The historic part of town, in the north of Bari, is home to many ancient buildings of religious and historical interest. The neighborhood has a distinctly medieval feel, as it is filled with churches from the Middle Ages. The most famous, of course, is the Basilica di San Nicola, dedicated to Saint Nicolas. Though the saint was originally from Myra, his remains were transported to and housed in the basilica at Bari. There are other notable buildings as well, like the church of S. Giacomo or the house of S. Marco. In recent times, nightclubs have been opened here, giving the district somewhat of a party atmosphere after dark.

The more modern part of town, divided from the medieval by Corso Vittorio Emanuele, is better planned; the streets are straight and conform to a grid system. Much of the city’s best shopping can be found here. There are also attractions like a waterside promenade, medieval wall and trading ports.

The Via Capruzzi runs through the financial hub that surrounds the center of Bari; there are many business offices, markets and stores in this modern area, which was developed hurriedly during the 1960s and 1970s. Outside of this is a ring of suburbs known as Mungivacca that is mostly residential. City buses cover this entire area quite well, commuting workers into the heart of Bari everyday.