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Puglia's captivating capital

A fascinating cultural crossroads on the Adriatic Sea, Bari is an intoxicating fusion of historic architecture and grand boulevards, mixed with hip bars and a nightlife that’s sure to set your heart racing. Discover Puglia's enchanting capital on a holiday to Bari. Bari has rested on Italy’s high heel for 2,500 years. Even so, it remains something of a well-kept secret. The city is split into two distinct but equally appealing halves: the old town and the modern city. The old town is where you’ll find the city’s most famous site, the 11th century Romanesque Basilica containing the earthly remains of one Saint Nicholas (yep, Father Christmas!). The modern city was built by Napoleon’s brother-in-law, Joachim Murat and is linked to the old town by a stunning promenade of chic restaurants. Sophisticated and endlessly photogenic, Bari is the ideal destination to discover on the hoof.

Your Bari questions, answered

Bari can be roastingly hot in the summer and rather rainy in winter. Spring and autumn are good inbetweens.

Compact Bari is easily explored on foot but there's also a public bus service. Tickets can be bought innewspaper or tobacco shops.

Try the local speciality, fresh orecchiette, fricelli and cavatelli pasta, handmade in the same way for hundreds of years.

Best things to do in Bari

Hit the Beach

The small cove of Cala Paura is a local favourite. Restless on your sunbed? Explore its caves and grottos with canoe or pedalo rental.

Go to see Old St. Nick

The 11th century Basilica di San Nicola houses the remains of Saint Nicholas, of Father Christmas fame. It's a magnificent example of Apulian Romanesque architecture.

Explore Castellana Grotto

This enormous network of limestone caverns formed over hundreds of millions of years. It winds its way towards the White Grotto and its impressive stalactites.