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Polignano a Mare – where the streets are a book of poems

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 by

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The entire region of Puglia is dotted with beautiful little towns, so it’s quite difficult to decide which ones to visit. I opted to see more of the coastal towns, mostly because I love the sea, but also because the colour of the old city stone looks more striking against a blue-sea background.

One of the places I visited during my trip to Italy (and probably my favourite) is Polignano a Mare.

Very easy to reach by train from Bari, Polignano is a charming town located on the Adriatic Sea. The best part of Polignano is, of course, the old town. The view of the white and beige houses, built on top of high cliffs above the blue water, was absolutely amazing! The narrow streets are a labyrinth, where getting lost is a pleasure. You’ll find lovely poems and quotes here and there, written on doors, stairs, and walls.

The air is salty and sea-like, and there are a few panoramic terraces offering a view over the sea. I had the surprise of just stumbling upon a few small openings between the houses, with a great view. Polignano has a small beach too, rocky but still very cosy. Perfect when you need to cool down from the heat after so much walking through the streets.

I’m so happy I got to see Polignano a Mare, it was at the top of my list for some time! I only spent one day there, but I could have easily stayed for 2-3 days, enjoying the dolce far niente of the Italian life, eating pizza and going to the beach. Maybe next time I’ll do it. For now, I invite you to see a bit of my holiday in these pictures:



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