Polignano a Mare

20 km ( 15 minutes drive )

Due to its strategic position on the Adriatic , Polignano a Mare was a thriving center of trade with the Romans , and passed under the Byzantines , acquired major prestige thanks to the Normans and to the Benedictine monks . Exchanges intensified under the Aragonese and even the Venetians were able to exploit its position on relations with other cities on the Adriatic. The city became a possession of the Bourbons and followed the events of the Kingdom of Naples until the unification of Italy . Currently Polignano a Mare is one of the most popular tourist destinations and the most evocative of Puglia .

Situated overlooking a clear blue sea , awarded by the European Union with the Blue Flag for the pristine waters and the quality of services offered , Polignano boasts a huge number of beautiful caves. The historical center , still surrounded by ancient walls , can be reached through the Arch of the Old Port . Shady streets , whitewashed houses with balconies, exterior stairs adorned with flowers and terraces overlooking the sea , offer breathtaking scenery . Hard not to get lost in the enchantment of the city that gave birth to Domenico Modugno , an unforgettable master of popular Italian song .

To visit:

  • Mother Church
  • Old town
  • Governor’s Palace
  • Palace of Feudatario
  • Clock Palace
  • Centre for Contemporary Art “Pino Pascali”
  • Abbey of San Vito