The administrative centre of the Apulian Region, Bari city, is sited near the
sea. It has a particularly nice seafront that runs along the city centre and the Old
Town. The St. Nicholas Cathedral is the most famous model of the romantic
Apulian style. Very close to the Old Town, you can find the Houhenstaufen Castle,
build by the Normans and restored in Renaissance style by Isabella of Aragon.
Near to the Old Town you can find the Murat quarter (18th century), with large
perpendicular boulevards, decorated in Art Nouveau style, and Neoclassical
buildings like Petruzzelli Theatre and the Margherita Theatre. The most
impressive religious holiday in Bari is dedicated to St. Nicholas (month of May).
Furthermore, Bari gives honour to the literature and poetry with the famous Bari
City Prize (month of July).