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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:

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Day 1:

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…..

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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!

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Day 2:

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.

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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!

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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.

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My lunch consisted of blue cheese pizza with a glass of Puglian Negroamaro.

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The evening was spent shopping, gelato tasting and more people watching.

Day 3:

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.

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Things to Note:

Stay:

-B&B Grottone (including breakfast) only 3-4 minutes walk from Piazza Garibaldi.

Eat:

-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.

Buy:

-Hand made jewellery and knick knacks from Sottolarco.

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