"There is no region in the South that can be compared to the Land of Bari in several respects. When compared, it looks like a great lady. [...] Nature is varied, temperatures are balanced and healthy, soil is fertile and suitable for promiscuity of crops: all this contributes to assign it the place of honor.
Viewed from above, from the Murge that surround it, it is like a large terrace that overlooks and mirrors itself in the bright blue and crystalline Adriatic".
Ferdinand Gregorovius, 1874