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Bari: travel guide

 

Bari is the capital city of Apulia and one of the busiest ports in Southern Italy. It has a long seafaring tradition that is still bustling and strong, especially in the area surrounding the port, which provides a crossroads between Central Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean.

Different populations have lived here over the course of centuries, and each has left a profound mark. From the Greeks to the Romans, the Saracens and the Byzantines, without forgetting the Normans, the Swabians and the Aragonese.

There are a host of things to see in Bari, starting with the historic centre located on a small peninsula adjacent to the port. Within its suggestive labyrinth of alleyways and narrow streets, this area contains Bari's most impressive monuments: the Castle, the Basilica of St. Nicholas and the Cathedral.

The new city, the Murat district, is laid out in a grid pattern surrounded by a beautiful coastline with a wealth of Mediterranean colours, elegant shopping streets and striking 19th-century buildings.
Just outside Bari are a series of seaside resorts, like Polignano a Mare and Monopoli, with sandy beaches alternating with cliffs rising from the crystal turquoise water.

The traditional local cuisine is very rich, with ancient recipes handed down from generation to generation. Highlights of the cuisine are its vegetable dishes, local cheeses, and the full-bodied wines of the region.