Bari, The Adriatic Coast, The Barletta-Andria-Trani Area
Bari, Monopoli, Giovinazzo, Polignano a mare, names that evoke all shades of blue, the warm hospitality of Southern Italy, the flavours of Puglia, the walks through alleyways leading to the sea.
First of all Bari, the capital of Puglia, a charming and lively city, with a beautiful historic centre where you can come across pubs, cafes and tiny restaurants, women busy making homemade pasta in their doorway, craft shops. Bari is definitely the right place to taste the typical orecchiette and let yourself be seduced by the flavours of yesteryear.
Beautiful small towns and villages follow one another along the Bari coastline, all worth visiting to enjoy stunning views. The most popular towns include Polignano a mare, famous for being the birthplace of singer Domenico Modugno and for its small cove nestled between sheer cliffs, regularly photographed by tourists from all over the world; the old town of Giovinazzo, where you can enjoy a stroll along its characteristic alleys leading to a marina; but also Monopoli, with its lovely historic centre, and Trani, with its scenic seafront cathedral.
Besides the coastline, also worth exploring is the hinterland, with the Alta Murgia National Park, stretching in the socalled BAT area, the province of Puglia encompassing the wonderful towns of Barletta, Andria, and Trani. This area is known as Imperial Puglia, as it was dear to Frederick II of Hohenstaufen: here we find the world-famous Castel del Monte, the “magical” castle built by Frederick II and now listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
You can’t miss the beautiful town of Barletta, scene of the famous 1503 Challenge, and Margherita di Savoia, known for its salt flats.