Bari – A City Worth Exploring at Leisure in Puglia, Italy – Day 3 – Part 2

In Piazza Cesare Battisti, you will find the bust of Cesare Battisti, an Austrian-Italian who was a journalist and a politician, as well as being a renowned geographer, and who was executed by the Austrian troops in 1916.

For a step back in time, pay a visit to the Farmacia Cav. Attilio Romita, which dates back to 1905.  Today, it is run by the fourth generation of the family.  Take a look at the advertisements that fill the front windows of the pharmacy.  They are from the 1930’s, and earlier.  The golden letters of the name, above the doorway, are not painted, but made of gold foil.

The Porto di Bari, or the Port of Bari, is considered Europe’s main gateway to the Balkan Peninsula, as well as to the Middle East.  This is one of the largest ports in the Adriatic Sea, servicing many different cruise lines, as well as cargo ships, and private pleasure boats.

The Palazzo delle Finanze is worth checking out, for the wonderful statues that adorn the facade.

The Arciconfraternita SS. Trinità can be found on Piazza Federico II di Svevia.  The church dates from the first half of the 11th century, and is now incorporated into the walls of a late 18th-century palazzo, which, at one time, was owned by the Triggiano family.

In a small park area, along the waterfront, you will find the bust of San Filippo Smaldone, the founder of the Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, and who was best known for his work with the deaf.  He was canonized in 2006.

Nearby, there is a bust of Antonio de Tullio, who was a senator, as well as one of the first promoters of the Fiera del Levante in Bari.

The Camera di Commercio di Bari, or the Chamber of Commerce, is located at Corso Cavour, #2.

A monument, outside the Camera di Commercio, pays tribute to the 51st Battalion Bersaglieri, and the role it played in the liberation of Bari.


Next up: We explore more of Bari Vecchia!


Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations that may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Bari, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie!

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