Bari is the capital city of the Apulia region, and also one of the most populous cities in Italy, with a metropolitan area that has about 1 million inhabitants, where there are many opportunities to satisfy your desire for history, culture, art, entertainment, relaxation and well-being. Indeed, there are many attractions that Bari has to offer its visitors.
The origin of Bari is not entirely clear but, for sure, it is very old. Roman Municipium was there as early as the 3rd century BC, while Barium was located in an important communication route, the Via Traiana. This allowed it to develop considerably. With the fall of Rome, Bari was disputed by the Longobards and the Byzantines, then it passed into the hands of the Berbers and conquered by the Normans in 1071. It was during this period (precisely in 1087) that the remains of Saint Nicholas of Myra were brought to the city, who later became the patron saint of the city and still today venerated a lot by Catholics, as well as Orthodox and Protestants.
In the following centuries, Bari experienced several other dominations, including the Swabian, the Sforza and the Venetian ones: the latter, in particular, was due to the enlargement of the port, which was already important during the Crusades, and a substantial growth in commercial activities, thanks also to the very sought products of the hinterland.
In living room at a hotel in Bari, your eyes will be immediately caught by the diversity of Bari’s urban styles that characterise the oldest part of the city (the so-called Barivecchia, with medieval urban system) and the most recent one (whose foundation is attributed by Joachim Murat). Among the most important historical-architectural monuments we can mention: Basilica of Saint Nicholas and Cathedral of San Sabino (both of the 12th century), the church of San Gregorio, the fort of Sant’Antonio Abate and the famous Norman-Swabian Castle (built by Frederick II); there are also attractions such as Archaeological Museum, the Provincial Art Gallery and Petruzzelli Theatre (must be place for art enthusiasts).
Besides the monuments, squares, religious buildings, theatres, museums and libraries, Bari is also renowned for its Fiera del Levante, one of the main fairs in the Mediterranean basin, that each year (in September) attracts thousands of exhibitors, both Italians and foreigners, and millions of visitors.