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The city

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Some of the oldest archaeological evidence indicates that the broader region of Bari was first settled in the Bronze Age, around 2000 BC…


Bari has a Mediterranean climate


Bari has its own airport, Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, which is located 8 km (5.0 mi) northwest of the centre of Bari. It is connected to the centre by train services from Bari Aeroporto railway station

Touristic informations

The ancient and popular heart of the city, Bari Vecchia, is the ideal starting point to the discovery of the city’s most authentic characteristics: among the alleys of this district history and the daily life of the inhabitants are interconnected. Here you will find the three main monuments of the city: the San Nicola Basilica, the San Sabino Cathedral, the Norman-Swabian Castle, as well as many other palaces and churches of extraordinary architectural value. But this is also the place where traditions and flavours express their most genuine spirit. It will not be difficult, for example, to see women busy preparing the famous local pasta, orecchiette. In the evening, Bari Vecchia becomes the lively centre of the city nightlife.

Bari has a long tradition of trade and for this reason it was known as the “gateway to the East”. Symbol of this is the San Nicola Basilica: a place of worship recognized by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians. It is one of the few churches in Italy where one can attend religious services of both faiths. The basilica, in Apulian Romanesque style, was built before the end of 1200 to house the relics of San Nicola which, according to tradition, were stolen by devout sailors in the city of Myra (currently in Turkey) and then brought to Bari in 1087. Also of extraordinary architectural value is the San Sabino Cathedral, in Apulian Romanesque style, characterized by a majestic rose window. The majestic Norman Swabian Castle overlooks the historical downtown of Bari. Commissioned by Frederick II in the thirteenth century and subjected over the centuries to expansion and renovations, it is now home to interesting shows and exhibitions.


If Paris was on the sea, it would look like a small Bari

The people of Bari love to repeat this phrase: “If
Paris was on the sea, it would look like a small
Bari”. Obviously, this is an exaggeration, but it
tells us a lot about the pride (and sense of
humour) in this area. This is a city with a deep
sense of history and art, with rich cultural roots
and a modern business outlook.


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