Cheap flights to Bari
For years the Italians have kept Bari and the region of Puglia a secret from the rest of the world. Clap eyes on this stunning part of Italy’s rural south and you’ll instantly see why.
Bari might not spring to mind as a top holiday destination, but the surrounding area of Puglia with its rural charm certainly should. And while Bari is the gateway to this sunny strip that makes up Italy’s heel, don’t fall into the trap of just passing through.
This seaside city with its Swabian Castle looking on has its own surprises in store. Quaint and surprisingly chic, Bari boasts increasingly upmarket bars and restaurants and is home to the bones of St Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus. Summer or winter, it’s an old town certainly worthy of a city break.
Libreria Laterza is a fantastic arty bookshop that holds everything, but the gems are it's bi-lingual cookbooks and the fantastic photo art books of Puglia which make great gifts and mementos of your visit.
If the weather is bad you can always visit the Grotte (Caves) di Castellana. They are truly an underground wonder and well worth a visit. Be certain to check the website first as hours and booking times change in the winter months (Piazzale Anelli, grottedicastellana.it/en).
Visit probably the most impressive Norman castle in Europe, Il Castello Svevo. A must for history buffs. Open daily until 31 March (4 Piazza Federico II di Svevia, +39 080 528 6210).