Bari, the capital city of Apulia, has always been an important city for exchanges with Eastern Europe. It is also the third biggest city in Southern Italy after Napoli and Palermo, which makes it an important economic and cultural center.

As a result, there are many reasons why you should travel to Bari: it can be for tourism, for work, or even just for a concert.

In this article, you will find a guide on where to stay in Bari, a list of the best places to stay according to your needs.

Bari Vecchia

Bari Vecchia, as the name suggests, is the historical center of the city. It is the ideal area for those who come to Bari for tourism and want to visit the city. In fact, it can be both a calm neighborhood but also very alive, thanks to the many restaurants that offer excellent typical cuisine. Moreover, moving is very easy, as everything can be reached on foot, but also with efficient public transport (you can check it here).

Bari Vecchia is full of little streets covered with pebbles, which date back to the medieval period of the city. In fact, among those streets, there are some of the main attractions, such as the Swabian Castle. Above all, in Bari Vecchia, you can find the Church of San Nicola, a magnificent church in Romanesque style which is also one of the symbols of the city, and a point of contact between Catholics and Orthodox.

Murat district

The Murat district extends from the seafront to the railway station, due to the fact it was designed as an extension of Bari Vecchia, on the model of Barcelona and Madrid. Certainly, it’s the trendiest neighborhood in the city because it’s close to the University and there are many exclusive clubs.

Moreover, Murat is the main shopping district of Bari, where there are high fashion shops. Therefore, it’s very elegant, you can find many palaces in Liberty style and many restaurants where you can try the excellent Apulian culinary art.

In conclusion, it’s the ideal area for those who want to visit the city but also enjoy it at night: in fact, it’s close to the main attractions and one of the main railway stations.

The harbor area

Firstly, it's obvious why the harbor is one of the main attractions in Bari. It is a city that grew because of the commercial exchanges by sea, as it’s always been a door between Western and Eastern Europe.

Secondly, the harbor of Bari is very big, demonstrating that it’s always been important throughout the centuries. As a result, the area has very differentiated architectures, both old and new styles, but still very elegant and suggestive.

Here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the seafront and it’s a very calm neighborhood, far from the big flux of tourists like in Bari Vecchia.

Hence, it’s the ideal neighborhood for those who want to visit the city but also come back to a quiet place, as well as for those who have to catch a boat.

Some information about Bari

Bari is a very old city and it has its own history and attractions, which go from the rustic historical center to the elegant Murat area.

So, you can visit those main attractions. For example, some of them are Church of San Nicola, Bari Vecchia, Norman-Swabian Castle, Palazzo dell'Acquedotto Pugliese, and Palazzo Mincuzzi.

In addition to that, the cuisine in Bari, as well as Apulian one, is famous for the high quality of the raw materials. You absolutely have to try the orecchiette, which is often served with turnip greens or ragù made with horse meat. You also have to try riso alla barese, served with potatoes and mussels.

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March 12th, 2021