Polignano a Mare: a jewel set on the coast.

Polignano a Mare is a charming and picturesque town located south of the Apulian capital, rising on a series of rocky spurs practically overhanging the sea. The town offers an unmissable landscape both from a naturalistic point of view, due to the caves and inlets created by the age-old erosive action of the sea waves, and from a cultural point of view, due to the presence of a historical town that dates back to the time of the ancient Romans.

The main attractions for the curious tourist are:

the coastline: awarded the Blue Flag uninterruptedly since 2008 for the cleanliness of its waters and the quality of services offered, the Polignano coastline, with its crystal-clear sea and caves of rare beauty, is undoubtedly the true catalyst for tourism in the town;
the Via Traiana bridge, still in use today, links the two sides of Lama Monachile;
the Arco Marchesale: the only access road to the historic centre, once equipped with a drawbridge. The picturesque streets of the old town lead, after a few dozen metres, to the famous ‘balconies’, which offer breathtaking and dizzying views of the Polignano cliffs;
Chiesa Matrice: with its massive quadrangular bell tower, this is the building that stands out most in the eyes of the visitor;
the Palazzo dell’Orologio, once the seat of the municipal offices, stands next to the Chiesa Matrice;
the statue dedicated to Domenico Modugno, the unforgettable master of Italian music, who was born in Polignano;
the nearby Benedictine Abbey (see photo below): the monumental monastic complex that stands on the seashore of San Vito, the small hamlet of the city located 3 km to the north.
Polignano really deserves a visit, even if only a short one. Leaving aside the idea of dedicating a whole day to the sea (not to be missed if you find yourself there in the summer), a visit to the city does not take more than half a day (just enough to enjoy the typical Apulian Mediterranean cuisine, the envy of the world) and may well form part of a broader itinerary that perhaps includes the other main tourist destinations in the region such as Trani, Alberobello and Ostuni.

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