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Bari, located in Southern Italy in the region of Apulia, is a city of harbours, universities, and St. Nicholas. It’s the second-largest economic centre in Italy after Naples.

Bari Vecchia – Bari’s Old Town – is beautiful and full of charming little streets, with many lively squares and as many as 40 churches in their midst. For many centuries, Bari was ruled by different powers, and has belonged to Muslims, the Byzantine Empire, and Normans at various times. Their influence can still be seen in the city’s architecture, market culture and local traditions.

The cuisine of Bari is considered to be one the most traditional and precious cuisines in Italy. Its three main staples are wheat, olive oil and wine, as well as local fruit and vegetables.

Orecchiette (italian pasta from Puglia)
Photo taken by Patricia Turo | Wikimedia.  Orecchiette (italian pasta from Puglia)

The Basilica of St. Nicholas was built in 1087, and holds the remains of the titular saint, brought over from Lycia. Since then, the city has been regularly visited by pilgrims, who come here to see the saint’s grave. Bari is often called the home of St. Nicholas and a city that bears his name.

In Italy, Bari is known for its unique dialect, spoken with exceptional regularity in the Old Town. Italian and Greek fishermen created a pidgin that the latter can still comprehend to this day. Tourists are advised to get up early in the morning and visit the fishing district and the fish market. Here you can not only hear the famous pidgin, but also buy some fresh fish and chat with the locals.

Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Bari
Photo taken by Francesco9062 | wikimedia.  Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Bari

Businesspeople, industrialists and agriculture enthusiasts are lured to Bari every year by the Fiera del Levante exhibition, held in the city every September and considered to be one of the largest exhibitions in the Adriatic Sea region. On display here you’ll see various products and services of agriculture and different branches of industry.

Bari at night
Photo taken by N i c o l a | Flickr.  Bari at night

History enthusiasts should definitely visit the Castello Svevo castle, built by Normans way back in 1132. The castle has changed owners a few times over the year; it belonged to the Queen of Poland Bona Sforza for a while, although later it was overtaken by Napoleon and turned into a prison. Now the castle hosts various exhibitions.

The city is serviced by an airport bearing the name of the Pope John Paul II – it’s called the Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport.

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