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The cruise port of Bari is situated around the east side from the harbor and northern part of the historic center. The main harbor of Bari includes a major ferry link between Italia, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, and a holiday in Greece. It may get really busy here. For cruise passengers, there's a large and new cruise terminal building where transportation to travel towards the city is available. You'll pier within easy reach from the city center and its prominent landmarks. Bari lures tourists looking for offbeat European travel experiences.
Bari, which is based on the Puglia, or Apulia, region of southern Italia may be the type of port cruise people dream of. It has a wonderfully sunny, palm-lined promenade and broad boulevards with designer shops and top-quality restaurants. And, its lovely medieval Old Town is really atmospheric it may be the looking for an especially romantic form of "Romeo and Juliet" using its balconied houses, pretty courtyards, Baroque and Romanesque places of worship, chapels, shops and courtyards.
Past the city itself lies beautiful Puglia, that is endowed having a sandy shoreline, 60 million olive trees, Roman ruins, huge golden wheat fields and also the distinctive whitewashed, gray, conical-roofed houses referred to as Trulli.Bari keeps growing in recognition like a cruise port. Large-ship lines -- including P&O, Costa, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise ships -- are actually going to there, additionally towards the small, up market ships of Seabourn, Silversea, Azamara and Oceania Cruise ships. This really is one port certain to generate a memorable day ashore -- as well as perhaps you have intending to return for an extended visit.
Where You are Docked
Cruise ships as much as 280 mt / 656 ft (Costa, Tui, Aida and Royal Caribbean) people are meant to disembark directly in the Pier closed towards the Primary Cruise Terminal. For that other bigger ships supposed to reach the San Vito Pier.The cruise ship terminal is appropriate in the middle of Bari and a simple 20 minute walk to Barivecchia, that old town. Alternately, there's a nearby bus which stops right outdoors the main harbor terminal, or taxis along with a passenger bus.
Hanging Out
Behind the terminal area was a wide open sitting area, somewhere quiet to sit down and watch for tour buses. And, behind which was a significantly bigger, two-story terminal with check-in desks around the lower floor along with a souvenir shop, bath rooms, and drink machines along with a newsstand around the 2nd floor.
While it might not possess the glamour of certain parts of Italia, Bari may be the south’s best-heeled city and it has the boulevard of designer shops to demonstrate it: Via Sparano da Bari. Additionally, it comes with an properly winding and narrow old town, Barivecchia, with lovely pieces and lots of, many places of worship and shrines dotted throughout.
Probably the most interesting may be the Basilica di San Nicola, an attractive Romanesque chapel whose saint is Saint Nicholas, he who had been commercialized into being Father Christmas in early twentieth century. Before this happened, Saint Nicholas was - is still - the patron saint of kids - and criminals.
His remains are here - plundered from Poultry within the eleventh century - and also the chapel is really a site of pilgrimage. Bari also offers a castle, Castello Svevo, which is now employed for art displays. Nowadays Bari is really a thriving student town, having a lively market around the fringe of that old town and bars a plenty.
Bari has got the longest seafront in Italia. It is also among the loveliest, dotted with ornately styled, elegant, black wrought-iron street lamps and grown with palms.
Mind left across the promenade in the pier gates, and over the road you will see a grassed-over dry moat all around the old city walls, having a couple of restaurant and coffee shop tables organized, should you'll need a quick drink or snack.
Making Your Way Around
Bari's New and old Cities are often walkable in the port. To achieve that old Town, mind left across the promenade, after about ten minutes, you will see an extensive archway set in to the old walls this is actually the entrance to Bari's Old Town.
Some cruise lines provide free shuttle buses in the pier gates lower to Avenue Corso Cavour, among the primary shopping roads within the "new" a part of Bari. It's not hard to walk after that to the cruise terminal through the Old Town by walking east along Corso Cavour to Piazza.
If you won't want to walk or go ahead and take passenger bus out and about, you will find small-train tours available right in the pier entrance. Trenino-Tour offers 1.5-hour Bari City Tour drives around Bari's harbor, Old Town and primary sights.  Taxis will also be based in the pier gates. They're metered, but roundtrips to local tourist destinations could be discussed individually with waiting time.
Must Do Attractions
A lot of Bari's New Town really dates in the early 1800s, but it is organized on the power grid system, therefore it is simpler to get where you're going around there compared to the jumble of narrow roads and alleyways you will find within the Old Town. The Brand New Town can also be a good option to locate sophisticated shops and shops selling good-quality clothes, ceramics and giftware. The broad and delightful Corso Vittorio Emanuele -- which divides that old Town in the New -- is really worth walking along. It's lined with offices on one for reds, but alternatively you will find charming, early 19th-century structures in shades of pale cream, chocolate brown and burnt orange, their black wrought-iron balconies vivid with collapsing scarlet geraniums and lavish crimson bougainvillea.
A stroll round the Old Town is just magical, for this can be a real old town, and also the employees of Bari still live there and provide everything the charm of the authentic community. While there's very little cash about, there's a classic-fashioned sense of friendliness and mutual cooperation, with children using the roads because the women watch and talk.
Have a look round the Old Town grocery store, aromatic, colorful and full of local treats. It is simply from the square around the left from the cathedral. You will find some fabulous food shops -- such as the Panicceria Animaria bakery, which sells delicate, pastel-tinted macaroons, pancerotto (diced pork tarts) and zhuccacio (savory pastries), and heart-formed apricot and almond biscotti -- within the same area.
The Antica Salumeria, an attractive old grocery shop a couple of doorways lower in the bakery, is aromatic as only Italian shops could be, with fragrances of freshly baked panini, herbal treatments, pungently spiced sausages and native cheeses and hams.
A couple of Bari's noticably places of worship -- the eleventh-century Basilica of St. Nicola (with a magnificent colored ceiling along with a gold-encrusted crypt that contains the Saint's remains) and also the twelfth-century Cathedral of San Sabino -- are generally located in the Old Town.
Exactly the same area hosts small convents, chapels and shrines founded by ancient towns in Bari they range from the Chapel of San Marco, founded through the Venetians, and also the Chieso del Santa Maria del Carmine, founded through the Carmelites in 1542. The second may be worth seeing because of its elegant Wedgewood, blue Baroque-style, gold and gilt interior inlaid marble altar and glittering very chandelier.
The Norman-Swabian Castle depends on Piazza Federico II di Svevia, just outdoors that old City walls, facing the ocean. Built between 1233 and 1240 by Ernest II, its angular towers which were put in the 16th century. Nowadays, it's occupied with a government department, but vacationers will go inside for a small charge and visit its plaster-cast gallery, featuring ornamental casts of Italian structures, produced between your eleventh and 17th centuries.
 Must Do Experiences
The beautiful beach resort of Trani is situated about 30 km from Bari. It is a sleepy place by having an attractive waterfront and tons of old-fashioned fans referred to it as resembling a 50's film set. It's an excellent place arrive at relax watching the motorboats within the harbor. The only real other attraction will be a trip to its twelfth-century Cattedrale di San Nicola Pellegrino.
Explore the atmospheric ruins of the ancient Roman city at Canosa di Puglia, 50 km from Bari. (Taxis, plus waiting time, will definitely cost between 100 and 120 pounds.) Canosa is the historical capital of Puglia and is among Italy's earliest constantly lived on metropolitan areas, thought up to now in the seventh century B.C. Worth seeing are ancient catacombs dating in the fourth towards the second century B.C. Editor's note: Canosa is really a fair distance in the port, so think about a visit only when you've got a very long time ashore.
Monopoli, a attractive former Venetian buying and selling publish 40 km away, is endowed having a spectacular central piazza that's encircled by shops, bars and restaurants. It's ideal for taking pleasure in a lazy lunch and watching the planet pass. A cab ride will definitely cost about 100 pounds.
Alberobello, the Trulli capital of Puglia, lies midway between Bari and Brindisi and it is really worth going to, since it's fairytale looks have won it the status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The conical Trulli houses are actually mainly hotels, holiday flats or souvenir shops, but you can observe a good example of how you might have looked -- filled with traditional Trulli furniture -- within the Trulli Museum, near Alberobello's cathedral.
Things to do
The Traditional Tradition of Essential Olive Oil tour (4.5 hrs) goes on the 90-minute drive-thru the verdant Valle D'Itria to see a few of the 60 million olive trees -- hundreds of years old and guarded legally -- from the Puglia region. The tour visits a conventional masseria (farmhouse) to determine the way the golden oil is removed by stone press and also to taste the end product with a few in your area made Friselle bread.
The Bari Walking Tour (2.5 hrs) starts having a drive round the town to determine primary sights such as the Swabian castle and continues having a walk-through that old Town and a vacation to the St. Nicholas Basilica before permitting some spare time to understand more about.
The Enchanting Alberobello tour goes towards the fairytale village of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Puglia's finest attraction, using its unique, conical, and 17th-century fascinating Trulli houses. You'll start with an hour's drive past spectacular and lush olive groves and golden wheat fields, then some spare time in Alberobello along with a visit a Trulli-style farmhouse to sample the refreshing Apulian wine, complemented by foccaccia bread along with other local delicacies.
Bari Archeological Museum
The center of the new town is the palm-shaded Piazza Umberto I. On its west side is the imposing building of the university, with a well-stocked library (160,000 volumes), and the interesting Museo Archeologico Nazionale.  Address: Gioia del Colle, Castello Svevo, Piazza dei Martiri, I-70100 Bari, Italy
Piazza Garibaldi
From the north side of the square the new town's principal traffic artery, Via Sparano, coming from the station, runs north past the modern church of San Ferdinando into the busy Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, which separates the new town from the old. 100m/110yd along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II to the left is the Piazza Garibaldi, the traffic center of the town. On the right is the prefecture, on the left the Town Hall, which also houses the Teatro Piccinni. From the east end of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II the Corso Cavour, lined with fine buildings, leads towards the station.
Lungomare Nazario Sauro 
The east end of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is also the starting point of the Lungomare Nazario Sauro, a magnificent seafront promenade which runs along the old harbor.
1km/0.75mi southward along the Lungomare Nazario Sauro is the palace of the provincial administration in which is the picture gallery (Pinacoteca Provinciale). Most of the pictures are older scenes of Bari and the surrounding area, together with works by Moretto da Brescia, A. Vaccaro, C. Maratta, Giovanni Bellini ("Martyrdom of St Peter"), Vivarini, Paolo Veronese, Tintoretto, etc. Address: Via Spalato 19, I-70100 Bari, Italy
Old Town Margherita Theatre, BariMargherita Theatre, Bari
San Sabino 
In the center of the old town of Bari rises the cathedral of San Sabino (originally 1170-78), with important remains of Norman ornaments. In the crypt is an elaborately adorned painting of the Madonna; the archives include two parts of a large exsultet roll (the Catholic Easter liturgy; 11th century).
San Nicola 
A little way north of the cathedral in Bari is the church of San Nicola, a large pilgrimage church begun in 1087 but not completed until 1197, which is one of the finest achievements of Romanesque architecture in Apulia. Inside, above the high altar, is a tabernacle (12th century) and to the right of the altar is a "Madonna with Saints" by Vivarini (1476). In the apse is the tomb (1593) of Bona Sforza, wife of King Sigismund II of Poland and last duchess of Bari (d. 1558) and a marble bishop's throne. The crypt with 26 different columns contains a silver altar (1684) underneath which is a vault containing the remains of the popular Saint Nicholas of Bari (c. 350), patron of seamen, prisoners, pupils and children (principal feast May 8th).
To the west of the old town of Bari is the Castello, originally a Byzantine-Romanesque building, reconstructed by Frederick II in 1233. Bona Sforza converted it into a palace in the 16th century; later it was used as a prison and signal station. The building now houses an interesting museum with copies of Apulo-Norman sculptures (temporary art exhibitions).
Address: Piazza Federico Di Svezia 2, I-70100 Bari, Italy
Great Harbor
From the Castello in Bari the wide Corso Vittorio Veneto runs west past the Great Harbor (Gran Porto or New Harbor) to the grounds of the Levant Fair (Fiera de Levante), 2.5km/1.5mi away on the seafront.
Surroundings -- From Bari to Gravina di Puglia (55km,34 miles). Outside the centre, most of Bari's outskirts are appallingly ugly: unpleasant tower blocks, heavy industry and wasteland bizarrely dotted with allotments. Once you're beyond the sprawl though, the countryside is green and attractive, covered with olive trees. There are some interesting day trips which can be made from Bari using public transport; though we'd recommend you move on to a more attractive location after a day or two, rather than basing yourself in the city.
Bari is an important transport hub. As well as mainline FS railway services, it is also the terminus for several private railway lines which connect some of the area's inland towns, including the cave city of Matera (in the neighbouring region, Basilicata) and the trullo town of Alberobello. By catching a train to Andria and then a bus (or driving) you can visit Castel del Monte, Frederick II's famous castle on a hill which is now a UNESCO site. Another short train ride away is Trani, which is a very attractive seaside town with a fishing harbour and a cathedral poised above the sea. Beyond Trani is Barletta, another historic coastal town, which can be combined in a day trip with Castel del Monte and/or Trani.
About 15km/9mi southwest of Bari is the little town of Bitetto (139m/459ft; pop. 9,000) with the cathedral of San Michele (14th century), a building in late Apulo Romanesque style.
From Bitetto it is another 29km/18mi southwest over the Murge plateau to Altamura (478m/1,577ft; pop. 53,000), a town still partly surrounded by its old walls. There is an imposing cathedral, built by Frederick II in 1231 and renewed in the 14th and 16th century. It has a richly decorated doorway (1312) on the main facade. Inside are a pulpit, a bishop's throne (16th century) and beautifully carved choir-stalls (1543).
Gravina di Puglia
About 11km/7mi west of Altamura is Gravina di Puglia (338m/1,115ft; pop. 37,000), picturesquely situated above a deep gorge (gravina) with an interesting cathedral (15th century choir- stalls), the church of Santa Sofia (tomb of a duchess of Gravina; 1518) and a municipal museum. Outside the town, in a gorge, is the rock-hewn church of San Michele with remains of Byzantine paintings; another rock-hewn church is beyond the viaduct. On a hill north of the town are the ruins of a Hohenstaufen castle, which was built by Frederick II in 1231.
Bitonto, Italy
West of Bari lies Bitonto (118m/389ft; pop. 51,000), with well-preserved town walls. In the center of the old town is the cathedral (c. 1200), perhaps the finest example of Apulian Romanesque architecture. Particularly beautiful are the richly decorated main doorway and the delicately pillared gallery on the south side. Inside there are two fine pulpits. Beneath the church is a crypt supported by 24 columns. East of the cathedral stands the Palazzo Vulpano Sylos (Renaissance courtyard; 1500).
Where to Eat
Bari's cuisine is among the most traditional and scrumptious in Italia, and it is in line with the three primary farming items from the Puglia region -- wheat, essential olive oil and wine -- compounded by in your area created fruit, veggies and meat. It is a foodie's paradise watch out for your glorious traditional pasta, and tuck into pungent baked calzone, produced from local flour and full of let's eat some onions, anchovies, capers and olives. Dip focaccia alla Barese into thick minestrone soup, or have a ragu of lamb, pork or horsemeat. And, if you are feeling even braver, try the issue during the day offered tartare. Or, have a traditional, oven-baked Riso -- made up of grain, taters and mussels -- cleaned lower with a few of the scrumptious local wines, for example Primitivo.
You will find good eateries both in that old Town and also the new. Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the broad primary street that divides Bari's Old Town from the 19th-century area, is the greatest spot to mind should you fancy a conventional Italian lunch ashore. The central, pedestrian area is shaded by palms, and it is a good spot to search for a pleasant lunch venue, as you will find lots of enticing restaurants with pretty, glass conservatory-style frontages.
Terranima Ristoro Pugliese comes highly suggested. Full of antiques and old street signs and designed to become a market square encircled by local shops, it provides a variety of in your area acquired food and aromatic Puglian wine. Specialties of the home include homemade fusilli pasta with courgettes, a stomach-busting antipasti platter that has local pork and three kinds of cheese, tasty frittata and cheesy fried potato puffs.
Ristorante Alberosole is recognized for its sophisticated twist on traditional Bari dishes. Using its monastery-style vaulted roof and stone-flagged floor, it is also an atmospheric place to dine. House specialties incorporate a crescent-formed pasta dish, spiced track of mint, anchovies and pine nuts orrechietti pasta with sausage and in your area caught squid, stewed in dark wine.
Caffe' Borghese is a great wager to have an affordable meal. Order a glass or two, and you will get a couple of nibbles tossed set for free, as the filled panini and bruschetta -- substantial hunks of bread capped with tomato plants and garlic clove -- come highly suggested. And, you may either eat within the elegant brasserie-style interior, or sit outdoors watching the planet pass.
Recommended to cruise passengers by an Italian-in-the-know, is a cheap and unpretentious eating place in the newer part of town. El Pedro (Via Piccinni, 152) is a self-service canteen/restaurant where you collect a tray, and file past mouthwatering selections of pasta (€3 per portion), contorni, desserts, salads and more. The staff are efficient and ready to help out confused foreigners; we ate extremely well for around 12 euros for two including a little wine. For a more traditional, though touristy, restaurant meal, try the pleasant squares at the edge of the Old Town, Piazza Mercantile and Piazza del Ferrarese. Around the railway station there are the usual fast-food type eateries. In addition, there are various restaurants scattered around town, and the usual Italian array of cafes where you can fill up with a hot drink, croissant or sandwich.
Once the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Bari is now southern Italy’s third largest city. For tourists, it has a typical city-by-the-sea, Mediterranean atmosphere based around history, art, culture and ancient customs. Its traditional historic centre, with its labyrinth of lights and alleyways, is worth a visit, as is the newer area, which respects the commercial traditions of the city, the provincial capital of Puglia. 
Like any self-respecting big city, Bari offers shopping lovers all you could want when it comes to fashion and the latest trends. The streets we recommend are Via Sparano, Via Putignani and Via Dante. You can find a variety of shops in this area, from famous, long-established furriers to elegant boutiques.
The first stop is Mimma Ninni in the heart of the city centre. It’s an elegant shop offering women’s clothing, fashionable accessories and elegant bags, as well as bespoke dresses. Brands available include Balenciaga, Givenchy, Christopher Kane and Oscar de la Renta. It’s ideal if you want to find an elegant outfit.
The next stop is Boutique Luciana Bari, in Via Dante. It’s a modern, young, stylish store with many labels on offer, a good choice if you love wearing clothes that are glamorous and distinctive, but have the guarantee of high-quality design. DKNY, Fay, Jil Sander, Miu Miu, Alexander Wang and Albino are just a few of the names. There’s a range of coloured trench coats, roomy mini-dresses, chemise dresses, large bags and much else besides.
If you want a boutique that’s chic and luxurious, you need Cecilia De Fano. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you’ll be able to find your perfect look here. There are ready-to-wear clothes, formal wear, leather dresses, accessories, shoes and underwear – there’s something for everyone. The designers on offer include Bottega Veneta, Dolce&Gabbana, Fendi, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren and Yves Saint Laurent.

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