The Bari Rundown
The city of Bari on Italy’s eastern coast is awash with old world charm, and visitors to this medieval gateway to the Adriatic will be fascinated by its long and eventful history as a key seaport dating back to the 4th century BC. The magnificent Basilica of Saint Nicholaslies to the north of the city in the medieval quarter, which is itself a major attraction in this ancient part of the world. The nearby Teatro Petruzzelli has recently been restored to its former glory, and once again rests as the cultural and entertainment hub of the city.
The modern section of Bari hosts a plethora of designer clothes stores, gift and souvenir shops, and many restaurants specializing in local cuisine. For nightlife, the medieval quarter has a good range of bars and clubs that are open all hours. Bari has several milongas (tango dance clubs) if you’re keen to dance the tango, For a dose of the culturally historic, the Palazzo della Provinciahouses the Provincial Art Gallerywhich displays works dating back to the 11th century AD. Bari’s temperate climate, stunning architecture and friendly locals are a refreshing and exotic backdrop for your next family holiday.
When To Go
Bari’s Mediterranean climate means warm summers and cool winters, with summer highs of 28°C (82°F) and lows of 19°C (66°F). In winter it drops to 13°C (55°F) with a low of 6°C (43°F).
Summer is high season in Bari, with May and June the most pleasant months. November to February is cold and the weather is sometimes bleak; avoid this time of year if you’re looking for a holiday in the sun.
- Summer highs 28°C (82°F); lows 19°C (66°F)
- Winter highs 13°C (55°F); lows 6°C (43°F)
- Months of May and June are the most pleasant, while November to February is cold and the weather is sometimes bleak
Karol Wojtyla International Airportis 8 km (5 miles) from the town centre. Two bus services run from the airport: Amtab(slower but less expensive) and Tempesta (runs more frequently and goes directly to the city centre). Both run services around the city, and Tempesta offers day tours and private charters.
For extended stays, rent a car, as there is little public transportation available to regional areas. Taxi or public transportation is a better option if you’re staying in the city, as parking can be difficult.
Regular ferry services are available to many destinations around the Adriatic coast. The rail network in Bari connects to many Italian cities with daily service.
- Karol Wojtyla International Airport: 8 km (5 miles) from the town centre
- Taxi or public transport: a better option if you’re staying in the city
- Regular ferry services: available to many destinations around the Adriatic coast
The port city of Bari is a superb destination on the Adriatic Sea. The capital of the beautiful Puglia region is one of the most important hubs in Southern Italy and second only in economic clout to Naples. With a metro population of more than 500,000 people, Bari is a dynamic and eclectic city that offers many fine points of interest for visitors to enjoy.
The heart of the city contains a beautiful old town, with several vital landmarks to explore, and areas on the coast replete with shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Some of the best attractions in Bari include the phenomenal 11th century Basilica di San Nicola, a place of pilgrimage for Christians far and wide. The Castello Svevo, or Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle, dates back to the 12th century and now serves as a museum and art gallery. Another historic landmark in Bari is the Cathedral of St. Sabinus, built in the early 11th century with subsequent Romanesque and Baroque enhancements.
- Basilica di San Nicola
- Castello Svevo
- Cathedral of St. Sabinus
- Santa Chiara
- Santa Teresa di Maschi
- Pane e Pomodoro Beach
- Fiera del Levante
- Puglia Wine Tours
- A.S. Bari at Stadio San Nicola
- Festival of Saint Nicholas
- Caffe Borghese
- La Cecchina
- izzeria da Nico
- Osteria Cucco
- Kent Club
- Disco Flash
- Bar Artistico
- Bar Svevo
- Winter (December to February) 5-13°C
- Spring (March to May) 11-21°C
- Summer (June to September) 16-28°C
- Fall (October to November) 8-21°C
Bari has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers.
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