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Southern Italy is full of beautiful cities and towns, all easily explored on a road trip from Bari.
All you need to do is collect your Avis hire car and set out on the open road, with the green hills and stunning coast of southern Italy ahead of you.
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Bari is the capital of the region of Puglia and one of the wealthiest cities in southern Italy. From the up-and-coming restaurants in its many piazzas, to the many ancient buildings dominating the city, Bari never fails to impress. Just a 25-minutes drive from Bari Palese Airport, it’s effortless to reach with a rental car.
The quaint old town, Bari Vecchia, is where the majority of the city’s historic buildings stand. Here, hidden amongst the labyrinth of tiny streets, you’ll find some extraordinary examples of medieval architecture. Over 40 churches are squeezed into this maze-like area, with the Cathedral of Bari, built in the 11th century, one of the most impressive. But it’s the Basilica di San Nicola that’s the region’s main attraction. Otherwise known as the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, this sight was originally built to house the remains of the famous saint (commonly called Father Christmas).
While you’re here, be sure to visit the Pinacoteca Provinciale – an impressive art gallery housed in the Palazzo della Provincia showcasing works by southern Italian artists.
Away from the city bustle, the Grotte di Castellana (the Castellana Caves) provide a unique sightseeing experience. To enter this attraction, you’ll have to traverse a 60-metre vertical tunnel into the main cave, known as La Grave. Inside you’ll discover a network of other caves to explore too.
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Bari is a beautiful, historic city nestled on Italy’s southeast coast. While there is much to see and do here, beyond city limits there are plenty of other sights waiting to be discovered.
Under 90 minutes north from Bari Palese Airport is the town of Lucera, home to the most impressive fortress in the Puglia region – Fredrick II’s castle. The city streets are brimming with boutique shops that are sure to catch the eye of visitors in need of some retail therapy, while the old town centre – constructed largely from yellow brick and decorated with exceptionally beautiful stonework – is a must-see.
Drive south from Bari Palese Airport for just over an hour and you’ll arrive in Martina Franca – an ancient town that’s gradually modernising itself, pinning it firmly on the map as a top tourist destination. Head into the old quarter and stroll around the airy Piazza Roma, where the town’s most famous attraction stands – the Palazzo Ducale. This 17th century castle is now home to the city hall and a museum.
Gallipoli Cognato Park
This huge park covers almost 30,000 hectares of land and was established as a protection zone for flora and fauna. Less than two hours from Bari Palese Airport (via the SS96 and SS407), Gallipoli Cognato Park is an ideal place to go hiking, as well as to spot deer, hedgehogs, foxes, barn owls and much more in its forests.
Wherever you travel in Italy, an Avis hire car will make your escape worth the trip.