Waking up to the sound of chirping birds and a sunny blue sky, our last day in Puglia was going to be a relaxed venture to Locorotonto in the morning and heading back to Poliagnano a Mare before flying back to London from Bari.
Please Note: This is Part 3 of a three-part blog post sharing my 72 hour trip in Puglia (covering Lecce, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Ostuni, Savelletri & Locorotondo). This post focuses on exploring Locorotondo & Polignano a Mare.
MONDAY AM – Locorotondo
Locorotondo is a small, charming hilltop town neighbouring Alberobello to the west and Ostuni to the east. From a distance, the white-washed dwellings make Locorotondo resemble its neighbours, but up close you realise they are different in their own ways. Buildings in Locorotondo have peaked roofs, buildings in Alberobello conical roofs and buildings in Ostuni have flat roofs!
While there are no specific famous tourist spots in Locorotondo, the old town itself is the main attraction. Listed as one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, it truly lives up to its name as a town full of beautifully decorated balconies and gardens. You can tell great care is taken by the residents to keep the streets so clean and the buildings so white!
One thing worth mentioning here is that the name Locorotondo, meaning ‘round place’ was derived from the circular structure of the old town, making it hard to get lost here! If you wandering around the town, you will eventually discover the lookout terrace below which give you the view of the countryside of Locorontondo and part of the Valle d'Itria.
Tip: if you want to go to the lookout terrace directly, the photo above was from Villa Garibaldi across the street from the entrance to the old town (near the tourist information center).
MONDAY PM – Polignano a Mare
Think crystal clear water and cliffs pitted with caves carved by the sea over centuries. Picture a Mediterranean white-walled town, perched on a high cliff and peppered with beautiful outdoor cafés & restaurants. This is Polignano a Mare, the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’.
Antiche Mura Ristorante was where we decided to break for an early lunch before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring Polignano a Mare. In English Antiche Mura Ristorante translates to Ancient Walls Restaurant, a name inspired by history for where it stands today was where the first stone that the Greek settlers founded the city of Neapolis back in the 4th century BC. Inside the restaurant, it has a very pleasant and harmonious atmosphere which I love; raw sandstone walls, soft lights from the ceiling and beautiful rustic decorations.
Apart from the beautiful setting the food was outstanding, we ordered a mix of seafood and pasta dishes. Ben ordered the veal, which after eating Austrian schnitzel, just wasn't the winner he was hoping for. Not an area really known for it's meat dishes, but you can't go wrong with local seafood!
After filing up with all this great food, we were set to explore the coastal scene of Polignano a Mare.
Without a doubt the Blue Flag Beach is one of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches that we've seen. It is situated in between two sides of cliffs from which children and teenagers plunge into the crystal clear water all day long!
Tip: When it is low tide, you can also get to the other side of the cliff through a ‘secret’ passageway (which is in the lower left hand corner of the picture above)
Tip: This is a pebble beach, so definitely bring a towel if you want to lie on the beach, and consider bringing a pair of flip flops if you are intending to spend time on the beach, especially if you are planning to walk the passageway to the other side of the cliff.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I would do anything (ok, maybe not anything but you get the pointI) for a good photo. Below are 3 lookout terraces that I recommend to take distant landscape shots:
The old town of Polignano a Mare is tiny but charming; you will not mind getting lost in the winding streets, and there's always something cute around the corner!
NB: The last three photos were taken on our first day before dinner.
That's it! Our 72 hours in Puglia, an eventful yet relaxed trip where we were blessed to experience a different part of Italy outside of the tourist hot-spots of Rome, Venice and the Cinque Terre. At times I almost thought we had been transported to Greece; to me, Puglia is definitely not your 'traditional' Italian holiday, with new things to discover at every turn!
Click here for Part 1 (Lecce & Polignano a Mare), here for Part 2 (Alberobello, Ostuni & Savelletri).
Leonardo Trulli Resort, Locorotondo.
Antiche Mura Ristorante, Polignano a Mare
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