Bitetto, ☎ 0809924502. American Steak house 12 km from the city of Bari.  

Most restaurants and bars are located in the eastern part of central Bari, around the intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Corso Cavour.

Shopping in Bari, Italy


Pottery, bags, shoes, interesting (and underpriced) red wines, orecchiette hand made pasta (buy from Bari Vecchia), Taralli, FOCACCIA.

  • Cartoleria Favia, Piazza Umberto I n2, ☏ +39 0805235941. Fashion stationery (Mont Blanc, Parker, Aurora), bags, train/aero/car models.

Shopping streets

  • Via Sparano da Bari. Here you'll find Louis Vuitton, Benetton, Promod, and the like.
  • Via Argiro

Safety in Bari, Italy


Bari Vecchia is a beautiful neighborhood but because of the narrow, crowded streets and the presence of tourists, it is the preferred place for local pickpocketers.

Language spoken in Bari, Italy


Italian is the official language. English is understood in tourist places.

LOCAL TIME

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October 19, 2019
Europe/Rome

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