Bari, the city of hospitality

Socio-cultural itinerary

  • Length: 5.300
  • Duration: 2 hours and a half
  • Departure: Orthodox Church of San Nicola di Bari in the Carrassi district
  • Arrival: Seafront Starita
  • Main points of interest:
    • The Aldo Moro University
    • Castello Svevo

Bari’s position, history and culture have made it over the centuries a city of hospitality, dialogue and coexistence of customs, habits and cultures.

Bari as a common house, where the interreligious dialogue unites Catholics and Orthodox in the name of Nicholas of Myra; the Old Bari where women open their doors to curious visitors, revealing tricks and secrets of the ancient processing of pasta.
Bari as the City of the Levant, where the communion of intentions also passes through the economy and trade, thanks to a Fair that has its origin in the twenties of the twentieth century.
The itinerary to discover Bari in the name of intercultural dialogue can only start from the district of Carrassi, district where the Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas has been located since the beginning of the 20th century.
We enter the center of Bari for a visit to the University of Aldo Moro, named after the statesman killed by the Brigades who, in his political career, represented a clear example of dialogue and search for contact between often historically opposed parties.
We arrive at Castello Svevo, where all the cultural significance of the reign of Roger II of Sicily emerges, the commissioner of the structure and a man of power who was able to reunify the kingdoms of southern Italy under a single leadership.
We move towards the Starita seafront, where the large Fiera del Levante complex is located, between monumental architecture in Art Nouveau style and modern trade fair buildings, without forgetting the nearby point that recalls the radio link, inaugurated in 1904 by Guglielmo Marconi, between Bari and Antivari.
The two shores of the Adriatic, which are connected every day by dozens of ferries that sail to Corfu, Dubrovnik, Igoumenitsa, Durres are the key to understanding a city always open to influences from afar.

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