Bari is the attractive capital of and a popular starting point for trips in the Apulia region. A region on the heel of the boot of Italy that with magnificent coastlines, picturesque small towns and natural treasures is representative of the entire spectrum of southern Italian culture and landscape.

Bari itself is an important port and university city. There are ferry connections across the Adriatic from Bari's port to destinations such as Dubrovnik or Corfu. The old town «Bari Vecchia» is directly next to the ferry terminal and is surrounded by medieval city walls.

There is much to see in the city's narrow alleys: Not to be missed here are the old women who stand at tables making and serving the typical home-made Apulia pasta known as «Orecchiette». These delicious dishes don't come any fresher, anywhere! Our tip: If you don't want to explore Bari's alleys only on foot, catch a velotaxi at the Piazza Mercantile and be driven in comfort through the city.

However, the heart of Bari is the basilica of Saint Nicholas. This is the final resting place of the patron of seafarers. In the Christian world, it's not just 6th December that's celebrated in his honour as Saint Nicholas' Day. The big Saint Nicholas procession is held in Bari every year from 7th to 9th May. This is a spectacular event with parades, festivities and fireworks that you really shouldn't miss.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital of the Apulia region in southern Italy

  • Population

    approx. 321 500

  • Size

    approx. 117 km²

  • Public transport

    A good bus network

  • Climate

    Mediterranean climate; hot and dry in summer, normally mild in winter

  • Best time to visit

    Spring to autumn is ideal in terms of the weather conditions; very large numbers of visitors in high summer

  • Good to know

    «Bari Vecchia», the old town of Bari, which used to be popular with pickpockets because of its narrow alleys, has for some time once again been safe for tourists and locals alike following various government initiatives.

  • Nice to know

    Sushi is nothing new in Bari: Seafood such as oysters or clams have always been eaten raw, particularly on Sundays in the fish market at the old port N'derr a la lanze.

  • Airport

    Bari Karol Wojtyla; approx. 8 km north west of the city centre

  • Bus

    The AMTAB bus No. 16 runs into the city centre every 40 to 50 minutes; journey time approx. 40 minutes. Tempesta Bus runs to the main railway station at irregular intervals; journey time approx. 30 minutes.

  • Railway

    The «Ferrovie del nord barese» runs to the main station; journey time approx. 20 minutes

  • Taxi

    Nuova CO.TA.BA and Apulia Taxi are the official partners of the airport; The taxi rank is in front of the arrivals hall; journey time approx. 25 minutes, depending on the traffic.