Bari is the capital of the province of the Puglia region in Italy. It’s the second largest city in Italy, where you’ll be able to explore the charms of the rustic old town; discover all the areas of interest the city has to offer; and have the opportunity to relax and sunbathe on the fantastic beach.
Located roughly 250km away from the amazing city of Naples, Bari has a lot to offer those with an interest in history or who want to soak up the rich Italian culture. In the north of the city you discover the closely knit historical buildings of the old town, home to impressive castles, churches and cathedrals.
In the south of the city you’ll discover the famous promenade and the ancient wall running alongside it which once surrounded the entire city.
The warm weather tends to start end of May to mid-June with temperatures soaring in July and August hitting temperatures of about 30˚C before slowly cooling off over the month of September.
Bari is a big city and get quite busy, but the pace of life is slightly slower than in Rome and Milan. There are also a whole host of attractions in the region, so driving on motorways could become necessary if you’re sightseeing.
Central Bari is modern metropolis which is a great place to go shopping for those who like to indulge in a little retail therapy.
For those wanting to hit the beach, Pane e Pomodoro is a ten minute drive from the centre of Bari and is one of the more popular places to swim in the sea.
Visit the Basilica di San Nicola, founded in 1087 where thousands of pilgrims come to worship every year. Built to house the relics of St Nicholas, this Norman church is an impressive building of Puglian-Romanesque style.
If you’re visiting Bari around the early May, then make sure you join in with The Festival of St Nicholas, which is Bari’s biggest event of the year. You’ll see a fleet of boats pull into port; large precessions and parades through the street; and an impressive fireworks display on the final evening of the festival.
The sun can be very intense during the summer months, so take care to protect yourself particularly if you’re out during the midday sun.
While crime is generally low in the city, petty crimes take place so it is advisable to keep your money and valuables safe as pickpockets are in operation. Watch out for bag snatchers on scooters.
Be aware of offers for assistance with flat tyres, particularly on routes between Naples and Salerno, where tyres are often punctured deliberately.
Bari Airport is located approximately 5 miles northwest of the city centre of Bari and can be reached by car via the Bari ring road and A14 motorway.