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BARI, THE UNIQUE HEEL OF THE WORLD
Nestled against the sea in the heart of Apulia, the "Queen of the Adriatic" is the ideal city for travelers looking to soak up some Mediterranean atmosphere, or for lovers of culture and cuisine.
In the historic center, amidst the still impressive remains of the medieval city walls, you can visit the fascinating Basilica of Saint Nicholas, built in 1197 in different architectural styles and complete with a crypt containing the tomb of the eponymous saint, adorned with an original mosaic. Another site worth seeing is the 11th-century Bari Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Sabino), which blends baroque and Roman styles and features 14th-century frescoes, a solemn bell tower and traces of the original floor.
If you're looking for something more bohemian, the New Bari district is a modern showcase for local culture and shopping. From Teatro Piccinni—designed by Antonio Niccolini, who also created the Teatro di San Carlo opera house in Naples—to the magnificent Teatro Petruzzelli and the evocative setting of Teatro Margherita: theater companies have a wonderful choice of show venues in this city.
When you think of Bari, you think of orecchiette pasta with broccoli rabe! Among the most famous and popular dishes of Italy, this delicacy is one of the oldest traditions, kept alive by the women of Bari, who still make the dough by hand on their wooden kneading boards and leave it to dry in the sun outside their houses. If you happen to stroll through the city's narrow lanes, the sight of this spectacular homemade golden pasta is guaranteed to make your mouth water.
A short distance from Bari, you will discover three places in Apulia that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Castel del Monte, the Trulli of Alberobello and the Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo.