Murgia, from ravines to sea-caves


Outstanding archaeological sites and one of Puglia’s most famous coastal landscapes, this area is where land and sea come together with flavour and history. The lunar landscape of the hinterland is very atmospheric, dry on the surface but with underground rivers, and has conserved priceless prehistoric remains like “Altamura Man” and Cava Pontrelli, with its dinosour footprints. As you move on towards the coast, past dry-stone walls and undulating pastures, you can stop along the way to try some lamb or local sausage, not to mention the celebrated “Ferrovia” cherries. Polignano a mare, birthplace of Domenico Modugno, is the place to finish the trip with one of the delicious ice-creams for which the town is justly renowned.

Don’t miss:

  • venture into the underground world of the ravines and see art, remains and folklore at the Santomasi Foundation Museum in Gravina
  • discover rural life in the D. Bianco Museum of Country Life in Sammichele di Bari
  • visit the Pino Pascali Museum of Contemporary Art in Polignano

What to try:

  • delicious cardoncello mushrooms
  • a meat grill for zampina sausage and the meat of your choice, grilled as you wait
  • some traditional ice-cream


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