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Polignano a Mare is a town in the province of Bari (BA) in the Italian region of Apulia (Puglia), Italy.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

From the Bari airport (48 km) take the shuttle for the central train station in Bari. Take the train to Brindisi and get off in Polignano a Mare. From the Brindisi airport (83 km) reach the Brindisi train station by shuttle. Take a train to Bari and get off in Polignano a Mare.

By carEdit

From highway A14 (Bologna – Taranto) and A16 (Napoli – Bari) reach Bari and exit to Bari nord (North). Follow the signs to downtown Bari, Brindisi, Lecce. Continue to Brindisi on the SS 16 and exit to Polignano a Mare nord (North). From Brindisi take the SS16 to Bari and exit at Polignano a Mare / Conversano.

By trainEdit

  • 1 Polignano a Mare railway station (Stazione di Polignano a Mare), Viale Trieste.    

Get aroundEdit

Map of Polignano a Mare


  • 1 Statue of Domenico Modugno (on the seaside in the end of old town). This statue of the Italian singer/songwriter was dedicated in 2009. It's about 3 metres tall and was conceived and built by the Argentinean sculptor Hermann Mejer. Modugno is depicted in the open-armed gesture for which he's famous. A native of Polignano a Mare, he is the author of the famous song “Volare”. The Lungomare Domenico Modugno is also a nice spot to take photos overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
  • 2 Chiesa Matrice Santa Maria Assunta (St. Mary Assunta's mother church) (in Piazza Dell’Orologio). The mother church was consacrated in 1295. The church has a simple but elegant façade and a robust tower bell. The late Renaissance elegant portal is flanked by two statues in valuable niches. The belltower, more than 23 m high, consists of three orders, each in a different style. Inside the church there is a masterpiece, “The Nativity” sculpted by Stefano da Putignano.
  • 3 Lama Monachile (Lama Monachile) (in Via S.Vito). It is one of the best landscapes offered by the place. The beach is located in the centre of Polignano, immersed in the scenic natural landscape worthy of the best paintings. This small cove is known for its crystal clear waters and pebble beach, flanked by rugged suggestive cliffs. Here, its high rock on which the city stands is interrupted for a few metres to allow access to the cove that overlooks the Adriatic at sea level. Going down towards Cala Porto it is easy to admire the incredible scenery, made so wonderfully surreal thanks to the combination of different beauties: the sea caves set in the high cliff are marvellous. Men have contributed to making everything even more picturesque thanks to the construction of numerous houses directly overlooking the sea. It is amazing also admiring the ancient bridge on one side and the sea on the other, whose infinite line is the same color as the horizon. The view of the Lama Monachile is given by this 15-metre high bridge built in the early 30s of the nineteenth century by the Bourbons, who contributed with their construction to make Cala Porto a real commercial port. This Apulian beauty collects a fascinating story too often taken for granted, but which is actually known by very few people.
    Full of tourists all year round and super crowded in summer, it is also the hub of the world famous event 'Red Bull Cliff Diving Polignano' where the citizens' houses are one with the cliffs and seem to almost emerge directly from the waters of the Adriatic: the large audience witnesses spectacular dives at a height of more than 20 meters by athletes from all over the world.
  • 4 Old Town of Polignano a mare (Centro storico). The various cultures that have changed over in Polignano over the centuries, Arab, Byzantine, Spanish, Roman and Norman, are still visible in the historic centre. The entrance is given by the “Porta Grande”, today the Marchesale Arch, the only access inserted in the feudal palace and the Fulvia Miani Perotti square opens to the visitor as soon as the arch is crossed. In ancient times it was equipped with a drawbridge, of which the holes for the chains and hinges are still visible.
    On the right is the palace of the feudal lord, today of the Valentini Counts, while in front, at the corner, there is the terrace of the Governor's palace. On the left, in via Mulini, after passing the building where the Civic Library is located, you will find the birthplace of Msgr. Pompeo Sarnelli, priest and scholar from Polignano who lived between 1649 and 1724. From Piazzetta Miani it is easy to reach the larger Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, along a small road along which there is the pillory, the place where the condemned by the Ducal Court were exposed to public derision. Toda it is still possible to admire a part of the hook that held the pillory and the stones smoothed from the bodies of the suffering. Continuing on, you arrive at the main widening of the historic centre, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. On the left, there is Palazzo dell’Orologio, seat of the town hall until 1837. An ancient sundial can still be seen on it, while at the top a small bell gable rises.
    In this ancient village it is amazing to follow the path of the alleys since there are many very narrow streets and dead ends that offer wonderful corners. There are fabulous views so get lost in the white houses and flowered balconies, streets that resist the passage of time and with a unique and poetic touch: in Polignano the historic centre is full of poems written almost everywhere, on the ground, on walls and on doors by the now famous "Guido, the Flaneur”.




  • 1 Infermento, Piazza San Benedetto, +39 080 424 9840.
  • 2 Pescaria, Piazza Aldo Moro 6/8, +39 080 424 7600. Seafood restaurant.
  • 3 Il Mago Del Gelato, Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi 48, +39 080 424 0669. Delicious ice-cream and granita.
  • 4 Grotta Palazzese, Via Narciso, 59 (inside a cave). Exclusive restaurant.




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