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    Bari – a brief overview

    Situated on a limestone promontory gazing out towards Greece, Bari has long been the pre-eminent port of Italy’s southeast, its cultural and commercial heart. For many years this meant a thriving business in drug trafficking, but Bari has now shrugged off its renegade reputation with a serious

    revitalisation project that has revived the historic centre and placed the city’s stunning historical and architectural legacy centre stage. What’s more, the city is famous throughout the south for its delicious seafood, which a critical resident population ensures is among the best in Italy.

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    Piazza Mercantile

    Piazza Mercantile
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    This set-piece piazza was once the political centre of Bari and the location of the Palazzo del Sedile, the seat of Bari’s Council of Nobles. In the centre debtors were tied to the ‘Column of Justice’ and lashed.

    Castello Svevo

    Piazza Federico II di Svevia 4
    70122 Bari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 080 528 6261
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    Opening times: Thu-Tue 0830-1930

    Standing sentry over the Old Town is the huge Norman fort with its broad ramparts, drawbridge and quadrangle courtyard.

    Basilica di San Nicola

    Largo Abate Elia 13
    70122 Bari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 080 573 7111
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    Opening times: Mon-Thu and Sat 0700-2030 (church)Fri 0700-2200 (church)Daily 1030-1800 (museum)

    Bari’s splendid Romanesque basilica was built to house the relics of St Nicholas, otherwise known to us as Father Christmas. An important place of pilgrimage, the cathedral is also home to stunning medieval sculpture, golden icons and revered artefacts.

    Cattedrale di San Sabino

    Piazza dell’Odegitria 1
    70122 Bari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 080 521 0605
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    Opening times: Daily 0830-1900

    This pearly-white cathedral was built by William II of Sicily in the 12th century and is decorated with ornate frescoes. Excavations have also revealed the substantial remnants of a rich Roman floor mosaic.

    Pinacoteca Provinciale

    Lungomare Nazario Sauro 27
    70121 Bari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 080 541 2420
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    Opening times: Tue-Sat 0900-1900, Sun 0900-1300

    Housed in a grand palace, Bari’s civic art collection focuses on southern Italian artists with works ranging from 11th-century sculpture to huge canvases from the 18th-century Neapolitan school.

    Lungomare

    Lungomare Nazario Sauro
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    To really understand Bari go for a walk along the lungomare (seafront), taking in the ramparts, the marina and counting cargo ships and ferries as they head off to Greece, Croatia and even Turkey.

    Chiesa di San Gregorio

    Piazza LXII Marinai
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    Opening times: Various

    In the simple Romanesque interior of this 10th-century church are the life-size wooden statues of the ‘Mysteries’, which are carried in procession on Good Friday.

    Mola di Bari

    70042 Mola di Bari
    Italy
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    To escape the noise and drama of Bari city centre escape south to Mola di Bari, a whitewashed seaside satellite with a quaint port full of bobbing boats and excellent restaurants.

    Piazza del Ferrarese

    Piazza del Ferrarese
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    Named after the 17th-century Ferrara merchant Stefano Fabri, this piazza provides an elegant entrance to the historic quarter. To one side is a section of the old Roman road, on the other is the fish market.

    Museo dell’Acqua

    Via Salvatore Cognetti 36
    70121 Bari
    Italy
    Tel: +39 080 572 3111
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    Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1300 (by reservation only), Sat-Sun 1000-1200 (guided tours)

    The gorgeous art nouveau Water Palace was built and decorated by Duilio Cambellotti in 1932 in homage to the aqueduct that brought water to the city. From the exterior sculpture to interior murals, furniture, flooring and rugs, everything is part of the ingenious watery theme.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Key facts

    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24. Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7. Dec (St Ambrose)
    Venice: 25. Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4. Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19. Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6. Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15. Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29. Jun (St Peter)
    Siena: 2. Jul + 16. Aug (Palio)
    Trieste: 3. Nov (St Giusto)

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Republic Day: 2. June 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Republic Day: 2. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Bari

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    The centre of student nightlife and the haunt of romancing couples is Piazza Mercantile and Piazza Ferrarese. Offshoots Via Manfredi Re and Strada Vallisa are also full of bars.

    The older, professional crowd prefer to gather in small wine bars in the newer part of town.

    Barcollo

    Piazza Mercantile 69/70
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    A chic bar on Piazza Mercantile serving cocktails to a crowd of beautiful people.

    Teatro Pettruzelli

    Corso Cavour 12
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    Bari’s art nouveau theatre hosts world-class concerts in considerable style.

    Caffè Borghese

    Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 122
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    An old-school café with an American bar that provides the perfect aperitivo spot.

    Nuova Taverna del Maltese

    Via Nicolai 67
    70124 Bari
    Italy
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    A beer and cocktail bar with an engaging programme of exhibitions and live music.

    La Vineria

    Via Imbriani 78
    70121 Bari
    Italy
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    A minimalist, modern wine bar with a grown-up regional wine list.

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    Restaurants in Bari

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    The Barese table has a strong seafood bias, including mussels, clams, cuttlefish, oysters and anchovies, all of which are baked, fried, boiled or served raw.

    Also famous is the local orecchiette pasta, which is shaped like little ears. People don’t usually dine until 9.30pm.

    Ristorante Bacco

    Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 126
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Michelin-starred restaurant serving an unforgettable seafood platter.

    La Locanda di Federico

    Piazza Mercantile 63
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A plain restaurant serving heart-warming homemade pasta.

    La Bul

    Via Pasquale Villari 52
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A contemporary bistro serving creative modern cuisine imbued with tradition and passion.

    Cibò

    Vico San Cristoforo 11
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Purveyors of panzerotti (stuffed, fried-dough pasties), Bari’s signature street food.

    Terranima

    Via Putignani 213
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Worn flagstones and period furnishings complement an earthy, rustic menu.

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    BIF&ST – Bari International Film Festival

    2 – 9 April 2016
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    Venue: Teatro Petruzelli and other cinemas.

    Over 70,000 film fans descend on Bari for eight days of glamorous gala evenings, international and Italian premieres, workshops, talks and retrospectives. There’s a competitive element too, with juries selecting winners in five categories including best documentary and best Italian film of the year.

    Festa di San Nicola (St Nicholas Festival)

    7 – 9 May 2016
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    Venue: Old Town streets and Basilica Pontificia di San Nicola.

    A solemn religious procession marks the beginning of this festival, with attendants holding aloft a painted statue of St Nicholas. The next day, a flotilla accompanies the statue out to sea, while the last day is celebrated with a mass, commemorating the arrival of St Nicholas’ remains in 1087.

    Festa dei Popoli (Festival of Nations)

    28 – 29 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Parco Perotti.

    This vibrant festival embraces ethnic diversity, encompassing a lively parade along with multicultural performances, exhibitions and activities. These might include a mesmerising Brazilian dance, an eye-catching Guinean video installation or Afghan kite flying. Not forgetting mouth-watering edible treats from around the world.

    Apulia Tango Festival

    2 – 5 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Hotel Villa Romanazzi Carducci.

    Bari is transformed into Buenos Aires as tango takes over the town for four days in early summer. Tango masters teach the finer points of this elegant dance through a programme of daily lessons and show off their moves at evening milongas.

    Sagra delle Olive (Olive Festival)

    7 – 9 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Sannicandro di Bari, 17km southwest of Bari.

    Usually held in the second week of October, this festival is an olive lover’s dream. Visitors can sample and buy delicious sweet olives, dip focaccia into super-gloopy extra virgin olive oil, and drink fine regional wines. There are art exhibitions, agricultural displays, craft stalls, cooking demonstrations and live concerts.

    Il Carnavalo di Putignano (Putignano Carnival)

    5 – 21 February 2017
    Website

    Venue: Putignano, around 40km southeast of Bari.

    Claiming to be the oldest in Europe, this carnival boasts three weeks of festivities. Four parades see giant, brightly painted papier-mâché figures towering above a multitude of colourful floats and costumed participants. If you miss the main event, there’s a mini carnival in August too.

    La Processione dei Crociferi (Crossbearers Procession)

    13 April 2017

    Venue: Noicattaro, 15km southeast of Bari.

    On the evening of Maundy Thursday, a statue of the dead Christ is carried through the streets of Noicattaro, just outside Bari. Barefoot and dressed in black hooded robes with crowns of thorns on their heads, devotees follow behind, bearing large wooden crosses.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Bari

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    Bari is a commercial town and its hotels cater to business clientele. This generally means good service, uniform décor

    and relatively high prices. For more characterful accommodation, options outside the centre are a better bet.

    Villa Romanazzi Carducci

    Via Capruzzi 326
    70124 Bari
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    A grand, pastel-pink, 19th-century villa surrounded by a huge verdant park.

    Hotel Boston

    Via Piccinni 155
    70122 Bari
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    A modest hotel with a great location a few blocks from the historic centre.

    UNA Hotel Regina

    Strada Provinciale 57
    70016 Noicattaro
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    A stylish resort with contemporary rooms and a wellness centre.

    Terranobile Metaresort Hotel

    Via Bitritto 101
    70124 Bari
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    This villa hotel set in an olive grove offers luxurious period-style rooms.

    Baia Sangiorgio

    Via Michelangelo Interesse 80
    70126 Bari
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    Bright, individually furnished rooms with private terraces set right on the seaside.

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    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Bari

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    Designer shops, smart boutiques and bookshops are strung along Via Sparano, Via Argiro and Via Putignani, while Corso Cavour and Via Manzoni are dedicated to popular high-street brands. In Piazza Umberto and at the upper end of Corso Cavour you can find local traders working behind bargain stalls.

    Markets

    The best market is the fish market, which is situated on the Lungomare Nazario Sauro opposite Piazza Eroi del Mare. There’s a smaller indoor fish market on Piazza Ferrarese along with other food products. On Corso Mazzini and Via Nicolai there are also daily food markets.

    Shopping Centres

    There are a couple of big hypermarkets in Bari: Carrefour in Bari Nord; and Auchan in Casamassima, about 20km south of the city centre.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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    Visa & Immigration

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