Despite the loss of seven municipalities following the creation of the new Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, with its 1,251,107 inhabitants, the Province of Bari holds the record of most populous province of Puglia.
Located in Terra di Bari, the province is characterized by the Murge hills, which reach and often exceeding 600 meters. There are few rivers and no lakes. The water is concentrated in the underground and gave rise over time to many caves, like the famous Grotte di Castellana, very frequented by tourists who choose to visit Bari for their holidays.
The city of Bari is a tourist destination as well as pilgrimages to the Basilica of San Nicola, the patron saint of the city. The popular trulli are certainly very appreciated. They are ancient dry stone buildings mainly located in the southern part of the province. Very popular are those of Alberobello, a charming town about 20 miles from Monopoli.
The best things to see in Bari
Besides tourism, which is developing in recent years, the resources of the Province of Bari are always coming from trade with the lands of the East, from farming and agriculture.
Located about 40 km from Bari, Castellana caves were known since antiquity, although the ancients knew and use only the first part, called the Grave, and gives the cave legends associated with magic and demons. The complete tour of the cave, which extends about 3 km, lasting more than two hours, but you can make a small tour, lasting about 50 minutes.
Basilica of St. Nicholas (Bari)
Dedicated to the patron saint protector of the city, the Basilica of St. Nicholas is a famous example of Romanesque Apulian architecture. Its construction began under the Normans in 1807 to house the relics of the saint (still preserved in the Basilica) who arrived in Bari, but only ended in 1197. The Basilica is a popular place of pilgrimage, which testify the affection toward the Saint, remembered for his generosity towards the poor and needy.
Alberobello is well known and appreciated for the characteristic trulli, ancient dry stone conical buildings, with a central plan. Most are located in the typical quarters of Monti and Aia Piccola, where they are used as houses, bars and shops, but the trulli are extended to all areas of the Murgia hills. They have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996.