Beautiful Unesco Town Not touristic at all.
Reputation for high crime, rough around the edges, rough inside, too
The thrill of Bari will always be the lure of other ports across the water, but there are more subtle attractions.
...Bari has some crackers. The Old City was pretty much obliterated in 1156 by William the first of Sicily but amongst the first major reconstruction projects were its churches. The two main ones are the Basilica of San Nicola and the Cathedral of San Sabino and there are a host of smaller ones. Each church has its own characteristics and even...more
Alberobello is a small town about 50 km from Bari. It is famous for its unique trulli constructions. The Trulli of Alberobello are part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites list since 1996.The Italian term il trullo refers to a house whose internal space is covered by a dry stone. It may have a symbol painted on it. Such symbols may include Christian...more
The Basilica of San Nicola is the symbol of Bari and,together with its square,the heart of the Old Town,Bari Vecchia.Consacrated in 1197,this is the first and greatest example of the Apulian Romanesque,with its imposing facade in white calcareous stone flanked by 2 cut towers.It was built in the 11th century in the old area of the Byzantine Court...more
The Petruzzelli theatre is one of the most famous symbols of Bari.It was built between 1898 and 1903,in reply to Bari's cultural needs and ambitions,after a competition advertised by the Municipal Administration that decided to grant the public property for the private construction of a great theatre.The winning project was presented by the...more
Inaugurated by the king of Naples Gioacchino Murat who laid its foundation stone at the beginning of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II in 1813,the Murat Quartier or Borgo Murattiano (the commercial and economical center of Bari) is characterized by rationality,with its long and orthogonal streets,where it's very difficult to get lost.During the XX...more
Bari has a pleasant Lungomare, taking in a marina, tree-shaded spots to sit and watch the world go by and some lovely buildings to admire. This is a great place to watch the cruise ships and ferries go past as they leave the port and turn towards Greece, Croatia or elsewhere. At all times of the day or night you'll be able to see one of the larger...more
This hotel is one of the finest I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The rooms are spacious and...more
An excellent quality hotel with good service, facilities and amenities. Very helpful hotel staff.more
The hotel is classic: rooms are old and definetely need some improvement, but the hotel has its...more
On the airport bus into Bari several passengers remarked on this place. It was the first inviting-looking restaurant we'd seen in the new town - lively, busy and colourful. And conveniently only a minute or two from our hotel (the Boston) we ended up eating there on the first night.The menu is 50-50 pizzas and pasta dishes, with all the usual...more
§ I've decided to write a short guide to some of those who are,in my opinion naturally,the best restaurants and pizzerie of Bari,and that I would advice to a friend.It's difficult because in Bari there are a lot of pizzerie and restaurants (many of which good) and I've not tried them all,but however I want to write some indications about.This is...more
Don't take my word for it - Terranima features in several good food guides, was recommended by local friends and also has links to the Slow Food movement.The restaurant is guided by a couple of key concepts. The first is the food itself - local or locally-inspired ingredients and dishes. The second is the rotating menus: Terranima has 26 different...more
I found al lot of international people here, Erasmus an also airplane pilot of Ryanair .They was about 300, every friday there is the erasmus party.When I was in the disco pub, I was surpriced... may be, it is the only place in South Italy with this special style :) Free stylemore
In Puglia, as in the rest of Italy there are a lot of milongas.Many of the them are not stable milongas, but clubs where is possible to dance one/two days a week.The places may changes from one month to another.We have milongas in Bari, Lecce, Taranto, and in many others little towns.A good link for infos may...more
There's an Irish pub, but when you peer in the door you inevitably see one depressed looking guy slumped at the bar going deaf from too loud bad music. For a nice big cold beer in the open air, the only game in town is the snack bar in the main park, where you'll share your evening with raucous teenagers,assorted Albanians, and West African...more
The ferry/cruise port is just outside the Old City and is about 20 to 25 minutes walk from the main train station. There are regular bus services between the two, on average two an hour - service #20 and the bus stop is just outside the port entrance. Enter the number 20 in the Codice Linea box on the website below, click on "Cerca" and scroll down...more
The International Airport of Bari-Palese "Karol Wojtyla" is connected with the city centre (Central Station-Piazza Aldo Moro) by the Amtab bus n°16 in 35/40 minutes(price: 0,80 euro) or directly by the Tempesta bus in 25 minutes(price: 4,13 euro - Timetables in the internet site below ).It's also available the usual Taxi service.There are also many...more
I was only in Bari to catch the ferry to Dubrovnik and had been told I could walk to the ferry station. I had plenty of time so off I set from the train station. It was just that bit too long for me - especially dragging my suitcase. And I think it was too much for my suitcase because just as I dragged it onto the ferry much, much later, the handle...more
I found a little shop in Bari, that you can't miss in this city.It's older Coffee Roaster, and you can try them coffee's blends, they'll grind for you fresh, for moka, espresso, or like you want.They sell good wines, extra vergine oil, tea, spices, liquors, and more typical products from Bari and Puglia / Apulia.Very good prices and quality.It's...more
This long street in Bari's new town is excellent for gift and souvenir-buying as well as just browsing while you wander. There are beautifully-maintained florists with flowers and plants (lots of cacti here, unsurprisingly), shops selling artisanal pasta and cheeses as well as stationers with handmade diaries and knick knack stores. If you need to...more
Bari has two tourist offices, one on Piazza Moro, in front of the railway station, and the other in the city at Via Giuseppe Sangiorgi. I didn't use either of them, except to check the map at the one at the station, but I assume they do all the helpful stuff you can expect. The city is definitely keen to encourage tourism.more
As with virtually everywhere else in Italy the locals love to stroll the piazzas especially in the summer as the evening cools. Everyone dresses up and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. For people watching find yourself a spot on any of the cafe terraces and enjoy a cold beer whilst doing so.Pic here is from Piazza del Ferrarese (I think).more
Actually i read some comments on certain turistic guides pointing out how the old town of Bari could be dangerous and so on.. Far from being true!! The worst thing that can happen is meeting some local trying to buy you drinks... There are dozens of bars/pubs /pizzeria in the old town and nowadays most of the nightlife starts there, then locals...more
I can give you only an advice: in the Old town,it's useful and sufficient to keep one's eyes open,during the day;during the night,maybe it could be better to stay on the borders next to the Borgo Murattiano,full of life and bar/pizzerie/restaurants,or however not to penetrate too much in not popular areas.In the Borgo Murattiano,there aren't any...more
If you get lured by the old town's beauty at POLGNANO A MARE don't even contemplate the 'bright' idea of renting an apartment there. If you do, you are in for a nasty surprise. The town clock's bell strikes the hour every 15 minutes, even at night. It reaches the apogee at 00:45 - 12+3 strokes (... una cosa pazzesca!!!). And it seems no one will ever dare to change this inhuman 'sacred' tradition.
Situated on the top of a cliff,in a part of the Adriatic coast rich in coves and caves created by the waves,Polignano a Mare is a perfect mix of historical and environmental beauty.Its origins are very old,but it was under the Romans that the ancient Neapolis developed: it became a statio of the ancient Via Traiana,that passed on the old bridge...more
Castel del Monte is protected by the UNESCO as a World Heritage of Humanity.It's a castle built on a hill near Bari in 13th century by the Emperor Federico II di Svevia,maybe as an hunting residence.Unguarded since the XVII century,it was deprived of sculptures and marbles,ransomed by the State in 1876,and then restored.It is characterized by an...more
The"Palazzo della Provincia" of Bari,designed by Luigi Baffa and situated on the Lungomare Nazario Sauro,houses the Pinacoteca Provinciale (Provincial Art Gallery),in which are exposed not only a great collection of Apulian paintings from XI to XX century (among the others,Saverio Altamura,Giuseppe de Nittis and Francesco Netti of the XIX...more
Projected by the famous architect Renzo Piano and built between 1987 and 1990 on the occasion of the FIFA World Cup played in Italy in 1990,the San Nicola Football Stadium is one of the best and modern Italian stadiums and the seat of the house-matches of the football team A.S.Bari.
It's characterized by a modern particular form similar to a spaceship divided in 26 petals,and it can contain more than 58'000 spectators.The Third Place Final Italy-England in 1990 and the UEFA Champions League 1991 Final were played here.
It has been chosen among the 8 stadiums indicated in the Italian candidature for Euro 2016.
**Finally after 8 long years of suffering,the AS Bari, football team of the city, is back in Serie A.
100,000 people have led the team in triumph through the streets of the city, now completely covered in white and red!!**
FORZA BARI !!!!!!!
Equipment: Strict laws and restrictions are now applied in Italy to enter in the stadiums
These are some useful internet sites to plan a visit in Bari or only to know something more about this city and its Province....- Municipality of Bari/Tourism Section (Italian),with maps and infos:http://www.comune.bari.it/portal/page/portal/bari/temiBari/CulturaeTurismo- Province of Bari/Tourism Section (Italian and English),with EVERY infos to...more
So many things have been said on this subject - many negative - that I thought it worth mentioning that I found the area to be very tranquil. Obviously, my perspective might have been different if my camera had been stolen or if I'd been mugged, but then that has happened in other cities and they don't have the ropy reputation Bari has acquired. I...more
If you are plannig your vacations in Apulia you can visit this site:http://www.viaggiareinpuglia.it/ (italian)http://www.viaggiareinpuglia.it/hp/en (english)http://www.viaggiareinpuglia.it/hp/de (german)It's the Apulia's Official Tourism Portal and contain useful informations.more