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This 123-room hotel sits at the heart of a large historic park with swimming pool, 875 yds (800 m) from the train station and just a few minutes from the city center. The hotel facilities include fitness center with gym, sauna, whirlpool bath and steam bath, indoor and outdoor car parks, à la carte restaurant and meeting and banqueting rooms. Complimentary services include WIFI, use of the car park, fitness center, and outdoor swimming pool during the summer.
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Make yourself comfortable in this apartment, featuring a kitchen with a refrigerator and a stovetop. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and a flat-screen television is provided for your entertainment.
Offering free parking, Hotel 7 Mari is 20 metres from San Francesco Beach and a few steps from Bari's Fiera del Levante exhibition centre. It features air-conditioned rooms with TV. A sweet Italian breakfast is served every morning, with savoury food available on request. The 7 Mari Hotel is 5 minutes' drive from the harbour and Bari Vecchia, the city's historic centre. Bari Airport is 15 minutes' drive away.
Situated 200 metres from Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Bari, this air-conditioned apartment features a terrace. The unit is 600 metres from Petruzzelli Theatre. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The kitchen features a toaster. Towels and bed linen are provided in this apartment. Fiera del Levante is 2.3 km from Secret Well, while University of Bari is 900 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport, 9 km from Secret Well.
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Bari is a bustling port city in Puglia, on the Adriatic coast of southern Italy. Situated on an important ancient maritime route, sailors and traders have been passing through Bari since ancient times. As a result, the city has a rich history and varied culture.
Bari has been a strategic port since the Ancient Greeks ruled this part of Italy. A walk through the Old Town, Vecchia Bari, is essential for sightseers and those looking for a slice of the past. The labyrinthine streets are hard to navigate, so make sure you pick up a map from one of the many tourist information centres in the middle of town. Once in Vecchia Bari, embrace the sights and the sounds as old women gossip in doorways and the smell of fresh pasta wafts down alleyways.
The main attraction in the Old Town is Bari's most beautiful church. Situated near the sea, the 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola is an architectural gem and a place of great religious significance. San Nicola, to whom the church is dedicated, is better known as Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus, and his remains lie in the church's crypt. His body is said to exude a holy oil and small vials of this miracle liquid can be bought in the church shop next door.
After visiting the basilica, stroll down to the seafront for some restorative air. Once you're feeling refreshed, Bari's other famous church, and the city's cathedral, Cattedrale di San Sabino, is a short walk away. It too is an impressive Romanesque-style structure and well worth a visit. Round the corner is the Castello Svevo, Bari's imposing fortress built by the Normans to ward off potential naval invaders.
It is important to remember when staying in Bari hotels that most of the city's monuments and buildings close during the early afternoon, when the sun is at its hottest. This is a perfect time to retreat back to your hotel for a siesta or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Bari's beaches aren't stunningly beautiful but the public beach at Lungomare Perrotti is clean and safe. A midday dip here is an invigorating endeavour.
After a day spent meandering through Bari's narrow streets, you'll need some good restorative food. Next to the Old Town are two lovely squares, Piazza Mercantile and Piazza del Ferrarese, both of which are lined with bars, pizzerias and trattorias.
Gianna's on Piazza Ferrarese has the best focaccia in southern Italy, while La Parilla de Juan serves up mouth-watering Mexican cuisine on Piazza Mercantile. After a spicy supper, grab a pistachio ice cream from Martinucci's.
If the heat of the city gets too much, there are a number of lovely day trips you can take in the beautiful Puglian countryside. Just a short train ride away is the famous cave city at Matera. Once a squalid town it has been cleaned up and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hop on another train to reach Trani, a picturesque seaside town just along the coast from Bari. The town has a cathedral on a cliff just above the sea and from here you can watch the fishermen bring in their daily catch.
Bari is not your typical Italian holiday destination but that is why it is so special. It's noisy, brash and at times a little chaotic, but for the adventurous traveller, the city has plenty to offer.
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