Perched atop a string of cliffs overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Polignano a Mare is a picturesque town between Bari and Brindisi. It is the believed site of the ancient Greek city of Neapolis and flourished as a trade hub due to its strategic position. After being expanded by the Byzantine Empire, it thrived under the Normans before reaching its peak under the Crown of Aragon.
Things to do in Polignano a Mare
Spend your days relaxing on one of Polignano a Mare’s pebbly beaches, which include the cliff-framed cove of Lama Monachile and the bridge-backed Ponte dei Lapilli. You can enjoy elevated views across the Adriatic Sea from the Belvedere Terrazza Santo Stefano and the Mirador al Bastión de Santo Stefano.
Overlooking the sea to the north of Polignano a Mare is the Abbey of San Vito Martire, which combines both Romanesque and Baroque architectural styles in its design. Dating back to the 10th century, its church was built on the remains of an ancient Roman tower and houses a triptych depicting Saints Vito, Modesto and Crescenza.
Art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Pino Pascali, which is named in honour of the sculptor and set designer who is buried in Polignano a Mare. In addition to exhibiting television and theatre sets that he designed, the museum features paintings, sculptures and photographic works. The museum is just a stone’s throw from the Grotta delle Monache and offers views of the Scoglio dell’Eremita.
Getting around Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare is a 15-minute drive from Monopoli and 35 minutes from Bari. Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport is 40 minutes away and has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Trains connect along the coastline to the Polignano a Mare railway station and buses travel throughout the town.