Today Bari, thanks to its port, airport and the Fiera del Levante trade fair centre, is one of the most active towns of the area with connections to the entire Mediterranean basin. The Fiera del Levante is an organisation that hosts some thirty events a year, at which almost 2,000 exhibitors participate a year as well as around half a million visitors.
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Published on Avion Tourism Magazine
Updated July 2020
The Piccinni Theatre is the oldest theatre in Bari and can host more than 800 people. Inaugurated on 30 May 1854, with the performance of Donizetti’s Poliuto, in 1855 it was entitled to Niccolò Piccinni, renowned musician from Bari. With the passing of time, the municipal structure proved to be too small for the new needs of the city, so that it was necessary to build a new theatre, the Petruzzelli, inaugurated in 1903.
Three XI-century portals open up in the lower section of the plain façade. The upper section is decorated by a rose window with an arched lintel lavishly decorated with monsters and imaginary creatures. Inside, the church has three nave divided by sixteen pillars holding huge arches. The crypt preserves, in the altar, the relics of San Sabino and the icon of the Madonna Odegitria.