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.
If you happen to be in Puglia at the beginning of February you should check out the 600 year old festival at Putignano. With giant floats to rival the Rio Carnival, food and wine stalls galore and the whole town in party mode, you will find something fun for the entire family. Check the dates at www.carnevalediputignano.it/
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).
Go into the Citta Vecchia and have a wander down the winding narrow streets to get a feel of old Bari. On weekends you can buy freshly made Orechiette from the doorways of peoples houses, literally the best pasta you can get in Bari.
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