If Italy takes the shape of a boot, then Bari is located on top of its heel. This city of over 320,000 people lies in south-east Italy's Apulia, at the Adriatic coast. It is also a major ferry port.
Bari does not have a reputation of being a major tourist destination. Partly that is due to its background as an industrialised port, but another reason is that historically it has been seen as a town with significant levels of (petty) crime, and certain neighbourhoods that were better not traversed by tourists. Development in recent years seems to have changed all of that though, as some of these areas (Bari Vecchia, Old Bari was a prime example) have seen the opening of numerous trendy bars, restaurants and other crowd attracting venues. This seems to have had the effect of smoking out the rats... Just keep an eye out for pickpockets.
With its new bustling atmosphere, the area of Old Bari has become a must-see once again. This medieval neighborhood with narrow winding streets, squares, and churches (such as the wonderful Basilica of Saint Nicholas, but there are several more) is easy to get lost in and great for a casual stroll around. West of Bari Vecchio you find the Castello Svevo, an old palace and fortress that was recently turned into an art gallery. In the old town, the Piazza del Ferrarese is a great spot to go for a drink while watching the crowds move by.
Oh, and once you've seen Bari you might as well hop on to a ferry to Croatia, Montenegro, Albania or Greece. Why not? [Review by travelindicator]
- Bari is a city in Italy's region of Puglia. It has a population of 320,475, is situated at an altitude of 23ft and the best airport to fly into is BRI (Palese, Bari)
- The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR)
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