Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Bari is a city rich in history, tradition, and culture. Annexed as part of the Roman Empire in the Third Century BC, the city subsequently fell under control of the Lombards, Byzantines, Berbers, Saracens, and the Normans. Bari served as an important port city, falling between Eastern and Western Europe as well as Africa and the Middle East. It is also home to some of the region’s landmark architecture, including the Basilica of San Nicola and the Castello Svevo built in the 12th century.
Moreover, some of the most beautiful places in the region of Apuglia are a day-trip away from Bari, including the Castel del Monte, the beautiful sea-side cities of Trani and Polignano a Mare, the caves of Castellana, and the Trulli of Alberobello.
One of the best kept secrets in Italy, Bari is a platform from which to explore a region so immensely rich in culture. Notable musicians Nino Rota and Niccolò Piccinni lived in Bari, and the city is home to the Petruzzelli Theatre, the fourth largest theatre in Italy and the largest privately owned theatre in Europe.