1. Focaccia barese
The Focaccia Barese is a pleasure for the eyes and the palate. A unique recipe, made with flour, water, yeast, salt and potatoes. Baked in order to make its sides crispy, it is seasoned with fresh tomatoes.
There are many bakeries in town that bake it at all hours of the day.
A delight exported from Puglia to Italy. Fried or baked, it is a must for those who want to enjoy the simple and tasty flavours of the land of Bari.
3. Seaside promenade walk
Bari boasts the longest seaside promenade in Europe. A walk along the coast of our city is a unique experience to enjoy the sea, the wind and the air of our land.
4. Get lost in Bari Vecchia
San Nicola is the historic district of the city of Bari. Named as Bari Vecchia by its inhabitants, is inserted within the ancient walls, and is so called, since the nineteenth century, as opposed to the new city. Bari Vecchia is located in the peninsula between Bari’s two new ports (the old port and the new port). Bari Vecchia exudes life, authenticity, humanity.
«The world around the ancient San Nicola is a drunk anthill fulfilled with vitality. Old courtyards are rooms, old chapels are warehouses, a staircase breaks through a wall, a wall raises its head over the ceiling. With the arm outstretched the seller of dried and salted tomatoes and his incomprehensible lament excites the appetite. Then a thousand half-naked children stick out their piece of bread. While the mother combs the comare, the daughter makes the dough on a large stone, in front of the door of the house. With a pinch of pasta she gives birth to other puppies, she blows on them: go play, get out of here. So the old Bari is multiplied indefinitely, thanks to God, it grows new and never dies.»
5. Seafood Market “Nderr alla Lanze”
Every morning, behind the Teatro Margherita, in the bend of the old port, there is the lively and popular fish market (“nderr alla lanze”) where you can watch the characteristic beating of the octopus, you can buy excellent fresh fish and you can get in touch with the veracity and friendliness of local fishermen.
6. Going shopping in the Murat neighborhood
Famous throughout southern Italy, Via Sparano Street is full of designer and trendy boutiques to go shopping.
7. Attend a show at the Petruzzelli Theatre
The Petruzzelli Theater is the most prestigious cultural container of Bari and Puglia and is the fourth largest Italian theater, as well as the largest private theater in Europe.
Located in the heart of the city, on Corso Cavour, it is not far from the Palazzo dell’Acquedotto Pugliese. Inaugurated in 1903, in 1991 it was destroyed by an arson, then rebuilt and returned to its former glory in 2009.
The Umbertine style of the building is in harmony with the rest of the walled village, the new part of the city. The Theater can hold up to 1,500 spectators and the rich artistic program is entrusted to the Petruzzelli Opera-Symphonic Foundation.
8. Bari’s beating heart: Basilica of San Nicola
In the heart of the historic center of Bari, the Basilica of San Nicola is the hub of the city, visited by pilgrims from all over the world and in particular from Eastern Europe.
Prototype of the Apulian Romanesque style, the Basilica was founded in the year 1000. Today it has been remodeled several times, today it shows the simplicity of the external façade, with its two slender towers, and the beauty of its furnishings surmounted by gilded wooden ceilings with the seventeenth-century paintings of the painter Carlo Rosa from Bitonto. A staircase leads to the crypt, which houses the tomb of St. Nicholas and the Russian Orthodox Chapel. Not to be missed are the Desk of Elijah, the medieval capitals, the ciborium, the silver altar and the seventeenth-century gold carvings.
The uninterrupted flow of devotees has increased over the years the treasure of the Basilica that collects precious votives, kept in the Nicolaian Museum along with parchments, epigraphs and illuminated manuscripts.
9. Bari’s Swabian Castle
The Norman Swabian Castle of Bari is the symbolic fortification of Bari, seat of the Superintendence for the Architectural and Historical Heritage of Apulia. Located in defense of the main entrance of the city, a few steps from the Cathedral, today welcomes visitors before entering the alleys of the historic center.
Built by the Normans in the twelfth century, destroyed in 1156 and then rebuilt by Frederick II between 1233 and 1240, the manor is one of the most interesting fortifications in the region, especially thanks to its strategic position. Fascinating witness of medieval construction, the Castle shows numerous extensions attributable to successive eras. Exhibitions and shows are periodically organized inside the Castle. Archeology enthusiasts can also visit the Gipsoteca which contains casts of ornamental sculptures in use from the eleventh to the seventeenth century.
10. Taking part in the celebrations of St. Nicholas
Bari once a year turns on, comes alive. From May 7 to 9 Bari celebrates its patron saint with lights, processions, fireworks and (not every year) the fantastic “Frecce Tricolore” air show.
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