Polignano a Mare & Otranto Highlights Full-Day Tour
We will depart this morning from your hotel to enjoy the beauty of Polignano al Mare & Otranto.
In Polignano a Mare, you will explore this magical town where the cliffs meet the seaside of the Adriatic. It’s a small town, known also as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Polignano is the birthplace of the renowned singer Domenico Modugno, who became famous for his song Nel blu dipinto di blu (“In the Sky, Painted Blue”). You will enjoy beautiful views and people watching as the children who have grown up here play on the cliffs and have diving competitions daily during the summer months.
Crystal clear waters and cliffs pitted with caves carved by the sea gives Polignano a Mare its uniqueness. The fascinating historical center reveals traces of its Arab, Byzantine.
In Otranto, we will visit the old town that was declared by UNESCO as “Heritage witness to a culture of peace”. While walking around the town, the ancient walls and the Aragonese Castle can be admired. The castle is a massive building which is part of the tough defenses of Otranto. It was built in the 15th century on one of Frederick II’s earlier fortresses ruins.
Another masterpiece of Baroque architecture we’ll discover is the Cathedral of S. Maria Assunta, consecrated in 1088. It has a huge rose window and the interior has columns said to come from a temple of Minerva and a fine mosaic pavement of 1166. It’s one of the largest mosaics in the world and depicts the “tree of life” with interesting representations of the months and Old Testament subjects. The Cathedral also has a crypt supported by 42 marble columns.