🇮🇹 Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in southern Italy. It is an important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy, a port and university city.
Bari is made up of four different urban sections. To the north is the closely built old town on the peninsula between two modern harbours, with the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Hohenstaufen Castle built for Frederick II, which is now also a major nightlife district. To the south is the Murat quarter, the modern heart of the city, which is laid out on a rectangular grid-plan with a promenade on the sea and the major shopping district, the via Sparano and via Argiro.
Modern residential zones surrounding the centre of Bari were built during the 1960s and 1970s replacing the old suburbs that had developed along roads splaying outwards from gates in the city walls. In addition, the outer suburbs developed rapidly during the 1990s. The city has a redeveloped airport, Karol Wojtyła Airport, with connections to several European cities.
The Norman-Hohenstaufen Castle, widely known as the Castello Svevo (Swabian Castle), was built by Roger II of Sicily around 1131. Destroyed in 1156, it was rebuilt by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. The castle now serves as a gallery for a variety of temporary exhibitions in the city.
Transport Bari has its own airport, Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, which is located 8 km (5.0 mi) north-west of the centre of Bari. It is connected to the centre by train services from Bari Aeroporto railway station. Bari Central Station lies on the Adriatic railway and has connection to cities such as Rome, Milan, Bologna, Turin and Venice. Another mainline is connection southwards by the Bari-Taranto railway. The Bari metropolitan railway service operates local commuter services; while regional services also operate to Foggia, Barletta, Brindisi, Lecce, Taranto and other towns and villages in the Apulia region. Bari has an old fishery port (Porto Vecchio) and a so-called new port in the north, as well as some marinas. The Port of Bari is an important cargo transport hub to S.E. Europe. Various passenger transport lines include some seasonal ferry lines to Albania, Montenegro or Dubrovnik. Bari-Igoumenitsa is a popular ferry line to Greece, some cruise ships anchor in Bari too.
Bari was ranked #351 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Bari has a population of over 320,257 people. Bari also forms part of the wider City of Bari metropolitan area which has a population of over 750,000 people. Bari is the #350 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.1689 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores.
Twin Towns – Sister Cities Bari is twinned with: 🇧🇦 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina; 🇬🇪 Batumi, Georgia; 🇬🇷 Corfu, Greece; 🇦🇱 Durrës, Albania; 🇨🇳 Guangzhou, China; 🇷🇺 Kostroma, Russia; 🇦🇷 Mar del Plata, Argentina; 🇮🇹 Monte Sant'Angelo, Italy; 🇪🇸 Palma de Mallorca, Spain; 🇬🇷 Patras, Greece; 🇮🇹 San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy; 🇵🇱 Słupsk, Poland; 🇵🇱 Szczecin, Poland