Gateway to the East

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Bari in Italy Known as the “Gateway to the East” due to its long tradition of trade, this capital of Apulia is rich in history: see with your own eyes the town of Bari Vecchia and the surrounding area. Bari is the second-biggest economic hub in the region after Naples, thanks to its access to several shipping lanes and the largest port on Italy’s Adriatic coast. However, Bari is more than just a coastline, it is a genuinely off-the-beaten-path location with fantastic cuisine, castles, cathedrals, and hospitable locals. One of the most breathtaking and unforgettable locations in southern Italy is Bari. This city’s history dates back to the Roman Empire, and travelling around Bari on foot is a treat.

It is also widely regarded as Italy’s most beautiful coastline, and it is probably difficult for you to disagree. You can choose rocky or sandy beaches in Polignano a Mare, which offers particularly alluring waves. Smooth white pebbles make Cala Porto so well-known, and sand is found in Porto Cavallo.

Take in Bari Old Town

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Italy is home to many impressive old towns with unique charm. The Bari Old Town is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways and ancient structures that showcase the city’s multiethnic past. It’s simple to become lost for hours by exploring the congested streets and alleys.

Piazza Mercantile

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Every adventurer’s itinerary should include a stop at Piazza Mercantile. Learn about its historical significance or relax and observe daily life.

Suppose you’re on a tight budget. Piazza Mercantile is an excellent site to start your exploration of Old Town, and you won’t have to pay anything to use this public area. Nearby attractions that are worthwhile include Bari Cathedral, Pane e Pomodoro Beach, and Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle.

Strada delle Orecchiette -Pasta-making culture in Bari’s streets

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The Strada Arco Basso, also known as the Strada delle Orecchiette, is a well-known street in Bari where women produce, dry, and sell fresh orecchiette pasta outside their homes. One of the most excellent things to do in Bari is to stroll down this quaint street.

But what makes their items the best among all the hand-made goods, and what is their trade secret? There is yet to be a feasible response to this query. As the saying goes, the secret cannot be revealed; otherwise, you risk losing the treasure passed down through the generations. What can appear to regular tourists as a simple artisanal production is a precious treasure that the ladies and all the locals value above all else and are always obligated to protect and preserve. Anyone who has tasted these women’s creations knows they are endowed with magic since a spoonful of their food can instantly transport you to heaven.

Fisherman and fresh food in Porto Vecchia (City of salt)

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Did you know that the previous saltworks at the mouth of the Stabiacciu river gave Porto-Vecchio its moniker, “the city of salt”? Even though the salt marshes haven’t been used, nature has taken back the land and the pink flamingos that lounge on the outskirts of this enormous, untouched area is a sight to behold.

Porto is a seafood lover’s dream. No matter the time of year, there’s always an excellent excuse to venture out in quest of mouthwatering shellfish or flawlessly grilled fish, and Porto is a great place to try octopus if you have yet to do so.

Porto-Vecchio, the third-largest city in Corsica, is perched on a rocky ledge overlooking the bay beneath the Bavella Needles. The city perfectly combines extraordinary architectural legacy with expansive, pine-lined beaches and the natural beauty of the Corsican hinterland. It is dominated by the citadel, a fortification erected by the Genoese in the 16th century and a designated historical monument.

Beach leisure in Mola Di Bari

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This beach’s coastline is rockier and craggier, with some shallow water and a stony sea bottom mixed in with the sand. It provides various diving chances for those who enjoy beach and water sports.

Largo Albicocca

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Largo Albicocca is one of the locations to keep in mind for mingling with the locals. This tiny but showy square is now a destination for locals and visitors, especially since it underwent renovation. Stop by for an evening or dinner in the glory of the thousands of LED lights between the structures.

Bari’s Castello Normanno-Svevo

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The Castello Normanno-Svevo di Bari, a large and impressive landmark of the city, is situated on the outskirts of the old town. During your trip to the city, you should unquestionably schedule a visit to the Bari fortress. You may walk around the fortress because it is no longer on the water. A few palm trees line the border of the once-green moat. Behind it, tall, solid, plain walls with sizable corner bastions rise. Few gaps face externally, and everything is built for effective defence.

Happy travels!

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