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Located in southern Italy, the coastal city of Bari is thriving and has plenty to offer holidaymakers. It is fair to say that the capital of Puglia has not always enjoyed such a reputation, but over recent times its historic old town has been rejuvenated. During the daytime, you can wander around its maze of atmospheric streets, while in the evenings the piazzas come to life. You can spend your Euros in the trendy restaurants and bars on offer here or why not consider checking out cheap flights to other beautiful Italian destinations?
Bari has plenty to offer year-round, but for the best weather conditions, late spring and early autumn can be wonderful. By travelling at this time, you can avoid the very hottest temperatures, as well as the biggest crowds.
Direct flights operate from the UK to Bari's Karol Wojtyla or Palese Airport and the journey takes less than three hours. Upon arrival at the hub, you'll have no more than a 20-minute trip to the city centre, and you can hire cars or use taxis. In Bari itself, walking is the best way to get around. The central part of the city is compact and it takes just 15 minutes to get from the Piazza Aldo Moro to the old town. If you opt to drive instead, it's important to note that street parking can be tricky. However, you can take advantage of a large free parking area south of the main port entrance.
For sheer beauty, Bari's Basilica di San Nicola is hard to beat. This Norman church is a fine example of Puglian-Romanesque style and it was built to house the relics of St Nicholas. To this day, the construction remains an important place of pilgrimage. Also well worth a look is the Castello Svevo. A Norman castle, it features corner towers that overhang a moat. Meanwhile, you can spend hours wandering around the Bari Vecchia. Contained in this small labyrinth of alleyways there are no fewer than 40 churches and 120 shrines.