Polignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy

72 hours in Polignano a Mare, Italy

Rising from the Adriatic sea, Polignano a Mare, a town built into the limestone rocks, is one of my favourite travel discoveries. Planned as a base from which to explore the rest of Puglia, Polignano a Mare surprised and charmed, with its energy and beauty. The place I ate the best mozzarella of my life: fresh and dreamy; where septuagenarians and above dominate the queues for midnight gelato; where tiny kids jump from breathtaking heights in to crystal clear waters… where every corner presents a photo opportunity. With every old town comes a suitably old tale; for Polignano a Mare this rather sweet one: visit all three of the ‘balconatas’, kiss your loved one at each, and you will be married. Aside from magical view points, some foodie must visits:

For the freshest local fish sashimi, takeaway or eat in, accompanied by a crisp glass of Apulian rose: Pescaria.

For the famous Caffe Speciale, a moreish mix of espresso, ice cream, amaretto liqueur and lemon rind: Mario Campanella, Il Super Mago Del Gelo.

For wood-fired pizza the way it’s meant to taste, with interesting combos such as the root ginger one I ordered, and a good selection of Bavarian beers, a short stroll from the beach: Al Buco Preferito.

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