Famous for being “The pearl of the Adriatic Sea”, situated 30 km far from Bari, Polignano a mare is a must-see for those wishing to discover the most characteristic side of Puglia. This historical town lying on a rock 24 m above sea level, and overhanging the sea, boasts a history full of Arab, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman influences. With its breathtaking views, its amazing landscape is one-of-a kind.
The Arch of the Old Gate gives access to the Medieval historical centre, where the most attractive buildings are the beautiful Mother church, not far from the Gate and dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, of Renaissance style, and the church of St.Anthony which preserves a wooden choir dating back to the Eighteenth century.
For the lovers of contemporary art, a must-see is the Museum Pino Pascali, situated in the building of the former slaughterhouse, in which it is possible to admire the works by Pascali, an artist from Polignano, and temporay exhibitions.
Finally the beach which has become a symbol of Polignano, the most famous place in Polignano, is the Lama Monachile, made up with two rocky walls overhanging the sea, with a small inlet between them. This beach is also called Cala Porto and can be easily reached from the historical centre, through the Monachile bridge.

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