BariApulia region of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. With a population of 326,000 it's the second largest city in Southern Italy after Naples. It's also the core of a metropolitan area exceeding one million inhabitants and a bustling commercial center and port.
Bari Karol Wojtyła AirportBari's airport is modern and well-organized. Carriers include Alitalia, Lufthansa, Ryanair, and Wizzair. A taxi to the center costs around € 25-30. A direct railway link connects Bari airport to the main station Bari Centrale. There are on average two trains per hour. A single ticket costs € 5. If you are willing to walk 30 minutes to the next stop (Bari Viale Europa), a ticket from there to Bari Centrale costs € 1.10 only.
By trainCheck www.trenitalia.com for time tables and prices. The main staion is Bari Centrale, in Piazza Aldo Moro. The commuter trains station serves points north, the main station long distance trains and local trains going south to Ostuni, Brindisi, and Lecce.
By carYou can get to Bari by
By busYou can use Onbus Company to travel from Sicily to Puglia. Touring buses connect Germany to Puglia.
By boatBari is the destination for ferries incoming from the Greek port of Patra and Igoumenitsa. If you are traveling on a Eurorail during the low season, the cost is €16, during the mid season, €31.
A normal ticket to Igoumenitsa is about €29 on the deck and in low - season.
There are also ships to Bar and Kotor (Montenegro), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and to Durrës and Vlora (Albania). Ferry operators are either Superfast Ferries, Blue Star Ferries or Jadrolinija. An up-to-date site with international ferry schedules is here.
There are many public buses. A ticket costs €1 (€1.50 if bought on board).
Basilica of Saint NicholasThis romanic church with a gold ceiling and a crypt contains many medieval attractions, including the magnificent cathedra of Bishop Elias.
- On the same square, also the Palazzo del Catapano and the Church of Saint Gregory are worth a visit).
Bari Cathedralphone: +39 080 5210605address: Piazza dell'Odegitria, 1A romanic church even older than St. Nicolas', though later refurbished in baroque style, and equally interesting.
- It is highly suggested to take a walk along the waterfront, on the top of the old city walls, which passes by the Fortino of Saint Antony (an old fort that has been turned into a modern art gallery) and the former Monastery of Saint Scolastica (which belong to the local university). The vast majority of the churches in Bari Vecchia are closed to tourists. They are opened up on selected festivities, including Good Friday and the Solemnity of All Saints).
There is a small town - 20 minutes outside of Bari named Adelfia. The patron saint of one of its quarters, Montrone is Saint Trifone. Nov 9 is the start of a three day celebration. On Nov 9 is the early evening a giant beautiful balloon is release which signifies the start of the festival. On the 10th, the statue of San Trifone is brought out of the church and paraded around the town. Bands from all over Italy come and perform on the outdoor stage. Fireworks are displayed throughout the evening into the early morning. The different men's club compete on which club can have the biggest, loudest and spectacular display. Vendors surround the town with goods, food and gifts. Often there are over 200 parked buses from all over southern Italy. It really is a popular celebration.
phone: +39 080 9752 810address: Corso Cavour, 12The largest theatre of the city and the fourth Italian theatre by size. Its season feature high quality productions of prose, opera, ballet and classical music.
phone: +39 0805235941address: Piazza Umberto I n2Fashion stationery (Mont Blanc, Parker, Aurora), bags, train/aero/car models.
Via Sparano da BariHere you'll find Louis Vuitton, Benetton, Promod, and the like.
Most restaurants are located in the eastern part of central Bari, around the intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Corso Cavour.
Vini e Cucinaaddress: Via Roberto il Guiscardo, BariAn old and very informal restaurant in the old town. Traditional, non-posh cuisine. Simple four-course menu for about €15.
Due ArchiCheap and simple. Conceptionally very similar to Vini e Cucina.
Le TraviSame as Due Archi.
BudgetIf you are in Bari and looking for some cheap place to sleep (less than €25/night/person) it can be quite a problem.
phone: +39 338 1744695address: 4 Arco San Pietro, Piazza San Pietro
Bari Belle Camere, and Cosy Roxphone: +39 380 515-1519address: Piazza Luigi di Savoia, 40Cosy Rox are a couple of residences operated for overnight stays and short term rentals. To stay you will need to visit the main hostel at 40 Piazza Luigi di Savoia, from where you will be directed to the place where you will stay. The residence on Via Matteo Renato Imbrianni has private rooms, good atmosphere, clean, modern and warm with shared kitchen and bathroom, and free Wi-Fi . Francesco, the owner is super helpful and a welcoming host and has a dog. Ask if you can help for 3 or 4 hours a day to have a discount or for 6 hours in change of food and accommodation.
Magicaaddress: Via Gioacchino Murat
phone: +39 0809924502address: Via palo 77Professes to have clean, well-maintained large rooms, friendly staff, delicious breakfast offerings, high-speed wireless internet access, in-room refrigerators, air conditioning, satellite TV and video players that are delivered without additional cost.
phone: +39 080 521 6633address: Via Nicolò Piccinni, 155One block from Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, ten minutes to the old town. Rooms are spacious but fairly basic. Generous breakfast. There is a small supermarket across the street. €90 for a double.
phone: +39 080 5053081address: Via Bitritto, 101Spa resort few kilometres from downtown, with wellness center and swimming pools.
phone: +39 080 5255100address: Corso Cavour, 32Four-star accommodation located behind the famous Petruzzelli Theatre, in the city centre, a few blocks away from the sea line; with 75 bedrooms divided into double classic, deluxe and suites, and with large public areas, internet connection, meeting and ballrooms and a panoramic terrace. Also available for weddings and special occasions.
- phone: +39 080 528-9728address: Via Pasquale Villari, 50
- phone: +39 080 534-8577address: Via Napoli, 353
- phone: +39 080 553-0750address: Via Dalmazia, 159/B
Bulgariaphone: +39 080 524-2939
- phone: +39 080 880-7588address: Via Andrea da Bari, 141
- phone: +39 080 546-8049address: Via Giovanni Amendola, 172/C
- phone: +39 080 552-2485address: Largo Nitti Valentini, 3
- phone: +39 366 330-1581address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 179
- phone: +39 334 266-9473address: Via Dante Alighieri, 138
- phone: +39 080 524-9697address: Piazza Luigi di Savoia Duca degli Abruzzi, 41/A