Bari
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Bari
Bari is the capital of the Apulia region and the second biggest city in the south of Italy. The city developed industrially in the second half of the twentieth century and now boasts an important trade fair, the largest in the south. Tourists visit Bari for its historic buildings, art works and fascinating town centre, as well as for the beaches which surround the area.
Top Attractions
The extraordinary La Città Vecchia (The Old City) largely consists of narrow and winding streets, making it a charming place to stroll around. You will find all the important medieval monuments, such as the Swabian castle and many churches, including the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola. When the hunger kicks in there are plenty of bars and restaurants to head for where to enjoy some yummy food! l Castello Normanno-Svevo (The Norman Swabian Castle)- This building was originated by Roger II (1139) and destroyed at least twice by the people of Bari, in protest again the tyranny of the Normans. Finally, Frederick II rebuilt it, almost completely, between 1233 and 1240. Basilica Di San Nicola - This stunning, white-limestone church was constructed between 1087 and 1197 and has always held the remains of San Nicola (who is also known as Santa Klaus). It is both a Catholic and an Orthodox church and, partly for this reason, it is a place of annual pilgrimage for many people from all over the world. Cattedrale Di San Sabino - Named in honour of Bishop San Sabino, Cattedrale Di San Sabino is the main church in Bari. It was originally built in Byzantine style in the 11th century but was destroyed in 1156 and thereafter it was rebuilt in Romanesque form, in 1170. The cathedral is currently one of the most important attractions in town: definitely a must-see! Grotte Di Castellana (Caves of Castellana) - This series of grottoes (40 kilometres southeast of Bari) are the biggest ones in Italy. They are 3 kilometres long and 71 meters deep, and include long underground passages and deep caves covered with hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands of years by water erosion of the calcareous rock. Alberobello is located 60 kilometres away from the centre of Bari and it´s undoubtedly one of the most picturesque towns in the world, as it consists entirely of tiny trulli houses. You will definitely fall in love with this peculiar, magical spot, so make sure to pay it a visit! For pure adrenaline, you can head the Adrenalin Zone adventure park, an urban acrobatic park where you can easily spend some hours. The park is full of fun and challenging activities for adults, teens and children.
Dining
Pugliese cuisine is usually associated with orecchiette (little-ear shaped) pasta accompanied by cime di rapa (turnip-tops), but there is much more to this region than that one dish. The fresh vegetables found here are often prepared with oil and garlic and other specialities include fish, homemade pasta and vegetable and cereal-based soups. Most dishes are served with very good bread or taralli (similar to breadsticks). The burrata (mozzarella cheese with a cream centre) should not be missed. Pugliese cuisine with its delicate flavours is generally considered to be amongst the best in Italy.


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