Of Coves, Caves, Cliffs & the Deep Blue Sea!
When I knew I was going to go to Puglia for the first time I started doing a lot of research and, although I don’t remember exactly when I first saw a photo of Polignano a Mare and it’s fantastic seascapes…I knew I had to go there….In the province of Bari on the pristine blue Adriatic Sea, Polignano a Mare is positively stunning. Over the centuries (millenia?) Mother Nature’s hand has carved out a magnificent coastline from the calcareous rocks. Wind, rain, and sea have formed and sculpted the land into impressive coves (cala), caves (grotta) and caverns.
Add dramatic white washed buildings clinging to the cliffs, the old world charm of the Centro Storico (central district), an appealing central plaza (Plaza Vittoria Emanuele, of course), inviting side streets with shops, cafes and restaurants and friendly locals… And did I mention that Domenico Modugno was born here? Volare!!!
Well, who can resist? (And why would we?)
On my “must do” here was to go to the world famous (si, world famous!) Grotta Palazzese Ristorante located in the Palazzese Cavern.
Considered one of the top 10 most beautiful restaurants in the world, the photos are spectacular, but to experience it is beyond words!
Mother Nature’s handiwork can be appreciated in this grotta which is 2500 square meters and 21 meters at its highest point from the water. Since ancient times has been used for parties and banquets and tonight was our turn!
Add to all of this, Caruso, one of the absolute finest, most delectable gelaterias I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying…well, what more could a gal ask for?
Well, of course, it was the wonderful warm people – truly Polignano was Made in Love and we all LOVED it!
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