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Polignano a Mare. Glimpses of authenticity.

A picturesque city, known and appreciated throughout the world, which gave birth to celebrities such as Domenico Modugno and Pino Pascali. Polignano a Mare climbs on a cliff overlooking the sea and stands proud, still surrounded by ancient walls. Once through the Arco Marchesale, the ancient city gate, you enter the old town that leads to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, seat of political and religious power. The Palazzo dell’Orologio (Clock Palace) hosts the image of the patron saint, San Vito, while the adjacent main church holds valuable works of art. The old town, filled with charming narrow streets, is characterized by the beautiful balconies that open onto the reef as well as by the simple Mediterranean architecture, which is composed of external stairs and pretty votive niches.
The coast, populated by numerous caves and caverns, offers natural wonders such as the Grotta Azzurra, in Grottone, the cave of Colombia (Grotta dei Colombi), or the most famous Grotta Palazzese.
For four consecutive years the town has received the prestigious Blue Flag awards and the 4 Vele from Legambiente, which not only guarantee the quality of marine waters, but also the services and the environment.

Colours with a thousand shades. Also at the table.

Polignano a Mare is a treasure chest and its jewels can be appreciated also at the table. The gastronomic culture, typical of this area, has found further confirmation in 2011 by Slow Food, which has awarded the prestigious presidium to the carrot of Polignano, called “bastinaca” in dialect. A particular vegetable that is not the classic orange colour but varies in an infinite number of shades from pale and intense yellow to dark purple. This is because the local farmers only use seed kept for generations and plant carrots without regard to colour, thus offering to the market a vegetable which is different from the mass product. And it’s not just a question of aspect. It is the taste, in fact, that characterizes these carrots that grow on a sandy soil, with a high degree of salinity and are irrigated using brackish water, which gives them a special flavour, slightly salty. The "bastinache" of Polignano a Mare are also characterized by excellent antioxidant properties due to its high content of phenols and carotenoids. The creation of the Slow Food Presidium aims to emphasize this vegetable and the work of the peasants of Polignano a Mare and the centuries-old tradition of local farming, which otherwise would be lost.

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