Bari is the capital in the southern region Apulia.
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Perhaps a southern Italian port city does not sound appealing to you, but we can assure you that Bari is.
The city is quite an exciting place to visit, with plenty of history to discover – both in and around the city.
Bari is located in Puglia
Holiday in Bari
It is always possible to find a shuttle bus heading from the airport and into Bari. The AMTAB buses are popular with locals, as they are the cheapest, and you can find them by looking at the buses with the number 16. These buses head towards Piazza Aldo Moro, inside the city center. The journey takes between 40 and 60 minutes and only costs 0.80 cents, but you must use the tickets within 75 minutes of purchase.
If you wish a faster route into the city center, consider the Tempesta Shuttle Bus. These buses also take you into Piazza Aldo Moro, and reaches this in just 20-30 minutes. On the other hand a ticket for this ride is 4.15 euro.
There are ticket offices run by AMTAB where you can buy your tickets, while you can buy your ticket at the Tempesta buses directly from the driver.
The taxi ride from the airport and into Bari takes about 25 minutes and costs about 20 euros. There are many pirate taxis in Bari, so keep to the ones that say Taxi Apulia, Radiotaxi or EuroTaxi.
Also make sure the meter works before you get in. If it doesn’t, you should negotiate a price with the driver before heading into Bari.
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Bari consists of two distinct areas, Citta Vecchia, the old town with dense medieval streets, and then Citta Nuova, the new town with straight and angled streets.
Bari is located in the central part of Puglia, making it an attractive base for exploring Puglia.
But the lively city has plenty to offer tourists as well in its own right. And once you’ve turned onto the Italian heel, there’s nothing better to do than explore the capital.
You can see the statue of the city’s saint, San Nicola for an example, or perhaps take a stroll through the Centro Storico, the old center with the Cattedrale di San Sabino, the city’s duomo, where you can experience the fantastic atmosphere that usually occurs during the evening hours.
Winding streets and narrow passages. This characterizes the historic center of the city, which has provided many historic buildings and ancient churches. In short, this is an area that is a beautiful example of architecture from the Middle Ages.
Yes, no doubt about it! The narrow streets have been home to many petty criminals, but a major effort by the city authorities to attract even more tourism has driven the criminals away. The place is attractive now, with many small bars and cafés open around the clock.
“On a Summer’s Day”, is a song by the danish group Gasolin, but this refers to a day in August when I was sightseeing in Bari for the first time in more than 10 years. The weather was of course at its best, and I think the temperature reached above 30-35 degrees celsius.
Of course we sought out the old town which is a historic place to visit, offering more than 30 different churches and stunning architecture, such as the Basilica di San Nicola. Centro Storico is a maze of small and winding streets, and let me tell you, you will find an amazing atmosphere down here on the heel of Puglia’s charming capital.
We actually lived in Naples when visiting Bari on this trip. I have visited Bari before, but it was so many years ago that I was due for another visit. The drive takes right around 3 hours, but is so worth it. For once we got seated on Osteria Le Arpie, we were in heaven.
You will find this place at Arce del Carmine, situated deep in the city center where the local produce is sourced directly from the many markets you’ll find in Bari. The food is properly taken care of here, and the customer service is top notch as always, with the man himself, Vincenzo Vigilante in charge of that part. And he does it well.
If only I could remember the name of what I ordered. But at least you can see it in the picture. It was good and tasted amazing.
You can find the restaurant at Vico Arco del Carmine 2, and we highly recommend visiting it when you visit Bari.