I have a great dislike of ports and border towns, they are almost without exception dumps. Bari is one of the exceptions, I realy expected an awful town like Patras and to want to get out as quickly as possible. First indications weren't good, walked off the end of the ferry to nothing - no terminal, no signs, no maps just lots of tarmac and big lorries. My fellow 10 or so foot passengers all milled around looking at eachother for inspiration, I spotted one pair in the distance heading away and guessed that they knew what they were doing so I followed. They got me to the port exit where I lost them so I took the direction that looked most promising. 100 metres up that road I saw a sign for the centre pointing the way I'd come so I back-tracked and followed that road. It did indeed lead me into town but I still had to find the station, I asked a guy walking past using the picture of a train on my timetable. He pointed me in the right direction, actually he guided me halfway there before pointing out the rest of the way.
On the way from the port I'd passed the walls of an old town and some really interesting looking areas so when I found out that I'd have to wait 5 hours for the next train to Naples I was almost pleased for the excuse to go back and explore. I ditched my bags in the left luggage and went off for a wander. I think Bari would actually make quite a nice holiday destination, I didn't see a beach but I'm sure there must be a few nearby.