The Costa di Bari lies in the province Bari, surrounding the eponymous capital of Apulia. The coastline stretches along the Adriatic Sea and offers a large variety of wonderful beaches and historic coastal villages.

Bari and its beautiful coast

Provincial capital Bari – a city with two faces

The capital Bari is a city with two faces: On one side the historic old town with small crooked streets, where life happens on the streets. And on the other side the modern city centre with chequered business districts, wide avenues and luxury boutiques.

The boulevard Corso Emanuele II separates both areas from each other, emphasizing the gap between rich and poor. There are many architectonical and cultural treasures in Bari, such as the Basilica San Nicola in the old town, the cathedral San Sabino and the Norman castle of Friechdrich II. The famous Teatro Petruzzelli on the Corso Cavour is one of the biggest private theatres in Italy and the archaeological museum is worth a visit as well. The best shopping areas offer the modern part of the city, on the Via Sparano and the Corso Cavour.

Beautiful coastal towns Trani and Barletta

The harbour village Trani lies north of Bari and dazzles with numerous historical buildings, which are mainly built of the reddish stone Pietra Tranese, which characterizes the city image. The natural stone is still mined in the quarries around Trani. The cathedral San Nicola Pellegrino is an impressing monument right at the ocean. It was honoured to the pilgrim St. Nicholas. A further architectural masterpiece right at the sea is the castle of the emperor Friedrich II, which was built in 1233. Trani also dazzles with its picturesque fishing harbour with cute fish restaurants and cafés. The strategical location of Trani at the Adriatic Coast made it once a wealthy trading centre.

Going northwards, you will reach Barletta, which is very down-to-earth and characterized by trade. The Castello Federiciano lies at the coast and once was the symbol of the power of the Stauffer and their successors. It once was the scenery for coronations and legislative amendments.

The impressive cathedral Santa Maria Maggiore combines Roman and Gothic architecture and dazzles with its Gothic ribbed vault. The gigantic bronze statue Colosso di Eraclio was built in the 5th century and is the symbol of Barletta today.

Scenic pearls at the Costa di Bari

Southwest from Bari lies the beautiful village Polignano a Mare, which is popular for its spectacular location. It sticks to the craggy cliffs of the coastline like a nest of a seagulls and offers a picturesque image with its whitewashed houses in front of the azure ocean. Underneath the city, the rocks are riddled with sea caves, which were washed out by the sea water.

The small beach of Polignano a Mare was honoured for its outstanding water quality and is one of the most popular beaches of the region. Historically, it was characterized by the Spaniards, the Normans, the Arabs and the Byzantines. The small bridge Via Traiana was built in the Roman period.

If you go further south, you will reach the picturesque village Monópoli, which was built in pre-Christian times by the Greek. It once was a small village and belonged to the city of Egnázia, which was destroyed by the Goths’ king Totila and all the inhabitants escaped to Monopoli, which means “only city”. The Grotta della Mura, is famous for its excavations from the Paleolithic. Both cities once were important for the trading with Greece.

The small village Conversano lies in the hinterland of the Costa di Bari. It was characterized by the Normans and Stauffer and its main attraction is a medieval fortress. The cathedral Cattedrale di Conversano with its beautiful portal is worth a visit as well.

Polignano a Mare in the Province of Bari

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