Last summer I was lucky enough to travel to Puglia, the region located at the heel of Italy. Puglia was beautiful and I would highly recommend traveling there if you have the opportunity. Puglia is not as touristy as other major cities in Italy such as Rome or Florence. This allows you to get the full experience of the Italian lifestyle. As I was driving through Puglia I saw countless olive trees along the way. Puglia is very well known for their local olive oil and it is also the home of Burrata cheese. If you haven’t tried it then it’s a must, I promise you won’t regret it!
One of my favorite cities in Puglia was the city of Polignano a Mare, which is nicknamed the Pearl of the Adriatic. An ancient legend says that a piece of the Greek coast drifted and came to merge with the Apulian coast. Polignano a Mare is located at the coast of the Adriatic Sea in the province of Bari.
Polignano a Mare has the most stunning views and it is a great place to visit if you’re a beach lover. The town is mostly all white and beige limestone with a distinct Greek influence.
The main piazza is called Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s 6:00 pm and the bars are packed with people drinking their aperitivo and all you hear is laughter and people enjoying l’estate. This is what summer in Italy is all about!
Polignano a Mare has the most gorgeous restaurant located inside a cave. This restaurant is called Grotta Palazzese. I would highly recommend going there as it’s a one of a kind experience. It’s located right in a cave with a spectacular view of the sea. The restaurant is more of a tourist attraction but it truly is an unbelievable experience. Throughout your meal, you will enjoy live music along with the spectacular sunset. This restaurant is very well organized and easy to get to as they have a parking lot and shuttles to take you to the restaurant.
When you’re in Puglia indulge in the local cuisine such as burrata, orecchiette con cime di rape, and panzerotti (deep fried pockets filled with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce). Oh and don’t forget to have a glass of Primitivo!
All of the ingredients used in the Apulian cuisine are fresh as farming and fishing are vital to the Apulian economy.
I hope to have the opportunity to go back to Puglia and visit Polignano a Mare again as it was ultimately a marvelous city.
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