Timeline: May 21 – May 23
Day 1: Arrived to Rome mid-day on May 20 and stayed for the night to refresh for the journey to Puglia. Stayed at Dimora Degli Dei Rome for one night, it was a great place located right by Rome’s Pantheon in the heart of Rome’s historic centre.
Day 2: Left the hotel in the very early morning to Rome’s train station (Roma Termini) for a 4-hour train ride to Bari. From Bari’s train station took a taxi to airport to pick up the previously booked car rental and drive to Polignano a Mare, a 30-minute drive.
Arrived to Polignano a Mare around 2 PM. Parked the car in a designated parking spot which belonged to Hotel Antico Mondo and was about 10 minutes walk from the Hotel. Hotel Antico Mondo provided a rickshaw ride from the parking to the hotel’s front desk office.
Antico Mondo, was a cozy and charming hotel with rooms spread across the town centre. The rooms were decorated with music themes and shabby decor and all centrally located in the town. All the rooms were part of old buildings that were delicately renovated yet saved the characters, complementing the town.
Polignano a Mare a charming little town by the Adriatic sea. It’s tiny streets are full of exciting surprises and at times, end to scenic terraces facing the sea and perfect for photo shots. It’s small, rocky azure beach get’s super crowded when weather is warm and it’s the famous spot for annual Cliff Diving Competitions.
The town has great culinary treasure, amazing restaurants, and cocktail bars. It’s a fabulous place to stay a couple of nights when visiting Puglia.
Had an amazing fresh seafood lunch as Bella Mbriana restaurant in the main square of the town.
Explored the town and the water front for the rest of the day and enjoyed its tranquility and peace. In the evening, paid a visit to the famous bar, La Casa del Mojito, and tried their fabulous Mojito made with their home grown fresh herbs and enjoyed drinking it on the crowded street outside of the bar with accompany of the loud local crowd.
After warming up with the evening cocktails, headed to Antiche Mura restaurant for dinner. The restaurant had a fascinating cave like structure with delicious food and great service. Ordered their fresh and beautifully prepared seafood, Primitivo wine, and Pugliese style Orecchiette pasta, an unforgettable dinner.
Day 3: Woke up very early to catch the town empty for a few pretty photo shots. Then headed back to Antico Mondo for great breakfast. Spent the day by the beach, water wasn’t warm yet but very refreshing and the beach was crowded.
Spent the rest of the day enjoying the town, food and shopping at the cute boutiques.
Polignano a Mare is also the birth place for the famous Italian singer/song-writer Domenico Modugno, he is most famous for the song “Volare”. His Statue is located in a piazza by the water front.
Day 4: After breakfast, checked out at hotel Antico Mondo and drove to the 2nd Puglia destination, Ostuni.
Next Destination: Ostuni