BARI and surroundings in a nutshell: 

Lying on a fertile coastal plain, overlooking the Adriatic Sea, it is located in BARI,
the regional capital of APULIA and important tourist and commercial port.
A tour of cathedrals and castles, with their grandeur that dominate many ancient villages, is an opportunity to explore the wonderful nature in the province.
Starting point is BARI cultural crossroads since antiquity.

A city where live two souls: that of the old village, surrounded by an imposing wall and crossed by narrow streets that lead to the discovery of its rich cultural heritage and modern, born at the beginning of the nineteenth century and transformed over time in the city today.

Along the perimeter wall of the old part, it finds the majestic CASTLE, built by Frederick II of Swabia, with a large courtyard, now a place of shows and events.

 

The second most important church in BARI, is the CATHEDRAL, lanked by a tall bell tower and built on a previous ancient buildings. A finely decorated rose window and three portals enliven the design of the main facade.
Very striking the inner atmosphere created by the play of volumes and light filtered through the large openings and reflected by the clear stone walls.

The new city, built by Gioacchino Murat, is crossed by the main shopping streets like Corso Cavour, where the famous TEATRO PETRUZZELLI, the temple of opera in BARI.
Landscapes without border show a territory barren, with rocks, knives and ravines which interrupt the continuity.
Olive trees, almond trees and vineyards tinged at times, the vast expanses of the plateau where there are ancient farms, often fortified, that is not only farms in the past also had a defensive function.

The southern part of the province met a piece of the beautiful VALLE D’ITRIA, known as the land of TRULLI.
ALBEROBELLO is certainly home to these features conical buildings symbol of APULIA, enough to be declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Nearby there LOCOROTONDO, white village perched on a rocky outcrop from which dominates the beautiful landscape of the valley, in the spring, is transformed into an explosion of colors and scents.

A patchwork of vineyards, olive groves, forests and crops, with white stone walls delineate the contours and small clusters of trulli and interrupting its continuity.
TRULLI, today, in strict respect of the ancient tradition, have been equipped with modern comforts and represent an original alternative to the classic hotel rooms to spend their holidays. Worth a visit to the ancient village of LOCOROTONDO, protected by walls and designed by narrow alleyways that wind between pretty whitewashed houses, colored only by the flowers that adorn the balconies.

 

Also interesting are the architecture of the old town of PUTIGNANO, famous for the famous carnival, a parade of masks and allegorical floats, accompanied by sounds and music, and CASTELLANA GROTTE known for the evocative underground cavities.

The patient work of an ancient river created the largest karst complex in Italy, CASTELLANA CAVES, located in the heart of the Murgia.

Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, scattered between long tunnels and large caves, form a scenario full of charm and mystery, fueled by a play of light and shadow.

Earth flavor and intense aroma, the province of BARI deserves a dedicated trip to rediscover the flavors of the past and the old traditions handed down from generation to generation.

Pugliese cuisine owes its fame to fish stocks of all respect, a deep connection with the land and the ancient traditions.

The pasta in sizes most original, prepared simply with water, flour and salt, is the queen of pasta dishes. Orecchiette, cavatelli and fricelli, handcrafted, have the shape and texture right for good absorb the tasty seasonings based on vegetables, fish or meat.