The quintessential city of Bari is the capital of the Italian Province of Bari in the Apulia Region along the Adriatic Sea. In southern Italy, it is second only to Naples in economic importance. The fact that it is a port and university city belies the rich culture that a tourist will find in the city.
The city of Bari is the capital of the Italian province of Bari in Apulia region along with Southern Italy. It is known as the California of Italy. It is the fifth-largest province and has a population of around three hundred thousand as of 2013. Spread over 5000 sq. kilometres, it connects to Naples by roadways. It is said to be the California of Italy is because it has amazing growth and leadership compared to other areas.
Places to visit in Bari
The ancient district is the place to visit if you are into historical structures and San Giacomo is a church which is a must-see in your bucket list.
Step back in time and wander through one of Italy’s most atmospheric old towns – Bari Vecchia. Sitting on a peninsula overlooking the old harbour, this walled part of the city is a labyrinth of twisting alleys, cobbled streets and small piazzas, begging to be explored. Within the thick stone walls, you’ll find are 40 churches, a cathedral and the Basilica St Nicholas, built specifically to house the bones of Santa, stolen from Myra in Turkey by Barese sailors.
The beaches in Bari start along the Longomare and keep ongoing. The south coast is dotted with countless coves and bays, each boasting gorgeous beaches, atmospheric seaside towns and dazzling blue waters. Many regard it as the most beautiful coastline in Italy and chances are you’ll find it hard to disagree.
There is much more to be explored in Bari than what we mention here!
Bari's cuisine and gastronomy are based on three major ingredients that are found in the Puglia Region including; wheat, olive oil and wine. Of course, the dishes are enriched with meats, garlic and a variety of vegetables such as minestrone, chickpeas, broad beans, chicory, celery and fennel. Make sure you sample dishes such as orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta), recchietelle or strascinate, chiancarelle and cavatelli.
Bari will offer you creative dishes made up of veggies such as Turnip top with Cavatelli. You will find Red and Yellow pepper stuffed with meat and rice and baked in an oven. Local farmhouses provide such dishes which ooze authentic Italian charm. The ingredients which are used by locals to create various dishes are bass, clams, sea bream, mussels, oysters, cuttlefish, lobster, anchovies, and prawns and so on.
Be it the beaches, port, culture or food, Bari has something for everyone. Talk to locals to learn about the history in the form of their stories. The buildings and cuisines will tell you about the foundation of the province and how it thrived.
Source(s): uniglobephillipstravel, wanderlust, lifeinitaly