Looking out over the Adriatic, Bari is the capital city of the Province of the same name, which has the largest population in the Puglia Region. So, an important and well-connected city, made colourful and fascinating by its bustling port trading with the Orient and its handicraft and artisan traditions linked to the territory’s resources. The fascination of its historic centre, the Città Vecchia, is best absorbed as you stroll through its streets paved in chianche, traditional stone blocks which create a fascinating play of nuances; make for the Basilica of San Nicola, a majestic edifice and place of religious pilgrimages. The city has several lively squares such as Piazza Ferrarese and regular events such as the annual Fiera del Levante, a large Trade Fair which offers a wide array of the best products of southern Italy, and entertainment for all ages until late in the evening, when the waterfront lights up with the city’s shimmering reflection.
Not to be missed in Bari
The Old City
The Basilica of San Nicola
Where to sleep in Bari
If you aim to enjoy and get to know the lively, fast-beating heart of the city, we suggest you choose your accommodation in the historic centre, for example in the Maurattiano quarter, an excellent location for moving around on foot.
When to visit Bari
For pleasant walks to the discovery of Bari, we suggest spring time, when the temperature is warm but not too hot. In the summer, drive out from Bari and explore the coast of Salento, stopping for a refreshing dip at some of the Region’s most beautiful beaches.