Bari is the capital of the Puglia region of Italy and is located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. If this is the destination of your choice, you will find plenty of things to do to suit all ages and interests. Here are seven things you should see or do while you are in Bari.
1. Relax on the Beach
As this is a port city, it makes sense to spend some time on the stunning beaches of Bari. Here, you will have a chance to relax on the beach or take a dip in the Adriatic Sea. It is also a cheap day out if you are traveling with children and you have a limited budget.
2. Try Some Water Sports
Water sports are something else you should try while in this coastal location. There are many different water-based activities you can enjoy along the coast.
3. Visit Saint Nicholas Basilica
One of the most important and beautiful structures in Bari is Saint Nicholas Basilica and this is a great place to visit for people interested in history, culture, and architecture. One of the focuses of a visit to this church is to pray at the tomb of Saint Nicholas.
4. Go to Local Towns and Villages
To catch a glimpse of true Italy rather than Italy presented to visitors in the tourist destinations, you should visit some of the towns and villages that surround Bari. Ostuni (pictured) is a nearby Baroque hill town that is worth a visit and many of the surrounding villages are the most unspoiled and thinly populated in Italy.
5. Shop at Bari Market
The market in Bari is very traditional and many of the stalls have sold their wares for hundreds of years with the stall being passed down from one generation to the next. Just some of the things you can pick up at Bari Market include antiques, food, housewares, and leather goods.
6. Try the Local Cuisine
During your stay in Bari, you should try some of the traditional local dishes rather than simply visiting restaurants that cater to tourists. As this is a port city, seafood is a specialty. Horsemeat in tomato sauce is also a traditional dish, but this is not to the taste of everyone. There are also many excellent pizzerias in this city.