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Introducing Bari

Once regarded as the Bronx of southern Italy, Bari's reputation has gradually improved and the city, Puglia's capital and one of the south's most prosperous, deserves more than a cursory glance. Spruced up and rejuvenated, Bari Vecchia, the historic old town, is an interesting and atmospheric warren of streets. In the evenings, the piazzas buzz with trendy restaurants and bars, but there are still parts of the old town that carry a gritty undertone.