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About Bari

The people of Bari love to repeat this phrase: "If Paris was on the sea, it would look like a small Bari". Obviously, this is an exaggeration, but it tells us a lot about the pride (and sense of humour) in this area. This is a city with a deep sense of history and art, with rich cultural roots and a modern business outlook.

Bari was an important city under the Greeks, became a Roman municipality, and was later governed by the Saracens, the Venetians, the Normans, the Aragons and finally the Bourbons before finally becoming a part of Italy. As a link between the Greek and Middle-Eastern worlds, Bari experienced its Golden Age during the medieval period. The glories of that age are perfectly symbolised by the stupendous Cathedral and Church of San Nicola.

The Emperor Augustus Promenade – the main thoroughfare in the city – is also worthy of note, as is the Nazario Sauro Promenade, which provides a magnificent walkway along the sea front, as well as superb views over the city itself. To the left, is the S. Nicola jetty where every year, on the 8th of May, the ceremony of the thaumaturgy statue takes place. The statue is taken to sea on a boat where it is worshipped by pilgrims and believers. In this area, you can sample the marvellous seafood in the working class bay area known as the “nderre a la lanze”.

Port of Bari. Image of Bari located in southern Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples.
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Public Transport

The city of Bari is easy to walk around, but every corner of the city is still well connected by the company AMTAB (Azienda Mobilità e Trasporti di Bari), so have a look at the website below to check the buses' schedule. You can buy your tickets at every "Tabacchini" around the town. There are different ticket types to choose from, one-hour ticket, the daily ticket or the weekly ticket.

Electricity

220/240V

City connections

Alghero

AHO Italy, Italian Republic

Berlin - Tegel

TXL Germany

Bucharest Otopeni

OTP Romania

Catania

CTA Italy, Italian Republic

Copenhagen Airport

CPH Denmark, Kingdom of

Londra-Luton

LTN United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland

Madrid

MAD Spain, Spanish State

Malaga

AGP Spain, Spanish State

Palma de Mallorca

PMI Spain, Spanish State

Roma

FCO Italy, Italian Republic

Sevilla Airport

SVQ Spain, Spanish State

Torino - Caselle

TRN Italy, Italian Republic