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Polignano a mare is a town of Greek origins. It is located on a deep gorge overlooking the Adriatic sea on a steep rocky cliff of karst nature. Because of the karst nature of the cliff there is a number of caves on the sea that were inhabited by the prehistoric men. Of these, marine caves the Palazzese grotto, is the most enchanting one and should be seen.

The historic centre of Poligano a mare is well preserved. Its network of alleyways winding among the typical white houses and small courtyards, lead to terraces with amazing views over the Adriatic sea.
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Lecce is rightly acclaimed as one of the capitals of the Baroque, a style which here has acquired unrivalled originality and exuberance thanks to the skills with which local architects and stonemasons worked the soft, malleable pink-tinged local stone.

During the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries, Lecce was embellishing with monuments, in particular churches, of great artistic worth.
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All along the coast of Puglia there are many beautiful beaches of particular interest. On the Gargano promontory, north of Puglia, beaches are often enclosed inside large coves surrounded by high cliffs, some of which are accessible only by sea. In the south of the Adriatic part of Puglia there are two kinds of beaches: some are long with sandy dunes covered with Mediterranean vegetation, others are located beside enchanting inlets surrounded by low cliffs. The part of the coast that faces the Ionian Sea is primarily defined by long beaches with vast pine forests inland, although some long rocky stretches can still be seen.


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Alberobello is a small town famous for its unique trulli constructions and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main quarters of the town, Rione Monti and Aia Piccola, are entirely made up of trulli lining the uphill lanes. A fairytale scene which never fails to enchant visitors to this part of the region.
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The small town of Polignano a Mare was once protected by defensive walls, with towers, bastions and a moat. Parts of the walls have survived and can be seen between via Roma and via Muraglie. The Arco Marchesale, which still exists today, was for centuries the only entrance to the city.

The charming old town is a maze winding white-washed alleys with beautiful old churches and palaces, leading to terraces with breathtaking views of the Adriatic sea and the cliffs and caves below.

A number of interesting buildings worth a visit are dotted around the town: the Arco Marchesale, the Palazzo Marchesale, the Palazzo del Governatore and the Palazzo dell'Orologio, located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, as wells as the Chiesa Madre, the main church of Polignano.
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The Collegiata of S. Martino has a beautiful façade and a portal decorated by a high-relief sculpture on St. Martin and the poor. The interior houses some rich and multi-coloured marble altars.
http://www.pugliaandculture.com/touristic-places-in-puglia/martina-franca
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Charming back balcony of Palazzo Ducale at Martina Franca
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Alberobello is a small town famous for its unique trulli constructions and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main quarters of the town, Rione Monti and Aia Piccola, are entirely made up of trulli lining the uphill lanes. A fairytale scene which never fails to enchant visitors to this part of the region.
The name of the town derives from the Latin, Sylva Arboris Belli (wood from the tree of war), after an oak tree which once lay nearby.
It seems to have been founded in the XV century by the Acquaviva family, the Counts of Conversano; but it was only from 1635 that the town really began to develop, under the influence of Count Giangirolamo II, called "the squint-eyed".
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The old town of Oria with its narrow lanes, which here and there open into beautiful squares and courtyards, is dominated by a splendid castle. In one of its squares there is also the Cathedral in Baroque style and, next to it, the Bishop's Palace.
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