Bari is one of the most important cities in Southern Italy, with over a quarter of a million inhabitants and is also the capital of the Puglia region. The city is famous for its many churches, as well as lively piazzas, bars and restaurants. Pilgrims from both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches often come to Bari to visit, notably to see the Basilica of Saint Nicholas which houses the Saint's remains. Car hire from Bari Airport allows straightforward access to the city but also offers you the chance to explore the wider Puglia region and its coastline.