Squatting on the Adriatic Sea in the southern part of the country, Bari is the capital city of the Apulia region and is regarded to be the second most important city in the southern part of the country. A contemporary town hosting the majority of the youth crowd and boasts rich history and culture to attract tourists all around the world, the rustic town is seen to contain the bones of St. Nicholas in Basilica di San Nicola.
Having the power to entertain all sorts of travelers from adventure junkies to history lovers and serenity seekers, Bari has the charm to sway them all with the numerous facilities that it provides to its visitors. Roaming around in the city would make you witness some of the most alluring buildings standing tall, the vibrant nightlife is high on life and unites all the fun lovers under a roof to celebrate the victory from their regular schedule. The jaw-dropping archeological museum is the pride that the city has, beautiful architecture and historical material present inside of the building will sway every mind that witnesses its beauty. Situated at the close proximity to some of the most visited places in Italy, Bari is a must visited place for everyone out there.
Bari has started to make it in the itinerary of most of the travelers who are planning to explore the southern part of the country, dive in the culture and taste the fine cuisine that it displays. Once you step your foot inside the city, you can feel fresh veggies growing, the smell of raw olive oil from smoking chicken dangling in the air and when you’re done exploring the food, make sure to save some room for the desserts. Some of the most delicious dishes in the city are orecchiette alle cime di rape e salsiccia, panzarotti, and fresh seafood.
Best Time To Visit Bari
The best time is early spring, summer, and autumn. Usually, the peak seasons are May and June when the city is crawling with visitors from all around the world. You might even be able to witness the huge festival that is arranged during the month of May. However, you have to prepare to spend a bit more than you would’ve spent while visiting during an offseason. It is highly advisable to avoid visiting Bari from November to January, the chances of raining increases significantly and the weather is noted to be cool and bleak which might suck the fun out of your trip.
The Basilica of San Nicola
The gigantic church sits right in the heart of the city and is known for its magnificent design, opulent interior and is a preferred place of pilgrimage for Roman Catholics residing in Europe. Dating back to 1197 when the church was constructed, the basilica was of the main purpose to serve the glory of San Nicola for whom this is dedicated. The front facade is crafted with fantastic details while the interior of the basilica is crafted with golden ceilings and appealing paint works.
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The Church of San Sabino
Situated in a close proximity to the basilica of San Nicola, this church makes yet another striking building in the heart of the town. Although the church is not as renowned as San Nicola’s Basilica, this place is beautiful and breathtaking in its own right. Constructed in 1292, the church is a remarkable example of Romanesque architecture and the alluring baroque design. The front facade is crafted with white stone and has numerous sculptures and ornate windows.
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Built in the 1100s by the famous King Roger II, the castle has been well preserved for more than hundreds of years from now. A perfect blend of rustic architecture with contemporary ideas, the castle has a central courtyard, 4 supreme guard towers and is wrapped amidst the modes on three sides. Bari Castle has been sitting in its place for over a century and yet is as beautiful as it was on day one. If you want to enjoy the panoramic view of the city, make sure to visit the castle.
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Bari old town
There’s nothing like the place from which the city started expanding its reign from. The old town remains in its purest forms, far away from any contemporary manual development, ensuring a travel back in time to its visitors. A day out to this place will make you walk through the cobblestone streets, gaze at the rustic buildings and experience the local culture. There are some quaint cafes tucked in the corner of the street if you want to enjoy a warm cup of coffee far away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
The old town of the city is full of treasures, all it takes is a real explorer to find it, one significant example of one such place is Piazza Mercantile. Situated in the eastern direction, right in the adjacent direction to the harbour, the square gives you a feel of a typical Mediterranean resort. The colourful shops, the decorative fountains and the cafes, every part of this place is worth adoring.
Known to be one of the most famous places in Italy, Alberobello is known to have the largest number of Trulli (Whitewashed huts made up of stones with conical roofs) if you’re a person who enjoys strolling through aesthetic places make sure not to miss out on one of our personal favourites in Italy. An ideal summer day would look like shopping through the tiny shops and dining in the stalls at the streets.
This alluring city lies in the Basilicata region of Italy. While visiting Matera, a visitor can expect a lot of cave dwellings from the mountain side. Although the poor living condition of the city has led to the lack of modernity in the city, there are some of the most significant places that help in regaining the glory of the place such as Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario.
If you’re visiting Bari but missing out on Leece you better have a good reason for it. In the southern region of Apulia lies this small city is renowned for its baroque buildings and cobblestone streets. Cattedrale di Lecce encompasses a bell tower and a double facade, Basilica di Santa Croce is yet another significant place in the city that you simply can not miss.
Polignano a Mare
Squatting on the Adriatic coast in the southern direction, Polignano a Mare is a town enriched with luxury beaches to lavishly spend your holidays. Some of the most famous beaches are Lama Monachile which also goes by the name Cala Porto. The renowned contemporary art museum of Pino Pascali displays a huge collection of photography and painting.
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Grotte di Castellana
If you are an adventure lover, we might have some news that would thrill you and give you an adrenaline pump. A few kilometres away from some of the most charming villages is situated this mysterious cave, which has a shady interior and is known to give an unpleasant feeling to the visitors who witness it. This place is where nature unwinds it’s rare beauty and presents itself in front of the visitors.
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Italy will surprise you with something new and amazing no matter how much you think you know about it, a perfect example of which is Ostuni, a city in the Apulia region which is renowned for its white themed buildings. The cathedrals of the city are designed in baroque architecture and are majorly made up of Romanesque and Byzantine material.
Referred to as the ‘Pearl of Puglia’, alluring Trani is a perfect blend of sophisticated feeling. The place is usually a most visited one in summer time when visitors crave for an array of marina side bars and sipping onto the finest scotch enjoying the view from their yachts. Make sure to visit Trani if you are looking for some quality time far away from the hustle bustle of the city.