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    Bari Land,  Itria Valley

    Safari Zoo & Fasanolandia

    This is a place that all children and their parents will love, this is where you can be in contact with nature and animals and have a great fun within the amusement park. This permanent structure that hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year is located just outside the town of Fasano in the Brindisi Province. It consists of the safari zoo, the wildlife pedestrian park and the amusement park known as Fasanolondia. The entire complex is the biggest in Italy and one of the biggest in Europe. Main attraction is the Zoosafari, this is a great wildlife park that houses about 1,700 specimens of 200 species. Here the…

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    Bari Land,  Beach & Coast

    Polignano a Mare

    Polignano a Mare is a town in the province of Bari. Its origins date back to the Neolithic period (5th millennium BC), it was known as Neapolis during ancient Greek times and became an important trading center and seaport under the Romans. Polignano a Mare is a pearl on the Adriatic Sea, the oldest part of the town lies on limestone cliffs and overlooks the sea. Of particular interest are his natural caves scattered around its territory where several remains of prehistoric human settlement have been found. But most important and characteristic are the caves along its coast. Dug by the force of the sea which has shaped the rocks over the…

  • Bari Land,  Itria Valley

    Locorotondo

    Locorotondo is a village in the province of Bari with a population of about 14,000 people, well connected by public transports and easily accessible by car, Locorotondo is certainly worth a visit while in Southern Italy. Its name derives from the Latin Locus Rotundus meaning round place to prove the fact that the village had a circular shape which still remains today. Built on top of a hill and surrounded by a wall Locorotondo is certainly the most beautiful natural balcony over the Valle d’Itria. From its panoramic viewpoint, you can see thousands of trulli, a typical Mediterranean scrub forest, olive groves and vineyards that surround the Masserie. The the…

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    Art & Culture,  Bari Land

    Egnazia Ruins Puglia – Archaeological Site

    Along the Adriatic coast between Monopoli and Savelletri is where the Archaeological Park with the ruins of Egnazia is located. This site that occupies 40 hectares of land is today the most important archaeological site that has been discovered in Puglia. The ancient Gnathis was a very important Greek-Messapian town which dated as far back as the 13th century BC. Photo Credits Flickr The first human settlement dates as far back as the 13th century during the Bronze Age when a simple village of huts was built. In the 11th century BC during the Iron Age it was invaded by a civilization coming from the Balkans and called Iapigi. In…

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    Bari Land,  Top 10 To See

    Castel del Monte

    Castel del Monte is a castle located near Andria, it was built in the 13th century by order of the Frederick II (during the Swabian domain in Puglia) and it’s probably the most famous buildings that the Emperor ordered to build during his long empire. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Photo Credits Flickr The building, still perfectly preserved, is characteristic for its octagonal shape and is a splendid example of a medieval military building. Extraordinary mix of Northern Europe and Oriental architecture elements, the castle has an octagonal plan with eight towers, also octagonal, located at its vertices. Despite being named and known as being…

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    Bari Land,  Itria Valley,  Nature & Parks,  Top 10 To See

    Castellana Caves

    Castellana Caves (Castellana Grotte) is a small town in the province of Bari. The town bases its economy mainly on agriculture and tourism. It has a very nice historic center with many ancient buildings dating back to the 17th century.   The town links its name primarily to the enchanting beauty of its caves, the largest and most picturesque complex of caves in Italy and one of the main tourist destination in Puglia. The formation of these karst caves dates back about as far as 90 million years ago. The presence of the caves had been known since the 18th century as people used to tell stories about monsters and ghosts living…

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    Bari Land

    Barletta

    Barletta is a large city located north of Bari on the Adriatic coast, and together with Andria and Trani is the capital of the Barletta-Andria-Trani (BAT) province. Easy to reach, Barletta is a nice place to stop by and admire its historic city center. Photo Credits Michele Flickr The origins of Barletta date back the 3rd century BC and during the Roman Empire was known as Bardulos or Barulum. The city expanded under the Norman, Swabian and particularly the Angevin domain when it acquired importance as a fortress and became a crucial hub for trade with the East thanks to its fleet of commercial transport ships. Its long and rich history…

  • Bari Land,  Beach & Coast

    Bari

    Bari is the capital of its province and of the Puglia region, it is also in the middle of the so called Bari Land. Third largest city in Southern Italy, its metropolitan area has about one million inhabitants. The city overlooks the Adriatic Sea and due to its favorable location and its port (the largest passenger port in the Adriatic Sea) has become over the time one of the largest malls in Southern Italy and a strategic point in the Mediterranean for international trade and politic-cultural contacts with Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Since 1930 the Fiera del Levante has been held in Bari, it is the largest fair…