Bari is well-known as a Mediterranean trading port and a university city, but some of its most noteworthy landmarks are very old. The Basilica of Saint Nicolas in Bari, built nearly a millennium ago, is a must-see for anyone passing through this part of Italy. It is even better if you can come in early May, when the town holds a huge celebration in honor of this saint. People from around the Puglia region converge on Bari for a three-day festival with parades, costumes, and a Eucharist service officiated by the Archbishop of Bari. Take some time to wander around the rest of the city’s medieval district; there are many other historic churches worth seeing here.

The city is accessible by air, train, or ferry (from Greece and Albania), and buses or taxis will transport you from the station to downtown Bari, so there should be no need to drive. Public transportation is overseen by AMTAB; you will have to call 800-450444 for information about bus schedules, or find a phone book to get a map of the lines. Ryanair has flights from London, Stansted to Bari, Palese and Brindisi.

The key to visiting Bari is to travel to the small towns that are just a day trip away such. Towns such as Ostuni, Trani, Polignano to name but a few are diverse and entertaining. The food in the region is spectacular and the mozzerella is out of this world. The people of the city are extremely proud of their heritage and most eager to present a good impression, so don't be shy about talking to young people who are eager to practice their english.

Visitors from the United States who wish to rent a car should be aware that an international driver’s license is required. Most cars in Italy are manual transmission, and automatic shifts will cost a pretty penny from car rental agencies. Driving also tends to be more aggressive here; tailgating, ignoring traffic signals and cutting cars off are common.