Polignano a Mare
Crystal blue water and cliffs pitted with caves carved by the sea: these are the symbols of Polignano a Mare, the Pearl of the Adriatic Sea, 30km from Bari. This is the birthplace of the famous singer Domenico Modugno, whose song “Nel blu dipinto di blu” (In the sky, painted blue) is well known all over the world.
The historical centre of this small town reveals traces of its past: Arabs, Byzantines, Spanish and Normans. You can enter the old town from the Arco della Porta, once the town’s only entrance, and reach the Mother Church dedicated to the Assumption. Don’t miss a visit to the Pino Pascali Museum Foundation, in the town’s former slaughterhouse, dedicated to the renowned artist and sculptor from Polignano.
The old town is perched over the sea and preserved its charm: narrow alleys, white houses and loggias overhanging the sea. Along the elegant seafront you find the statue of Modugno embracing the historical centre.
The seafront of Polignano a Mare has won the Blue Flag several times and is reach in caves and hidden bays. In the north there is San Vito, a narrow bay overlooked by a Benedictine abbey, and Cala Paura, a pebble stretch hidden by two cliffs. While close to the historical centre there is the famous Lama Monachile.
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