2: Bari

The South Italian habit, which began first at Bari under Murat, of building a new town next to the old one, has changed the character of the country beyond the recognition of such travellers as Ramage (1828) and Edward Lear (1847), though it was already operating by the time Norman Douglas visited the South in the early years of this century. Since then the process has been accelerated by Government policy and grants. It seems to have become an accepted principle that every old town in the South must have a brand new companion. In nearly every case the new towns are not only ugly, but depressing examples of mediocrity; but they offer one great boon which the old cities never knew: they have at least one clean hotel with running water in bedrooms.

-H. V. Morton 1969: A Traveller in Southern Italy. S. 176-

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