Noblemen and women have sought out the tranquility of this natural limestone grotto in Southern Italy for hundreds of years, and now it has been transformed into an exclusive Italian restaurant called The Summer Cave. Located in Polignano a Mare, the boutique Grotta Palasezze hotel boasts two restaurants, but the grotto is only open during summer months.
The clifftop Grotta Palasezze has 20 rooms overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the old town of Polignano o Mare. Dimly lit and outfitted with furnishings made simply from natural materials in order to blend in with its unique surroundings, the restaurant sits just below the hotel and boasts magnificent views.
The Summer Cave has been voted as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world by the Fodor travel guide. We’ve never been, so we can’t attest to that, but we do think a grotto is one of the most interesting locations to place a restaurant. Similar examples of restaurants in unusual settings include a restaurant shanghaied on an island in the Indian Ocean and another set at the foot of an active waterfall.
Via Twisted Sifter