I stayed here while attending a conference at the uni and L'Orangerie was a convenient easy 15 minute walk away. The villa is a good 40 minutes walk into the city but there are good bus services running from just outside. Taxi's to/from Bari train station were about 10euros (its30 from the airport). The villa is gorgeous, set in its own orange and olive groves but bizarrely in the midst of high rise offices, banks and the childrens hospital! Beautifully furnished rooms, modern furniture but all italianate and suiting the old building perfecty. High ceilings, ornate beds, oil paintings, modern bathroom with full size shower. Breakfast served in the central lobby, cakes, cereals, good coffee, yoghurts, jams and crackers (sadly no bread, cheese or eggs). Staff very helpful and snacks and coffees can be ordered most of the day until about 8pm. Parking on site, very secure (the whole premises are accessed via electric gates - if I had been travelling as a woman alone in a strange place I would have liked this very much as the gardens are very pleasant). Not much english spoken so you really need to make an effort. Payment was requested in cash which was a bit of a shock! I think there are 5 rooms for rent, from what we could see it was busy mainly with italian families stopping over en route to/from the international airport. Plenty of really good restaurants nearby. Bari itself is decepetive - it looks pretty run down and grotty but actually I felt really safe here and like that they do things the old way, traditional values. Top tip, use public transport and do travel further afield - Matera and the sassi (troglodyte cave city) is only an hour away on a lovely rain ride and is a spectacular Unesco world heritage site.
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