What’s more romantic than a candle lit dinner at the seaside? A candle-lit dinner in a grotto restaurant carved into the Italian seaside. Grotta Palazzese hotel restaurant is set in a vaulted limestone cave in the town of Polignano a Mare in Southern Italy. You’re not only dining in a cave – you can also soak in the sights of the Adriatic sea and the vertical cliffs typical to the seaside.

Source: Restaurant Built Inside An Italian Cave Let’s You Dine With Breathtaking Views


A trip to the Italian seaside is romantic enough, but what about dining in a beautiful restaurant that sits basically on top of the ocean’s surface? The Grotta Palazzese hotel, built into the side of a limestone cave in the Italian town of Polignano a Mare features breathtaking views of the ancient cavernous cliffside bordering the Adriatic Sea. In the Neolithic Age the cave was inhabited by a Greek colony who used the space in the 1700s much like it’s used today: dinners, banquets, special events, etc. Featuring warm, dimly lit table settings and high-vaulted natural limestone ceilings, this is probably as close as you can get to seeing how humans used to live … perhaps with the exception of electricity and white tablecloths. See for yourself: