Located in the heel of the Italian boot, Bari is southern Italy's second-largest town and Puglia's capital. While the town itself is historic, it has an impressive restaurant scene and the high percentage of young people ensure a vibrant, progressive culture.
Speaking of the restaurant scene, Paglionico Vini e Cucina is a must for foodies. Specialising in seafood, the casual tavern has been serving classic Puglian dishes to locals since 1870. The menu changes regularly, which means only Bari's freshest ingredients are on offer.
For another gastronomic treat, visit Maria delle Sgagliozze where you'll find Maria, an 80-plus-year-old, serving the legendary Barese street food sgagliozze (deep-fried polenta cubes). She's considered a living legend among residents and for around £2 per serving, one can find out exactly why.
Wash all of that goodness down with wine from Enoteca Vinarius de Pasquale. Founded in 1911, the gorgeous old wine shop not only stocks Italy's best wines but a delicious dry red wine key to this area called Primitivo di Manduria.
Basilica di San Nicola was one of the first Norman churches to be built in southern Italy and is the city's signature basilica. A great example of Puglian-Romanesque architecture, the basilica dates back to the 12th century and remains an important place of pilgrimage for both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.
Geology fanatics will delight in the hodgepodge of archaeology that can be found at the Museo del Succorpo della Cattedrale. The subterranean museum reveals well-preserved remnants of an ancient Christian basilica and various Roman ruins.