Bari is a typical southern Italian town with chaotic and noisy traffic, temper and arm gestures of the people, and vibrant street life. But it all happens in a cozy, friendly, and welcoming way, typical for the South.
Throughout history, Bari is a typical merchant's and sailor's city. The historic old town, with its many churches, squares, and castle, is well preserved. It is not a visit to the monuments that will make the visit worthwhile, but the cozy atmosphere.
The historical center of Bari is not really big and can be visited in a few hours. Bari is fun because of the atmosphere and interesting because of some landmarks. The visit can be combined with an excursion to the distant Alberobello.
Popular ports for an excursion to Bari are: