Bari is the capital of the Puglia region and one of the largest cities in the south of Italy. Typical maritime and market city, Bari developed industrially in the second half of the twentieth century and nowadays hosts important trade fairs.
Among the most popular attractions in Bari there are the Basilica, that houses the relics of St. Nicholas (www.basilicasannicola.it), Bari Vecchia (Old Town), a picturesque old quarter and historic attractions crowded into a maze of narrow streets at the end of a peninsula, the Castello (castle), originally a Byzantine-Romanesque building, reconstructed by Frederick II in 1233 in Norman-Swabian style, the Lungomare Augusto Imperatore, that follows the east shore of the old town to the Mole San Antonio, where a small fort has been turned into a gallery for modern art and another great seafront, Lungomare Nazario Sauro, running along the old harbor, the Porto Vecchio, The Petruzzelli Theater, a magnificent theater, completed in 1903 and re-opened in 2009 after the fire that almost completely destroyed it in 1991.
It is worth also to stroll around the Borgo Murattiano is the business and commercial center of Bari, with its elegant builging, separated from the old town by the long, broad Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.
In the neighborough areas towns like Trani and Polignano, on the coast, and Castel del Monte do also deserve a visit.