Province of Bari
|Province of Bari|
Map highlighting the location of the province of Bari in Italy
|• President||Francesco Schittulli|
|• Total||5,138 km2 (1,984 sq mi)|
|• Density||250/km2 (640/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Telephone prefix||080, 0883|
It has an area of 5,138 km2 (1,984 sq mi), and a total population of 1,594,109 (2005).
Overlooking the Adriatic Sea in eastern Italy, the Province of Bari is located in the central part of Puglia and is bordered on the west by the provinces of Matera and Potenza, to the north by the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, and to the south with the provinces of Taranto and Brindisi. The province of Bari was formerly a part of the region of Terra di Bari, which once included the towns of Fasano and Cisternino, now in the province of Brindisi.
The area is dominated by the Murgia hills in the inner part, a karst plateau which is home to the Alta Murgia National Park, one of the newest national parks in Italy, established in 2004. Only the Bari hinterland and the coastal strip are flat. The north of the province, with Bari, Altamura, Bitonto, Corato, Gravina in Puglia, and Molfetta, is heavily populated. The south, on the contrary, is characterized by the absence of these large centers; the only municipality to be around 50,000 inhabitants is Monopoli. In the southern part of the province, on the border with that of Taranto, is the Itria Valley, between the towns of Alberobello, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Martina Franca. The province is largely devoid of rivers and lakes, although underground rivers in the karst landscape has formed numerous caves, including those of Castellana and Putignano.
Cities and comunes
With the establishment of Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani in 2004, the province of Bari lost 7 municipalities, including Bisceglie, Canosa di Puglia, Minervino Murge and Spinazzola. This left the remaining Province of Bari with 41 comuni and an adjusted population of 1,248,084 as of the 2005 census.
- Acquaviva delle Fonti
- Andria (to Barletta-Andria-Trani in 2009)
- Barletta (to Barletta-Andria-Trani in 2009)
- Bisceglie (to Barletta-Andria-Trani in 2009)
- Canosa di Puglia (to Barletta-Andria-Trani in 2009)
- Castellana Grotte
- Gioia del Colle
- Gravina in Puglia
- Grumo Appula
- Minervino Murge (to Barletta-Andria-Trani in 2009)
- Mola di Bari
- Palo del Colle
- Polignano a Mare
- Ruvo di Puglia
- Santeramo in Colle
- Sannicandro di Bari
- Spinazzola (to Barletta-Andria-Trani in 2009)
- Trani (to Barletta-Andria-Trani in 2009)
The arable land in the Province of Bari is exploited with the cultivation of olive and grapes but also cherries, peaches, and almonds. From that agricultural activity is derived olive oil, wine and table grapes.  Bitonto is especially noted for its extra virgin olive oil, and Corato, Coratina and Giovinazzo are along notable producing areas. The centers of wine production are mainly concentrated in Gravina and Ruvo di Puglia, in the north of Bari, and Adelfia, Noicattaro, Rutigliano and Locorotondo, in the south of Bari. Also important is the production of cherries; the Apulian red is especially prevalent in the countryside of Turi and Putignano.
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