Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare

Destination

Valle d’Itria

Accomodation

Restaurant
Perhaps the most romantic restaurant in Puglia, set in a natural cave above crashing waves.

Perhaps the most romantic restaurant in Puglia, set in a natural cave above crashing waves.

Perched above the cobalt-blue sea, this magical eatery occupies a natural cavern that’s been used for banquets and parties since the 1700s. The views are spectacular, particularly at dusk, and lanterns are cleverly positioned to illuminate the natural beauty. The food – a mix of local dishes and Italian staples – is smartly presented if not particularly refined, but it’s the atmosphere that you’ll remember long after you leave. Book well in advance to get a table near the water and be prepared for very high prices.