I was looking for a short break away and as I’m an avid user of the budget airlines I decided to see what Ryanair had on offer. I have travelled a lot around Italy and just love the country. I seen that a return flight from Liverpool John Lennon airport to Bari was costing just under £50. This was a 4 day return flight in may 2017. I booked 2 tickets straight away. I then went onto booking.com to look for somewhere to stay. I tend to use booking.com as most of the accommodations are free cancellation and can include breakfast for such a reasonable cost. I also make use of their free online tour guide which is great if you are visiting for the first time as it gives you lots of hints and tips on the local attractions and eateries etc.
It was Set in the historic centre of Bari, property offered air-conditioned accommodation with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The church of San Nicola Basilica is just 100 yards away and well worth a visit. The room was clean and basic and had a fridge freezer and hob and kettle. However we did not make use of the self catering facilities as the bars and restaurants were plentiful and right in our doorstep. Bari itself is beautiful and the weather was fantastic! We paid €180 Euro for 2 people for 4 nights. We arrange through the accommodation to be picked up from the airport in a private taxi which only cost us € 14 euro each way, if we were to get our own taxi it would have cost 30€ euro each way. We were greeted by a lovely man called Vittorous. The journey took about 20 minutes to our apartment. Vittorous offers day tours, he picks you up from your hotel and spends the day showing you around some beautiful places for only £100 Euro ( up to 4 people) it’s well worth booking as we may not have visited such beautiful places going it alone.
Italian people are so welcoming and we felt safe walking through the streets at night. The place comes alive after 9pm… everyone and their dog seems to be out socialising at night time in Italy. You must visit the pasta ladies of Bari. These women, roughly a dozen from Bari, the capital of Puglia, Italy, make orecchiette pasta just like their mothers and grandmothers before them. They do this sat outside in the street on a small table making pasta at an unbelievable speed and is a pleasure to sit and watch. We also visited Alberobello which is a small town and commune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy and is famous for its unique trullo buildings. It’s beautiful white hut like buildings is what makes it so unique and is definitely worth a visit. We actually went here on our tour day with Vittorous.