Even if you haven’t been there before, you can probably guess that Southern Italy abounds with stunning scenery and delicious cuisine. Allowing locals and tourists alike to revel in all the brilliance the region has to offer is the Grotta Palazzese hotel restaurant, a grotto restaurant carved into the Italian seaside.

Located in a vaulted limestone cave in the town of Polignano a Mare in Puglia, it sits among the winding alleys and white houses of the old town. Reflections from the Adriatic Sea provide natural lighting to the summer cave, which is open annually from May to October.

The Grotto Palazzese hotel restaurant writes on their website that the grotto has been at the heart of the region’s festivities for over 250 years, having been inhabited since the Neolithic and eventually used as a venue by the local nobility for banquets.

Astoundingly beautiful in every way, this is the perfect place for a special night out with friends or family, a date, or a night out with your wonderful self.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.