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Breathe and feel the southern Italian joie de vivre here in the beautiful town of Polignano a Mare. It has a scenic location on the cliff edge overlooking the Adriatic Sea with exciting caves in the cliffs under the town. You can reach the towns small beach via some steps and there are more sandy beaches on the outskirts of the town.

Coastline: Polignanos striking rock profile amazes and astounds. Under the town lie a plethora of caves waiting to be explored. Just north of town is the small, picturesque fishing village of San Vito with a monastery and to the south (15 km) is Capitolo with its long sandy beaches and lively nightlife during the summer months. The coast is an inspiring mix of rocks, small lagoons, caves and sandy beaches. If you can't get enough of sandy beaches, then many more can be explored on the Ionian coast just an hour's drive away.

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The town is just 50 km from Bari International Airport and the possibilities for interesting excursions are numerous: For example, Ostuni the white city and Alberobello, which is world famous for its conical limestone trulli houses. You can also visit the city of Matera, which consists of caves, fabulous mazes and buildings carved into the cliffs, or the fabled castle Castel del Monte.

The old town: Polignano a remarkably well preserved old town with quaint squares, atmospheric alleyways and a large selection of restaurants with excellent fish specialties and regional dishes. You'll also find many piazzas, from where you can catch the sea air, the sun's glow and the towns unique atmosphere. The old town also hosts a weekly market every Thursday in an area near the train station.

Boat trip: When you are on the coast, what is more natural than an excursion at sea? From Polignano a Mare it is possible take a boat trip along the coast where you will have the best opportunity to admire the coastline from the sea, visit the caves and also enjoy a swim from the boat. Ask at the local tourist office for further information.

Domenico Modugno, famous for his song 'Volare' in 1958 is from Polignano. It is no surprise that living in Polignano was an inspiration for pure poetry.

 
 

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