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The last time I went to Italy, I chose the southern Adriatic Sea port of Bari - capital of Apulia (known as Puglia in Italian), the "heel" of the Italian "boot" - along with two nearby resorts. Why Bari? Frankly, mostly because it's home to the famous Basilica di San Nicola - St. Nicholas - top left), and my name is Nicolae. There also happens to be a direct flight on the low-cost carrier Wizz from Timisoara, in my country Romania.
So in just an hour I was in Bari (pop. 327,000), and for 1.50 euros my companion and I took Bus No. 16 from the airport for the half-hour ride to Bari Centrale (also the city's principal train station) in downtown's main square, Piazza Aldo Moro.