My Secret Puglia

I headed out to Puglia, with my lovely friend Ricki. Before setting off we had a lovely breakfast at Bar Jonathan along the sea front in Santa Maria. We studied the map and set off around 9am. By midday we had crossed from the west coast to the east coast of Italy and our first port of call was Polignano a Mare. What struck me, was that most couples, that marry in Santa Maria, tend to honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast, which during the summer months, is also about a 3 hour drive away. So, why not recommend this other much less commercialised part of Italy as a honeymoon option? We parked up and headed towards the ancient walled town of Polignano which is set on lime-stone cliffs where local diving competitions take place during the summer months. I fell in love instantly. Tiny piazzas, town houses, narrow lanes all lit with hanging lights and pots of fresh herbs everywhere. As we entered the town, I noticed a gentleman sat on a chair with an easel. I later found out he wrote on every available space: chairs, tables, doorways, leaving lovely poems and messages for future generations. He was adored by the locals. Ricki and I had a town house each, both built on 3 levels, with roof top terraces. Because it was November, the town had very few visitors, but we were non the less made to feel very welcome and we could not wait to explore this little gem.

ciao julie

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