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E. A. FIERA DEL LEVANTE BARI

Lungomare Starita 13 - 70123 Bari, Bari (BA), Puglia - Italia Phone: 080/5366111 Fax: 080/5366486

Touring Club Italiano

With its 300,000 m2, Fiera del Levante is one of its kind in the Mezzogiorno, in terms of total space and versatile settings, capable of satisfying every exhibition requirement. Initially spreading over 100,000 m2, the fairgrounds then gradually extended with the rising ambitions and potentials of the Fair. Strategically positioned near the main routes, the Fair is 10 minutes away from Bari Palese Airport and just 2 km from the town centre, near the main tourist destinations of Apulia. The Fair has six entrance gates, named after the main events held in the adjoining pavilions, for instance, the Building or Farming entrances. The main entrance, the socalled “Monumentale”, looks on the sea, as if to symbolically reconnect to the solid relationship with the Mediterranean. The roofed area, covering over 150,000 m2, is split up into 44 adjoining pavilions and 33 freestanding pavilions. The facilities are able to host either complex events requiring the special exhibition experience built up by the Fair out of over 70 years in the business, or major congresses hosting over 5,000 people, beside seminars and leisure events (shows, fashion parades). Space 7, with approximately 1,500 seats in a theatrestyle layout, recently renovated and fitted with the latest technologies, is the best congress offering of Fiera del Levante. Thanks to its modular spaces, congress activities can be complemented by exhibitions, shows and catering services. The Palazzo del Mezzogiorno, an imposing structure standing next to the east entrance gate, is an integrated congress centre too, with four rooms that can be used to manage several events at the same time. The convenient parking facilities and broad pathways leading in and outside the grounds smoothen the work to organize concerts and shows.

The new city spreads over a large quadrilateral area and surrounds the old town centre. A hustling and bustling place, Bari is a city imbued in its century-old richness of Byzantine origin, enclosed by the walls. It is one of the most fascinating centres in southern Italy: a stroll in the alleys is a worthwhile experience, amidst the medieval atmosphere still unscathed and less trodden by tourists.

Cathedral Built in the XII century, the austere furnishings and arched side aisles give it an extremely lean design. The apse holds a large window decorated with animal-like figures.

San Nicola Basilica Reputed as being the paradigm of Romanesque style in Apulia (XI-XII), its extraordinary main door features gladiators, lions and elephants.

Castle An impressive stronghold flanked by the ramparts, formerly the residence of Frederick II, then of the mighty Milanese Bona Sforza family.

Alberobello At a close distance from the Apulian capital city lies one of the most interesting places in the region. A trip to the old town centre gives you the chance to admire the peculiar architectural design of the famous trulli. Once peasant dwellings used as respite by the “cozzari” and as storeroom for farming tools, the trulli were recently added to the Unesco World Heritage List.

HOTELS

Excelsior Congressi****
VIA G. PETRONI 15, TEL. 080564366
WWW.HOTELEXCELSIORONLINE.IT
Near the railway station, totally renovated hotel, with bare, essential furnishing in rooms fitted with all sorts of comfort. Suites also available.

G.H. Leon d’Oro****
PIAZZA MORO 4, TEL. 0805235040
WWW.GRANDHOTELLEONDORO.IT
Located downtown, near the railway station, elegant and cosy settings. Well-equipped and soundproof rooms, plus a few suites. The restaurant on a terrace offering a panoramic view.

Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci****
VIA G. CAPRUZZI 326, TEL. 08054274400
WWW.VILLAROMANAZZI.COM
Situated in a century-old park with swimming pool, hospitality in a modern hotel located in a noble 1870 villa.

7 Mari***
VIA VERDI 60, TEL. 0805341500
WWW.HOTEL7MARI.IT
Near the Levante Fair, facing the sea, elegant complex, rationally furnished.

RESTAURANTS

Pignata
CORSO VITTORIO EMANUELE 173
TEL. 0805232481
CLOSED MONDAY
Tradition, style and fine cuisine:treat yourself to the broad beans with cicorielle, the orecchiette with cime di rapa and monkfish Apulia-style. Wide range of wines, especially the regional varieties.

Ai 2 Ghiottoni
VIA PUTIGNANI 11, TEL. 0805232240
CHIUSO DOMENICA/CLOSED SUNDAY
Traditional cuisine carefully balanced between meat and fish; good selection of wines in cosy settings.

Al Sorso Preferito
VIA DE NICOLÒ 46, TEL. 0805235747
CLOSED TUESDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING
Comfortable atmosphere, rustic settings and courses steeped in the local tradition, especially fish, with a good bargain for your money.

Lo Sprofondo
CORSO VITTORIO EMANUELE 111
TEL. 0805213697
CLOSED SATURDAY AT NOON AND SUNDAY EVENING
Fine cuisine with a rich choice of fresh fish of the day and delicious pizzas in an old building with tuff walls and arched vaults; this 20-year old family-run spot offers shellfish hors d’oeuvre and vegetables, finely prepared first courses and homemade desserts.

A popular spot is corso Vittorio Emanuele II, splitting the old city and the Borgo Murattiano (new city). The Emperor Augustus promenade is also an ideal setting for evening strolls. Skirting the Old Port, on the inside, catch a fascinating glimpse of the old town, on the outside, the spectacular view on the sea.

La Habana
VIA S. FRANCESCO D’ASSISI 45
Over 350 types of rum, and various typical Cuban dishes. Caribbean cocktails made with exotic fruit rule, all to the rhythm of select Cuban music.

New Autodromo Club
PUTIGNANO, VIA NOCI 68
Liberty-style disco bar, since 1970, a hot spot for music and high life. Patty Pravo, Nada and Mina, the Giganti use to grace the place. Thirty years have gone by, the place has been extended and touched up, but it still keeps that old spirit. Door policy.

Gastronomia de Carne
VIA CALAFATI 128, TEL. 0805219676
Typical Apulian specialities: vegetables packed in oil, ragù sauce with pungent ricotta, local olive oil, soppressata and sausage. Wide selection of cheese.

Modi e Moda (Gina Lebole)
VIA NAPOLI 364, TEL. 0805343243
Gina Lebole wear. Apparel made with fabric designed by Ermenegildo Zegna, Loro Piana, Agnona and Piacenza.

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