Bari, a classic maritime and market city, is the capital of the Apulia region and the second biggest city in the Italian south. The city developed industrially in the second half of the twentieth century and now boasts an important trade fair, the largest in the south.
Tourists visit Bari for its historic buildings, art works and fascinating town centre, as well as for the beaches which surround the area. The capital of Apulia and is an important touristic destination and commercial harbor. Bari lies on a fertile coastal plain facing the Adriatic Sea. It’s mostly famous for being one of the exit doors of Italy, where travellers leave on ferries for neighboring countries. The city authorities, however, have been trying to raise its tourism profile and awareness of Bari’s old town, which has retained its ancient medieval plan and contains many historic buildings and sites.
The old town was the heart of pre-Roman and Roman Bari and it is now possible to find several hip bars and restaurants open “from dusk till dawn” in this once dark and unsafe zone. A tour of the imposing castles and cathedrals that dominate many of the Province’s ancient villages is an opportunity to explore its wonderful natural highlights. Bari, cultural crossroads since ancient times, is an ideal starting point, a city where two souls meet: the old town, surrounded by an imposing wall and crossed with narrow streets that lead to the discovery of its rich heritage; and the modern city, built at the beginning of the 19th Century and having endured several changes over time.
The coastline extends from Molfetta, north of Bari, to Monopoli further south. Along this journey, nature’s charm merges with the picturesque villages and the precious heritage of impressive castles and wonderful cathedrals. Further facts of this can be found in the hinterland, scattered with charming locations. Celebrations and festivals, genuine flavors and tasty wines are at the center of ancient but never-forgotten traditions that the people of this land continue to preserve with love and abidance.