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In Bari Vecchia
Take a flight to Bari and wander down the little streets of the historic Bari Vecchia quarter. This quaint and charming district abounds with cobblestone streets, arched doorways and historical buildings. It is also home to the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the castle, Bari Cathedral, the Diocesan Museum and Simi Palace.
Travel back in time at the Simi Palace
The 16th-century Simi Palace is located in the old town. When you visit, take in the Renaissance architecture and additional Baroque features. Inside, you’ll find a number of rare archaeological artefacts. And there’s a surprise in store in the cellar: the ruins of a Byzantine church! If you love history, the Simi Palace is a must.
Appreciate art at the gallery
The Corrado Giaquinto art gallery features several major collections, mainly focused on the period between the Renaissance and 18th century. Works by Tintoretto, Veronese, Corrado Giaquinto and many others are on display here. The gallery is housed in the Palace of the Province, so you should also take a moment to admire the building when you visit!
An evening at the Petruzzelli theatre
Audiences can enjoy a range of operas and classical music concerts at the beautiful Petruzzelli theatre. The theatre was first constructed at the start of the 20th century, but was rebuilt in 2009 after a fire. Keep an evening free to enjoy a famous aria or two in this unbelievable venue.
Take a walk down pasta street!
Foodies should head to Arco Basso for an authentic Italian experience. This little lane is also known as the “Strada delle Orecchiette” (Orecchiette Street), as you can watch the locals make orecchiette pasta in the traditional way. The ladies carry their tables out onto the street and get to work in front of you!
Orecchiette: Apulia's favourite pasta
In Bari, you can’t escape orecchiette. These little ear-shaped pieces of pasta are an Apulian speciality. They are served with either vegetables or seafood. Purists often just go for a splash of olive oil and a sprinkling of parmesan.
Taralli, a culinary delight
Before a meal, there’s nothing better than a pre-dinner drink with taralli to nibble on. These salty, ring-shaped crackers are highly addictive! Some are flavoured with wine or sprinkled with seeds. Everyone has their own recipe and their favourite kind. You also get sweet tarallicoated in icing sugar. These are particularly popular at Christmas.
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