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Polignano a Mare and the romantic restaurant inside a cave

Polignano a Mare and the romantic restaurant inside a cave. Do you know those cinematic landscapes? That blue sea that looks like it came out of a painting? Well, that's what you'll find in Polignano a Mare! Let's get to know the attractions of this incredible place !!!

(Source: Grotta Palazzese)

Polignano a Mare and the romantic restaurant inside a cave

Do you know those cinematic landscapes? That blue sea that looks like it came out of a painting? Well, that’s what you’ll find in Polignano a Mare! It is normal for people to be “speechless” when they step on Polignano for the first time. Of a UNIQUE beauty, everything seems to mesmerize us! Not to mention that it is possible to have dinner inside a cave, can you believe it? Are you curious? Then read this post about Polignano a Mare and the romantic restaurant inside a cave! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

A little about Polignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare is becoming one of the favorite spots of the Italian summer and it is not difficult to find out why. Located 36 km south of the capital of Puglia, Bari, the city is unparalleled in beauty! With its houses arranged on huge cliffs, surrounded by caves, blue sea and pleasant breeze, Polignano a Mare invites us, silently, to venture through its streets, beaches, traditions and beauty! Read also What are the 10 must-see places in Apulia?

It is a practically untouched region and lives mainly from fishing, olive oil and tourism. Its historic center is supported by rocks surrounded by the waters of the splendid Adriatic Sea. The white of the houses and shops in the historic center catch our eyes and blend flawlessly with each other! The beaches are small, charming and idyllic. In addition to the pristine and magical beaches, the city has good options for interesting places to visit. How about a 1.5 hour cave boat tour in Polignano a Mare? Click here to learn more!

Watch this video and get to know a little about Polignano a Mare

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1) Polignano a Mare and the romantic restaurant inside a cave – GET TO KNOW CITY ATTRACTIONS

We start with the historic center. The central point of the city, and where one of the most beautiful spots is, is Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II (Vittorio Emanuele II Square). There you can also visit the Mother church (Chiesa Matrice), which is the most important point in the city. The Church, although the city’s patron is Saint Vitus, is dedicated to Saint Mary of the Assumption. The city’s old port, Ponte Lama Monachile, is also worth visiting, as is Via Traiana. Continuing, visit the Arco Marchesale, which once became the only access road to Polignano a Mare, dazzles our eyes in an impressive way!

Polignano a Mare and the romantic restaurant inside a cave
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Three kilometers away, you can visit the Abbey of Saint Vitus; you can get there by the street that gives access to Mola di Bari. The building is from the 9th century and extremely well maintained. Another interesting place is the Scoglio dell’Eremita, which is actually called Isolotto San Paolo. The sunset seen from here is breathtaking! And finally, the Museo Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea Pino Pascalo (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art Pino Pascalo) houses works of art by the artist himself, who was born in Polignano, in addition to presenting works by new local and international artists.

2) Polignano a Mare and the romantic restaurant inside a cave – MEET THE FAMOUS RESTAURANT INSIDE THE CAVE

The city has approximately 80 caves, the most famous of which is the Palazzesse Cave, where a beautiful hotel and restaurant are located! The restaurant is one of the most sought after in the city and requires reservation, it is a very disputed place, because in addition to having a splendid menu, the view from the place is magnificent! It is not cheap, but it is worth the experience (on average 100 Euros per person !!!) It works full steam ahead during the summer, and it is always crowded! For more information visit the restaurant’s website by clicking here!

The cave is 24 meters above the sea and the landscape is surreal! In the past centuries, the Cave was famous for hosting balls and parties from feudal lords, they also say that it was here that the Queen of Hungary, Joan, hid with her lover. It is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, to celebrate a birthday, to make a proposal…

Watch this video about the Palazzese Cave

(Source: Grotta Palazzese)

3) Polignano a Mare and the romantic restaurant inside a cave – GET TO KNOW THE CUISINE AND THE BEACHES

The local cuisine is almost all seafood. There are also sweets, the most famous being the fig jam, La Fiorona, and the almond jam, the Introchiate. In addition to cheeses, jellies, oils and vegetable-based dishes. If you want to spend the day at the beach, you can look for the lidos, which work as small clubs and charge, on average, 10 to 20 Euros and offer sun loungers on the beach, showers and bar services (paid separately). Read our section on Food in Italy!

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How to get to Polignano a Mare?

1) How to get to Polignano a Mare? BY AIRPLANE

The nearest airport to the city is Bari, which is 40 km away. Find out here How to get from Bari Airport to the Center?

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2) How to get to Polignano a Mare? BY TRAIN

Leaving Bari, from the Central Station, take the train towards Polignano a Mare. Did you know that Trenitalia is the main Italian company dedicated to the management of railway transport? Find out here “What is the difference between trains in Italy?“. Buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.

3) How to get to Polignano a Mare? BY BUS

Leaving Largo Ciaia, in Bari, some buses go straight to Polignano. The journey time is about 30 minutes.

4) How to get to Polignano a Mare? BY CAR

The best option to visit the region! Departing from Bari, head towards Brindisi, take the SS16 – E55, and after 30 km, you will find the exit, well signposted, for Polignano a Mare.

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