I have always believe 24 hours does not do justice to any town/city. Especially if one has time at their disposal, it is best to spend more time in a city. This is what I had in mind for Polignano a mare– a seaside town in Puglia. Staying in B&B Grottone, a quaint B&B in the heart of the town, was one of the best decisions in Polignano as it was only 5 minutes from the main piazza.
I usually enjoyed mornings in the huge terrace in the B&B and had coffee at the local Bar which the B&B owner had a tie up with. Spending 3 days in this town was absolute fun so without much adieu here’s what I did:
Polignano is a town made of a limestone cliff. So on my first day, I went to see that very sight which makes the town so famous. And just next to the huge rock was a statue of the famous singer Domenico Mudungo. You might remember him from his most famous song- Volare! It continues in my head as I write…..
Evening meant aperitivo (drinks+snacks) so I tried Bar Millenium in the centre which was also my breakfast place for the three days. There was a store next to it selling jewellery and the owner Rosanna and I befriended each other even though I was not as well versed with my Italian that time. Great fun chatting before dinner!
My second day started with another fabulous sunrise on the terrace where I made coffee and enjoyed the view of the sea. For breakfast, I sat at Bar Millennium and enjoyed the local vibe with the clink of glasses and smell of fresh coffee.
A couple from Austria, Marlen and Ken, ended up telling their tale of visiting Italy often. We realized we were staying in the same B&B and eventually hit the beach because why not!
Polignano’s beach is breathtaking and it was lovely basking in the sun and relishing the sweet life. La dolce vita! Afterwards there was people watching at the main piazza along with a serving of fresh fruit from Joya Canti di Stagione.
My lunch consisted of blue cheese pizza with a glass of Puglian Negroamaro.
The evening was spent shopping, gelato tasting and more people watching.
Polignano turned to be just what I wanted. A trip of relaxation! After a lazy breakfast at Bar Millenium, I went to see a vintage car exhibition and ate fresh calamari and octopus even though sea food is not my favorite. This was follows by more wine and another round of pizza.
Things to Note:
-B&B Grottone (including breakfast) only 3-4 minutes walk from Piazza Garibaldi.
-Joya Canti di Stagione for fresh shakes and salads.
-Bar Millennium for super coffee and service.
-MINT for fresh vegetables, cheese, wine and salads. Don’t miss their cheesecakes!
-Pescaria and Monaco for fresh seafood.
-La Terazza for a wide variety of pizza.
-Super Mago el Gelo for one of the best gelatos and caffe Speciale.
-Hand made jewellery and knick knacks from Sottolarco.