Polignano a Mare is a small comune on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The town rests atop a 20 meter high cliff of limestone and lays above crystal clear waters that gives it the nickname Pearl of the Adriatic Sea.
The small city is a meeting point of different cultures. Its historic center has traces of Byzantine, Spanish, Norman and Arba rule. But the origins of this beautiful city can be traced back to the 4th century BC when Greek settlers founded the city of Neapolis. This city flourished under roman rule and was so important that Emperor Trajan directed his famous Via Traiana through town. You can still see remains of the road a little north of the historic center.
What made Polignano a Mare famous
Polignano a Mare is famous across the world for two main things. The first are the cliffs that, in recent years, were part of the Red Bull Diving competition. In 2010, it attracted more than 45 thousand people into town.
The second thing is the most famous export from Polignano a Mare. His name is Domenico Modugno and you might know him by his massive international hit Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu. You may remember the song as Volare and the locals are incredibly proud of it and even placed a statue of him in the main square.
Another thing you might know about the city is the cave called Palazzese. It is located right beneath the steep cliff where Polignano a Mare is perched. There are legends about a queen having romantic encounters there but may we never know for sure.
When you go to Polignano a Mare, the first thing you have to do is try to enjoy the seascape as much as possible. There are many caves and inlets easily accessible by boat where you can find perfect spots for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Another breathtaking aspect of Polignano a Mare is the view you have from the village historical centre. Everything that you picture from these old small italian villages by the sea are exactly what made this town so famous. You will love to visit this small italian peace of heaven.
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