Exploring Bari – 09/2017

    Exploring Bari – 09/2017

    Center map

    Bari is a major port city in southern Italy with a population of over 300,000 people. It has a rich history that dates back over 3,000 years ago when the first settlements appeared in this area. By the 5th century BCE, the ancient Greeks had already taken control of the city. It is believed that the patron saint of the city is St. Nicholas, whose remains are kept in the Basilica San Nicola.

    When we arrived in Bari during the velvet season, we expected to enjoy an average temperature of +25° to +27°, but instead, we were met with rain and +17° weather. However, we quickly adjusted our plans and turned our beach vacation into an educational and sightseeing trip.

    Despite the circumstances, Bari was the first Italian city that left a neutral impression on us. Interestingly, the city center is not typical for southern Italy as all streets intersect at right angles. It was surprising to see such a layout in this part of Italy.

    Overall, the city did not captivate us, although we stayed there for several days. Nonetheless, we managed to explore some of the city’s attractions, such as the medieval Old Town with its narrow streets and alleys, ancient churches, and the grand Norman-Swabian Castle.

    One of the most memorable experiences was visiting the fish market in the early morning. It was a bustling place with vendors selling a wide variety of fresh fish and seafood, as well as local cheeses and olive oils. The vibrant colors and smells of the market were a feast for the senses, and we even had a chance to try some of the seafood specialties.

    We also visited the modern part of the city, which is home to numerous shops and boutiques. It was interesting to see how the city has evolved over time, from its ancient roots to its modern-day offerings.

    Overall, while Bari may not have left a lasting impression on us, it was still a worthwhile destination to visit, with its rich history and unique charm. We would recommend it to anyone looking for an off-the-beaten-path city to explore in southern Italy.

    1. The Approaching Storm from the Sea.

    It was truly impressive to see the storm approaching from the sea. However, we had to quickly run and find the nearest cafe to take shelter from the rain.

    Гроза в Бари

    2. The ancient castle in Bari was built in 1131 by a Sicilian king. However, it was destroyed in 1156 by another Sicilian king. It was only in 1233 that the castle was restored by yet another Sicilian king, who was also the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II.

    The castle is a true marvel of architecture, with its imposing walls and towers that have stood the test of time. It has seen centuries of history unfold, from the turbulent medieval times to the modern age.

    Castello Normanno-Svevo

    3. View of the San Sabino Cathedral (1178).  The San Sabino Cathedral, built in 1178, is a true masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. Its towering walls and intricate façade are a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the builders who constructed it.

    Кафедральный Собор Сан Сабино

    4. This year, military patrols were stationed at all major tourist sites to monitor potential dangers.


    5. One of the most charming features of Italy’s cities and towns are their narrow streets.

    Старый город

    6. Palazzo del Sedile is an old town hall located in the bustling Trading Square. The building has a rich history, dating back to the 16th century when it was used as a meeting place for local officials.

    The architecture of Palazzo del Sedile is a stunning example of Italian Renaissance style, with ornate columns and arches adorning the façade. Inside, visitors can explore the building’s various rooms and chambers, including the council chamber and the court room.

    Today, Palazzo del Sedile serves as a museum, offering visitors a glimpse into Italy’s political past. The museum’s exhibits include historical artifacts, documents, and artwork, all of which help tell the story of Italy’s rich political and cultural heritage.

    Palazzo del Sedile

    7. Basilica of Saint Nicholas, where it is believed that the relics of Saint Nicholas are kept. I have never heard so much Russian speech in any other city in Italy as I did here. It is managed by the Moscow Patriarchate.

    Basilica San Nicola
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