Explore Bitonto, the Gem Near Bari and the Airport

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Discover Bitonto: a City Rich in History and Culture

Bitonto, strategically located near Bari and the international airport, offers a perfect combination of history, culture and accessibility. This Apulian town is a hidden treasure, ideal for those seeking an authentic experience off the beaten tourist track. Its charming historic center, dominated by the majestic Basilica dei Santi Medici, is a maze of narrow streets that tell stories of centuries.

As you stroll through the center, you'll discover historic buildings, Baroque churches and small cafes where you can enjoy delicious local appetizers. Don't miss the Diocesan Museum for a dive into the city's artistic and religious heritage. Art enthusiasts will be fascinated by the many galleries that house works by local and international artists.

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Relax and Enjoy Nature

Not everything is history and art; Bitonto is surrounded by lush nature that invites hiking and biking. Explore the centuries-old olive groves that produce one of Italy's finest olive oils. The tranquility and beauty of these landscapes are the perfect contrast to the vibrant historic center.

Where to Stay: Dimora Amelia

For a stay that combines comfort and convenience, choose Dimora Amelia, a vacation home ideally located for exploring Bitonto and its wonders. Each apartment is tastefully furnished and equipped with all modern conveniences, ideal for relaxing after a day of discovery.

2 studio and 2 two-room apartments complete with everything for your absolute comfort. The proximity to Bari and the airport makes Dimora Amelia an excellent choice for travelers looking for a practical yet charming base.

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For reservations and more information, visit Dimora Amelia. With Dimora Amelia, your adventure in Puglia will be unforgettable, combining the discovery of a city rich in history with the comfort of a home away from home.

Here is the facility's fact sheet: WHERE TO SLEEP IN BARI.

Explore Bari's neighborhoods: a guide to the city's hidden treasures

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Bari, the capital of the Puglia region, is a city of incredible cultural and architectural diversity.

Each neighborhood in Bari offers a unique perspective on local history and traditions.

This guide will take you on a tour of the city's various neighborhoods, highlighting the main attractions, local cuisine, and peculiarities that make each area unique. Whether you are a tourist or a resident, discovering Bari's neighborhoods will surely enrich your experience in the city.

Bari Vecchia: The Historical Heart

Bari Vecchia is the beating heart of Bari's history, famous for its labyrinthine streets and lively nightlife. Don't miss the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola, two architectural gems. Evenings here are enlivened by clubs and restaurants serving authentic Bari cuisine.

Madonnella: A Mix of Tradition and Modernity

Located near the waterfront, the Madonnella neighborhood stands out for its lively mix of tradition and modernity. Famous for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and the Santa Scolastica market, where residents gather to buy fresh local produce, Madonnella represents the perfect balance of old and new. Visit Madonnella Republic to find more information about the neighborhood.

Murat: The Modern Center

Designed in the 19th century, the Murat district is the commercial center of the city. Characterized by perfect rectangles of streets housing fashionable stores, trendy cafes and theaters, Murat is the ideal place for shopping and culture lovers.

St. Paul's: A Neighborhood in Transformation

St. Paul is known for its dynamism and for being a melting pot of cultures. With numerous urban redevelopment projects underway, the neighborhood is fast becoming a hotspot for young professionals and families.

Carrassi: The Green Zone

Carrassi attracts those seeking a quieter life away from the city center. With its wide green spaces, such as June 2 Park, and renowned schools, it is perfect for families.

Japigia: Between Sea and City

Japigia, located between the coast and the urban fabric of Bari, offers the best of both worlds. Its proximity to beaches and easy access to the city center make Japigia a desirable area for those seeking a balance between work and leisure.

Poggiofranco: Modernity and Luxury

One of Bari's most modern and affluent neighborhoods, Poggiofranco is known for its luxury residences, modern offices, and fine dining restaurants. It is the ideal neighborhood for those seeking an exclusive and contemporary environment.

St. Paschal

This neighborhood is known for its quiet residential areas and the green lung represented by Due Giugno Park, an ideal area for relaxation and outdoor activities. San Pasquale is located further north from the center of Bari and offers a more withdrawn environment than the more touristy areas of the city.

Marconi: a stone's throw from the lighthouse

The Marconi district, also known as San Cataldo, is an area of Bari that combines industrial and residential elements, rising around Bari's lighthouse, one of the most famous in Italy. The main feature of the district is its peninsula, designed to support the activities of Bari's port. This makes Marconi a strategic point for maritime trade and logistics.

Bari, Italy - March 12, 2019: People walking through the alleys of the old city of Bari.
Bari, Italy - March 12, 2019: People walking through the alleys of the old city of Bari.

The district offers spectacular views of the sea and the entrance of ships into the harbor, creating a unique atmosphere, particularly around the lighthouse. The Bari Lighthouse, active since 1869, is an important historical landmark and one of the district's main attractions, offering breathtaking views of the city and the sea.

Each neighborhood in Bari has its own story to tell and its own secrets to discover. From the historic charm of Bari Vecchia to the modernity of Poggiofranco, the city offers a surprising range of experiences. Visiting them all will give you a full and deep understanding of what makes Bari one of Italy's most intriguing cities.

Torre a Mare: Torre a Mare is a picturesque neighborhood in Bari known for its pretty marina and small seaside village atmosphere. This area is ideal for those looking to enjoy a relaxing time along the coast, with cafes and restaurants offering sea views. Centrally located is a historic 16th-century tower, which gives the neighborhood its name and symbolizes Bari's rich maritime history. Torre a Mare is especially popular with locals and tourists alike for its quiet beauty and delicious dining options, making it a perfect destination for a day out on the town.

Facades of old Italian Mediterranean houses in Bari painted in colors.
Facades of old Italian Mediterranean houses in Bari painted in colors.

Santo Spirito: Santo Spirito is a lively neighborhood located in the northern part of Bari. Featuring a charming small harbor and a busy waterfront, Santo Spirito attracts a variety of visitors due to its authentic, maritime atmosphere. Restaurants along the harbor offer typical Apulian dishes, allowing visitors to savor local cuisine while enjoying sea views. The neighborhood is also a great starting point for exploring the surrounding areas and further immersing oneself in Bari's culture and history.

Sunset view of the touristic seafront and port of Bari, with its ferris wheel in the background.
Sunset view of the touristic seafront and port of Bari, with its ferris wheel in the background.

Plan your exploration of Bari today! Whether you decide to stroll the historic streets of Bari Vecchia or enjoy a day of shopping in Murat, each neighborhood will welcome you with something unique. Share your experiences and discoveries on social media using the hashtag #visitabari!

"BIFEST 2024" - BARI

BIFEST 2024

March 16-23, 2024 are the days dedicated to the "BIFEST 2024"
The Bif&st-Bari International Film Festival is a project placed under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic, implemented by Apulia Film Commission in collaboration with Apulia Region and PugliaPromozione in accordance with POC Puglia 2014/2020-Action 6.8 resources.

This 15th edition of Bif&st is dedicated to directors and screenwriters Giuliano Montaldo and Paolo Taviani who passed away between 2023 and 2024.

The program will include more than 130 events including screenings, film lectures, meetings, conferences, tribute to Marco Bellocchio, with the participation of 18 foreign films from some 15 countries around the world and dozens more Italian-produced films that will be presented in the Petruzzelli, Piccinni and Kursaal Theaters while Teatro Margherita will host workshops, press conferences, meetings on cinema and books.

The Bif&st-Bari International Film Festival counts tens of thousands of spectators every year and has become one of the most important Italian film events thanks to its vast offer of high cultural value

What to visit in Bari Vecchia: discovering the city within the city

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If you come to Puglia, what to visit in Bari Vecchia to discover a city with timeless charm and beauty?

Bari is the capital of the Puglia region and is located on the Adriatic coast in the "heel" of southern Italy. This ancient city can trace its roots back more than 2,000 years.

Today Bari is one of the most important economic centers in southern Italy and, thanks to its international airport and port, is an important gateway to the region.

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A walk in Bari Vecchia

Bari has a fascinating historic center that sits on a peninsula.

The old town is literally a labyrinth: small churches, picturesque alleys, crowded bars and impressive squares and soak in the atmosphere.

Bari's historic center remains intact and quite distinct from the modern developments that surround it.

The difference between Bari Vecchia and the new town.

While the old city has a maze of cobblestone streets that wind in an almost circular fashion, the modern city has a series of straight, parallel streets that speak of modernism and organization.

It is wonderful to explore the narrow streets of the old town to see the local culture, admire the beautiful buildings, and see where this great city came from. 

 

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What to visit in Bari Vecchia

Basilica of St. Nicholas

This huge church in the center of Bari is renowned for its fantastic design, opulent interior and is an important place of pilgrimage for Roman Catholics in Europe.

Built in 1197, this basilica dedicated to St. Nicholas has a Romanesque style and stands proudly in the center of Bari's old town near the port.

The front facade has some fantastic small details and sculptures, and the interior has a simply stunning gold ceiling with painted artwork.

Inside you can also find the tomb of St. Nicholas and a plethora of remarkable sculptures and mosaics.

San Sabino Church

Although considered less famous and well-known than the Basilica of St. Nicholas, the Church of St. Sabinus is still a fantastic building in its own right.

Located within walking distance of the Basilica of St. Nicholas, this church is another impressive building in Bari's historic center.

The front facade of the church has a similar design and is made of white stone and features numerous sculptures and ornate windows.

A later addition to the city of Bari, San Sabino was built in 1292 and is an important example of Romanesque architecture.

Inside are a myriad of white stone and marble designs and also a richly decorated crypt.

In addition, there are many religious relics including the tomb of St. Columba.

The Castle

This Norman castle has stood for hundreds of years and was supposedly built in the 1100s by King Roger II. It features a traditional design with a central courtyard, four main watchtowers and is surrounded by a moat on three sides.

Despite the immense age of the castles, it still remains in fantastic condition and has its original walls and towers.

Sitting in an elevated position west of the old town, the castle offers a fantastic vantage point of the city.

You can walk through the courtyard, passages, and walls and admire the fantastic architecture; there is also a selection of information panels and several interior rooms containing artifacts and exhibits on the history of the castle.

Mercantile Square

Bari's historic center is full of hidden gems, and Piazza Mercantile is one such discovery-Located on the east side of the city near the harbor, this square is a fascinating place to visit, and the architecture is picturesque and eye-catching. This square will transport you to another time and truly resembles a typical Mediterranean coastal resort: different colored shutters cover the windows, washes hang on small balconies, and plants and shrubs line the rooftops. Try to find a place to eat or sit under one of the shady canopies and enjoy a coffee or admire the decorative fountains.