What I did:
Basilica San Nicola and St. Nicholas Monument-
The main attraction in Bari is the Basilica San Nicola. There is a memorial shrine to Saint Nick at his gravesite below the Basilica. There is a monument to St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus) just outside the building. While my sister and I were there a wedding was taking place inside the Basilica, but we were still able to see the inside of the building and the crypt below the building. Recently, there have been rumors that the wrong body was brought to Bari, and the actual Santa Claus was buried in Turkey. However, many historians still believe Santa Claus is buried below the Basilica San Nicola.
Lungomare e Murat-
I walked along the Bari coastline, known as the Lungomare e Murat. It had some nice waterfront views of the Adriatic Sea, and would be a nice place to go for a run.
Citta Vecchia and Piazzas-
I also walked through the streets of the old city, or Citta Vecchia, and some of the squares, or piazzas. It was a very cool place to explore. The old architecture was very interesting and there were multiple places to grab a good bite to eat.
Where I ate:
Mastro Ciccio is a very good, laid back cafe with very good food for good prices.
Bacio di Latte-
Bacio di Latte is an Italian chain of coffe shops/cafes. It was a nice place to grab a coffee and a small bite to eat, as well as recharge my batteries after taking an overnight train the night before.
Panaficio Santa Rita-
Panaficio Santa Rita had some of the best Focaccia I have ever had. Also, the prices were very good.
How I got around and where I stayed:
I arrived in the morning hours in Bari after taking a train overnight from Rome, then left later that day on a boat to Greece. Although I was just passing through, I had a day to see and eat a few things. While in Bari I walked everywhere I went.
My favorite thing:
The food I ate in Bari was very good and had good prices. Most of the top restaurants in Bari have inexpensive prices.
My least favorite thing:
While in Bari I wanted to purchase some food items and toiletries, but it took a long time to find anything resembling a grocery store. If I lived there longer I would probably be more familiar with where things are, but it was tough to find as someone just passing through.
For next time:
I only had one day in Bari, so there is a lot I didn’t get to see and do. At the top of the list for me would be visiting some of the beaches around Bari.
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