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Bari in southern Italy is a seaside city and is the capital of the Puglia province. Discover its beaches, lively squares and fantastic shopping in comfort and style when you rent a car in Bari. Go to more places at any time without relying on others or public transportation when you have your own ride during your holiday.

It's your choice: Where to go in Bari

Bari appears to be two separate towns with a picturesque old quarter and a modern neighbourhood. Bari Vecchia is characterised by narrow lanes and alleyways, quaint houses, ancient churches and shrines. Separating the old town from the commercial and business centre of Borgo is Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. The modern quarter has wide streets and elegant buildings that date back to the early 19th-century. Head to Lungomare Nazario Sauro, a delightful seaside promenade which leads up to Port Vecchio, the historic old harbour. Watch fishermen unload their catch on the docks in the morning or just enjoy the colourful boats moored on the pier. If you’re in Lungomare Augusto Imperatore, walk towards Mole San Antonio where you’ll find a modern art gallery.

Things to do in Bari

Begin your journey in Bari by exploring the lively market on Piazza del Ferrarese. The square is also an access point to the Old Town. From there, walk north and you’ll stumble on the delightful Piazza Mercantile dotted by plenty of sidewalk cafes and restaurants. It is also a popular meeting place for locals. Around the square are notable landmarks such as Sedile, the headquarters of the Council of Nobles and the Colonia della Giustizia where debtors and petty criminals were tied and publicly ridiculed during the Middle Ages. Past Chiesa Santa Ana is Basilica di San Nicola, a fine example of Romanesque architecture. Inside is a 12th-century tabernacle and the 1476 painting Madonna with Saints by Vivarini. Underneath the silver crypt is a vault that contains the remains of St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop. Another sight that you should not miss is Altamura, on top of the Murge plateau. This charming town is still partly surrounded by old walls. Explore the imposing cathedral with its ornate doorways, tympanum, choir stalls, and pulpit built by Frederick II in 1231.

Important info about Bari

Bari, consisting of 9 municipalities and 20 neighbourhoods, lies on a rich coastal plain facing the Adriatic Sea. It has a Mediterranean type of climate with warm and dry summers. Winter temperatures are mild but the precipitation is higher. Its fertile plains stretch inland where you can see loads of olive trees, grapevines, and almonds. Agriculture and fishing are predominant activities. There are also small and medium-sized industries focusing on garments, textiles and mechanics. The leisure industry is a significant sector with Bari welcoming millions of visitors each year. It is linked by a road network to the north whilst the port of Bari is used to move products and passengers inside and outside the country.

Weather in Bari
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Country Italy (Apulia)
Language Italian
Currency Euro
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +39

Good to know

The Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport is the main airport in Bari. It is located 8km from the city centre and is named after Pope John Paul II. It is also known as Palese Airport. Several European carriers operate direct flights to Bari. For example, it’s possible to get on flights from London to Bari as well as from the cities of Rome, Barcelona, Sevilla, and Milan. If you want to hire a car at Bari Airport, car rental companies are found at the arrivals area. You must be at least 18 years old to drive a car. Drivers under the age of 25 may have to pay a surcharge when you rent a car in Bari. People drive on the right and overtake from the left. Pay attention to the Access Regulation of Bari or the Zona Traffico Limitato (ZTL) where parking and driving through the city are authorised to permit holders only. Thus, if you plan to rent a car in Bari, inform hotel staff so that the appropriate permit can be requested and issued. Video cameras are used to control restricted areas and violators are fined heavily. Speed limits are 130km/h on motorways, 90km/h in major urban areas, and 50km/h in built-up areas.

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What to taste in Bari

The cuisine in Bari makes use of vegetables, seafood, meat and cold cuts. Specialities include red or yellow oven-baked bell peppers that are stuffed with rice and meat. Orechiette or cavatelli pasta garnished with colourful vegetables is another special treat in Bari. For seafood lovers, fresh bass, clams, oysters, lobster, anchovies, sole and bream are available. Pizza enthusiasts will not be disappointed as there several pizzerias that serve these all-time favourites from a simple Marinara to a Quattro formaggi. But perhaps, the most famous food in Bari is the Altamura bread which is protected by the DOP label. It is usually served with the equally renowned Terra di Bari olive oil and fresh Apulian greens. Other delicious produce that you must taste include the sweet Termite olives, wines and cheeses.

What to bring to your friends from Bari

Embroidered fabrics are some gifts that you can give to friends and family. Puglia is one of the few regions that still retains the ancient tradition of Corredo matrimoniale where the future bride receives a dowry from her family which may be linen, towels or tablecloths embroidered by the mother. A good bottle of wine will also be appreciated and Puglia has many to offer. If you’re on wine tasting tours, try the Negroamaro and Primitivo blend of grapes. A bottle of extra virgin olive oil is also a great gift idea whilst papier-mache handicrafts are probably the most original souvenirs you can bring from the region. The region is also a producer of ceramics producer ancient times owing to its abundant supply of rich clay. Look for ceramics from Grottaglie which are some of the finest made in the area.