Solo Female Travel in Bari

Located on the enchanting Adriatic coast, Bari is a vibrant and historic city in southern Italy. It's the capital city of the Puglia region known for its stunning architecture, sprawling port, and rich cultural heritage. Bari is renowned for its lively old town, Barivecchia, a maze of streets offering an authentic Italian experience with bustling piazzas, vibrant markets, and quaint churches. The city's symbol is the eleventh-century Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola, a significant religious site which houses the relics of St. Nicholas. Bari's gastronomy is a journey of taste, with local specialties such as orecchiette pasta and focaccia barese. This coastal city's charming lanes, lively atmosphere, and palatable cuisine make it a truly enchanting and unforgettable destination.

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Safety:Safe

Bari typically offers a friendly and welcoming environment for solo female travelers. The locals are often quite helpful and happy to engage with visitors. Street crime such as pickpocketing may occur, especially in crowded tourist areas, but violent crime is relatively rare. As with anywhere, caution should be taken at night and in less populated areas. A good strategy is to blend in as much as possible, avoid obvious displays of wealth and remain vigilant about your surroundings.

Transport:Easy

Quite manageable to navigate within Bari. The city areas are well-connected, making it possible to explore most tourist sites on foot. The public transportation system includes buses and metro lines, and taxis are also readily available. Bike rental services are also offered for those who prefer cycling. Although generally safe for travel, like other cities, it is necessary to maintain alertness. Some knowledge of basic Italian may enhance the experience as not everyone is fluent in English.

Things to do:Interesting

Bari, presents an engaging blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Visitors can explore the old town and marvel at the Basilica di San Nicola or the Swabian Castle. Its vibrant streets are filled with quaint shops, delectable Italian cuisine at local eateries and cafes, and stunning Adriatic sea views. There's no shortage of leisure activities such as walks on the harbor or relaxing on Pane e Pomodoro beach. The city also serves as a great starting point for exploring the Puglia region.

Food:Excellent

Bari is a gastronomical paradise that caters to different tastes. The culinary offerings are rich, ranging from the traditional Italian pasta and pizza to exceptionally fresh seafood dishes, thanks to its coastal position. Not to mention their local cuisine, enriched by the Puglia region's bountiful agricultural products. Savor your taste buds with various mouth-watering delicacies, which involve olive oil, wine, and produce. Vegetarians and vegans will have ample choices as well, making it a foodie's heaven.

Budget:Moderate

Bari, is moderately budget-friendly. The costs for accommodations, meals, and transportation are average compared to other European cities. While exploring the city, you can find affordable traditional food. Also, as there are many historical landmarks and beautiful beaches which are free to access, the city can cater to travelers on a budget. However, some cultural attractions like museums and galleries do have entrance fees.

Is Bari worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.5 /5

based on 4 experiences

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Things to do

3.7/5

Safety

3.7/5

Food

4/5

Budget-friendly

3.2/5

Family travel experience

I was in Bari with my daughter and I felt safe. The old town of Bari is very beautiful, though small. Overall, it's not an exceptionally charming city, but it's quite decent and definitely a great starting point. We stayed in a district located between the station and the old town, and everything was fine there. As is tradition in Italy, the areas directly around the station are the least pleasant.

Posted: November 8, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

Bari itself was nothing special, but the surrounding towns were wonderful. I recommend Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Matera, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Trani. I traveled alone and felt safe, but I didn't walk around alone after dark, except for the first day in Bari. I focused on intensive sightseeing.

Posted: November 7, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Bari was not my favorite destination. It's a big city, located on the coast, so you constantly inhale exhaust fumes. I was staying a bit outside of the city, but I could still hear the noise of cars from the nearby highway. On the positive side, there were good bus and train connections for exploring other parts of Italy. I came back earlier than planned because it was not quite the right place for me. I prefer more greenery. As for safety, I didn't feel bad, I traveled everywhere on foot or used public transport.

Posted: November 7, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Bari for a week for my first solo trip and I definitely recommend this place if you want to relax on the beach and explore a bit of the area. I did not encounter arrogant comments or unfriendly people at any time. I walked around the city alone at night a few times and never felt uncomfortable. The only challenge was finding a free table, as it was very crowded everywhere and I had to wait for a place.

Posted: August 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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