Overlooking the Adriatico see, Bari is the county seat of Puglia, in the deep South of Italy.

Bari has always been an important centre for the commerce with the Middle East, Eastern Europe and North Africa: for this reason it has been elected “European gateway” by the EU.

In this amazing city takes place the “Fiera del Levante“: in the trade fair centre there are different exhibitions all over the year, with the aim of  connecting the Italian market with Eastern Europe and the whole Mediterranean area.

Let’s see together where to go and what to see in Bari!

Basilica di San Nicola – It is for sure one of the first places to visit.

The church is in the old city and contains the remains of San Nicola, the saint protector of Bari.

The peculiarity of this church is that it is both catholic and orthodox: the celebrations of the orthodox rituals take place in the basement of “Basilica di San Nicola” next to the remains of the saint.

Castello Svevo – This castle is situated between the old city and the sea, built by the Normans in a strategic position to defend the city.

In the XIV century the castle was improved with a surrounding wall and a moat; in the XIX century the “Castello Svevo” was converted in a prison.

Today in some of the rooms there are exhibitions that you can visit.

Lungomare Nazario Sauro – It is one of the most beautiful seafronts in Italy!

Here you can see the fishermen fixing the nets and the boats.

From here you can easily reach the fish market, where you can enjoy the best raw fish ever.

In summer this is the place to go to take part in the local night life!

Pinacoteca Provinciale Corrado Giaquinto – For art’s lovers, this is the right place to go to enjoy some peculiar art of Puglia.

And what about the food?

If you go to the old city you must try the “Sgagliozze“, fried rectangles of cornmeal mush, and the “prosciutto crudo alla barese” (raw ham): raw ham cut in little cubes and dressed with oil, salt and pepper.

The most famous dish is the “Orecchiette e cime di rape” (orecchiette pasta with turnip tops), dressed with oil, anchovies, pepper and pecorino cheese.

Last but not least, you can’t forget to try the “Panzerotto fritto“: a dough filled with mozzarella and a lot of other delicious ingredients.

Bari has his own airport, so reaching this beautiful city is really easy!

Have a look at some lovely pictures on our Pinterest Board.

Think about it and plan your next weekend in Italy!

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