Polignano is a charming small town in southern Italy, in Puglia, just 10 minutes by train from the center of Bari. It has a beach and it is situated on the Adriatic coast. It has stunning views that can be seen and enjoyed from any of the viewpoints. La città vecchia of Polignano is a perfect place to get away for a few days and enjoy some tranquility.
From the moment you slip into the historic center of Ostuni, the white city, you´ll have the sensation of being in Africa, in a small village on the coast of Tunisia. Definitely do not miss walking through the maze of streets. You´ll find clothes hanging everywhere which gives a soothing aroma mixed with sea and the flowers that are in pots at every door and on every balcony.
In the majority of cases castles are more spectacular from the outside than inside, here it is the same. It is curious that the castles in this part of Italy don't have battlements. It was chosen as the fourth most beautiful castle in Italy and is a Unesco heritage site. Make sure you go on a full stomach, as there are few places to eat in the surrounding area and those that are there are very expensive.
What to say! That day, the sea was so flat and calm. The fine, white sand derives from rock erosion caused by the wind and the sea. It's located in the south of Italy in the province of Lecce in the Puglia region.
Bari's historic centre is located on a peninsula between Porto Nuovo and Porto Vecchio. The district offers narrow, winding streets and alleys that contain most of the monuments of the city. These monuments include the Cattedrale San Sabino, Basilica di San Nicola, the Svevo Norman castle, Fortino di San Antonio Abate, Monastero di Santa Scolastika, and what remains of the wall (Muraglia) along the Via Venezia. The Piazza del Ferrarese and the Piazza Mercantile are surrounded by restaurants and bars where you can enjoy local cuisine such as pizzas, pasta, fish and seafood.
Undoubtedly the best thing about this city is its location, a kind of island in the Ionian that never leaves the ground. Castle taken by the military, coastal views and a short walk from the center with no surprises, not the most beautiful city in Puglia... but when are you going to have another opportunity to see the Ionian Sea?
The historic centre of this city is dominated by Baroque architecture, although Lecce Baroque is quite a bit different from Roman Baroque. You'll be delighted by the unusual architectural ornaments on the palaces, churches, balconies and portals, with coats of arms of old families, cream coloured Lecce limestone, and so on. A real work of art.
The place where I have spent the past few summers and sometimes winters is a nature reserve, but it is frequented by ignorant people who have destroyed it almost completely. I have great affection for this site: I discovered several kinds of fish, and all kinds of rare algae. My photos are actually a way of complaining about the little respect that some people have...
First of all I have to say that the photos are only of the entrance. The mayor took the right image to make your photo books to sell to tourists. It's brutal how beautiful it is, stalactites and stalagmites created over centuries and discovered in 1945. It is extraordinary, the tourist route down to 75 m below sea level. It is a good experience and if at the beginning your legs shake a bit, don't worry. It is due to the pressure.
And now we reach the end of the bit of land and we found beaches. I'm sure visitors in summer invade this area, it's best to go in winter, watch the waves pound the viewpoints and invade the stands that are on the beach , entering the water for them to come out hard. The quiet town in winter offers a leisurely stroll before proceeding on your way
And as a finale to a trip around Puglia it is not bad to be in this town. It retains its castle and the streets are full of history. Beautiful views of the harbor and recreational fishing in the Adriatic. This means that on the streets you breathe a different atmosphere. We enjoyed every moment walking through the streets.
It was absolutely a surprise to discover Puglia. We only went because it is close to Bari airport and we wanted to eat in a nearby town but didn't have much time and we discovered a city that was at least worth a walk. You can visit the cathedral from the 12th-13th centuries which is dedicated to S. Valentino, the Chiesa di S. Francesco d'Assisi in the Piazza Minerva, with a Gothic portal of the 16th century, the modern Santuario di Cosma e Damiano and more things that you will just have to discover for yourself.
From Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, facing the sea, there's the beautiful and colorful Teatro Margherita. This impressive theater, with its two towers, was built in 1914 on the site of an old wooden theater whose life was limited. Built in Art Nouveau style on the corner of the old port it's surrounded by water and a bridge connects it to the shore. This makes it so unusual. It's currently under renovation to become a contemporary art museum.
Known locally as "N’derr la lanz," the Fish Market is an ideal spot in the middle of the city to enjoy the sunset by the sea and views of the exceptional Teatro Margherita nearby. A meeting place for fishermen by day, at night it becomes a meeting place for the young people of Bari, thanks to the presence of a small kiosk, the "Chiringuito" (Rossini Brewery, founded in 1950). A must-try is the aperitif "panzerotto e Peroni" (Peroni and a fried pasty for only a euro) if you want to feel like a local!