Bari, Italy

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As one of the largest and most significant port cities in the Italian south, Bari had for several decades struggled with a reputation as a dangerous place of vice and crime, with dark and dirty streets that were not particularly welcoming to tourists. However, thanks to the efforts of local authorities over more recent times, the place has really cleaned up its act and is now one of the most charismatic and interesting destinations in Italy.

In particular, the Old Town - or Bari Vecchia - is well worth a visit. As one of Italy's best preserved medieval cities, it really does transport visitors back to a bygone era, and strolling around its labyrinth of cobbled streets beneath the Mediterranean sunshine is always a charming experience.

Among the landmarks to keep an eye out for while exploring this part of Bari are the likes of the Basilica of Saint Nicholas - created in honour of the city's patron saint - and the Fort of Saint Antony, which once defended the local residents but these days houses a fantastic modern art gallery.


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