We embraced the evening as we did the beginning. A cool wind whipped at our faces as we joined the locals in the evening passeggiata – a leisurely stroll around town – a nightly ritual performed throughout Italy. The cool stone radiated the warmth of the day. We shoved our hands deeper in our pockets and opened our faces to the magic. Puglia awaits.
Dinner in a sea cave; no windows or ceiling; the ocean breeze wafting about as you listen to the waves crash on the rocks. This is the seaside town of Polignano a Mare in Puglia. The restaurant Grotta Palazzese is definitely a tourist attraction with over priced food – but it is well worth the price for the experience. We dined a bit early by Italian standards and were treated to the most prized table located on the edge of the cave, overlooking the ocean. For accommodations, we did not stay in the hotel associated with restaurant but rather in the neighboring town of Monopoli – a short 10 minute car ride from Polignano a Mare. I had seen this restaurant in a Facebook post of all places and just decided to make it a priority on our trip last October. I’m glad I did.
Have you ever been to Puglia? Lecce is a charming city nestled in the heel of the Italian boot. She turns on her charm on warm summer evenings.
Stop by a local shop to taste a local favorite wine – Salice Salentino – and enjoy the moment. Salice Salentino is a red wine produced mainly from the Negroamaro grape. Do not miss this or your evening passeggiata.