After the white Ostuni, here is the blue painted blue of Polignano a Mare

Polignano a mare

Polignano a Mare is a small and ancient village in the Greek Apulia, which stands on a promontory overlooking the Adriatic Sea, a few kilometers from Bari. Jutting out between East and West, and a meeting point between land and sea, it has been, over the centuries, the crossroads of peoples and ancient cultures: Arabs, Byzantines, Normans and Spaniards who left splendid traces of their passage.

The old part is located inside the city walls, which are still visible. Through the ‘”Arch Marchesale”, a massive portal, you find yourself on the bridge of Via Traiana, from the Roman era, from which you have a wonderful view of the “Lama Monachile” the deep bay with a lovely small beach that plunges into a sea with blue, turquoise and emerald shades. Then you arrive in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, also known as Clock Square. Here are the Governor’s Palace and the Mother Church, the most important historical monument of the city which contains works attributed to Stefano di Putignano, such as the famous nativity all made of stone.

The Church, which until 1818 was also a cathedral, has an Apulian-Romanesque style with elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Inside are the relics of St. Vitus, the patron saint of Polignano.
The old town is a maze of narrow cobbled streets, leading to spectacular terraces on the sea. In these streets, where one meets the loggias overlooking the sea offering spectacular views and evocative glimpses, you can even see the old ladies speaking in the local dialect from flowered balconies.

Polignano a Mare, poesia su una scalinata

The Bastion of St. Stephen and “The Lodges”, the picturesque group of white houses symbol of Polignano, are also definitely worth a visit.

The coastline of Polignano then, is dotted with inlets, bays and caves, some of them marine and already used as a human habitation in prehistoric times. Among these there are some which one can visit only by sea and others that have become particularly famous for the spectacular beauty of their blue-green waters as Grotta Palazzese, where today is a great restaurant.

Another very impressive cave is the one of the Doves, the largest of all and among the most beautiful for its enchanting light reflections. Also of rare beauty are the Ardito and the Pozzovivo caves, with animal-shaped rocks.

Just outside the town is the Abbey of San Vito, a monastic complex with a small church in Romanesque style built by the Venetians around 1700.

Polignano is home to celebrities such as Domenico Modugno, who have immortalized it in his beautiful song “Volare”, and as Pino Pascali, the brilliant exponent of the Mediterranean Pop Art perished at just thirty-three years of age, which has been named a foundation and a prize. Among the contemporary artists, is art-designer Peppino Campanella which realizes exceptional handcrafted works in glass, and is internationally known and appreciated.

Polignano is a few kilometers from Alberobello, from Ostuni, the white city and from the small town of Giovinazzo. For those who were willing to move just a little, Castel Del Monte and Trani are also within easy reach.

Polignano a Mare

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