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Bari: A beautiful port city on the Adriatic Coast

June 14, 2011 - 2:26am
Bari Port
Travelers heading to Italy on a cruise vacation would be remiss if they did not visit the beautiful commune of Bari on the Adriatic coast in the Puglia region. As an urban port city, Bari is known for its mix of a picturesque shoreline with historic attractions and a buzzing downtown area.

For a relaxing retreat, vacationers can spend the day at Pane e Pomodoro Beach, which is the closest stretch of sand to the city. They can also head over to the Old and New Ports on the harbor to see ships of all sizes sailing the sea.

As for the history of Bari, one can get a glimpse into the Italian city’s background when visiting the Basilica di San Nicola, an 11th century structure that is one of the four Palatine churches in Puglia. This site is a popular destination for Eastern European Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians embarking on a religious pilgrimage.

Those who are interested in architecture may want to check out the Bari Cathedral, which features a mix of styles from the past. It was first built with Byzantine stylings before it was destroyed and reconstructed as a Romanesque monument. Inside, visitors can discover its Baroque interior design.

Other attractions to visit include the Petruzzelli Theatre, Swabian Castle and Pinacoteca Provinciale di Bari.