Bari can safely compete in the number of attractions with the most popular cities in Europe. The capital of the Italian region of Apulia combines everything that a curious tourist needs: the magnificence of architectural monuments, natural beauty, places of pilgrimage. The city is historically divided into two parts: the old and the new Bari. Here you can see with your own eyes the ancient buildings that were built before the birth of the Roman Empire.
The old part of the capital was once a fishing harbor in the Mediterranean, where the ancient Greeks reigned. Today, many buildings are preserved in excellent condition.
How around the city
to get despite the fact that Bari is very pleasant to walk on foot since the city center is very small, the vehicle is still useful. Taxis are often expensive, and public buses are not always convenient. Therefore, the most optimal solution will be – rolling machine.
It will take a lot of time and effort for an average tourist to explore around 30 churches and other historical places. Therefore, it is more expedient to immediately rent a car. In order not to run through the streets of the capital in search of car rental companies, it is better to book a vehicle in advance.
Many rental leaders offer their customers to pick up cars for rent immediately at the airport. To do this, just find a rental car. It is worth noting that in most cases the car is rented with a full tank, so you should not worry about it. It is advisable to take a rental car with a navigator to make it easier to navigate in unfamiliar terrain.
Basilica of St. Nicholas
One of the most significant religious sites of Bari. St. Nicholas Basilica is a popular pilgrimage site. Its construction was carried out from 1087 to 1197. Externally, the church looks more like a castle with low massive towers. The basilica has been repeatedly restored and is open to the public today. It has a museum, which contains important historical exhibits, including a rare collection of medieval candlesticks.
Translated the name of this part of the city literally translated as Old Bari. About 40 churches are concentrated in a relatively small area. Here you can find more than 100 sanctuaries. This is a kind of open-air labyrinth – a whole block with winding streets and aisles, where there are many bars and restaurants. Even in the dark, there is quite lively. By the way, this is where the Basilica of St. Nicholas is located next to the church of St. Gregory.