A few years ago a spot recited that Puglia is beautiful all year round. We have always been convinced. And even before our region was declared the most beautiful in the world by National Geographic we already knew we were living in a wonderful place that gives the best of itself just off season.
In the tower overlooking the sea
This is the Puglia that we want to tell you in this post: that of the warm autumn sun, the empty beaches and the towers that look at a sea that is caught only by the gulls and who, in the mud, fins and mask, dedicates himself to diving.
We are at Torre Incina, one of the most popular diving spots in Polignano a Mare, in the province of Bari.
Dives take place from the deep creek of Cala Incina, a spectacular natural open-air swimming pool attended not only in the summer but also in the coldest periods. We find that many couples choose this site to celebrate the wedding promise complete with priests and witnesses all strictly with wetsuite and cylinders.
Going back, we can say that we have been swimming in these fresh and clean waters many times, but we never thought we could stay overnight in the tall tower guard of the cave, always admired from below.
Torre Incina was built in the second half of the 16th century, between the municipalities of Polignano a Mare and Monopoli. In the early 1900s it was in use at the Guardia di Finanza and then sold and purchased in 1964 by the architect Vittorio Faglia, an enthusiastic restorer of towers and castles, who, with great love and respect, made it habitable for his family with a simple decor that in colors and in sobriety remembers that of boats. And so today Cala Incina’s tower welcomes its guests: the atmosphere is that of a home lived with books on shelves, pictures and photos.
Of course, even for if only one night to live, the adventure of being the owner of the sea view is not for everyone: the access ladder is lazy and quite demanding. Moreover, it can not be otherwise for a military building wanted as a sighting and alarm point to prevent the raids of Turkish pirates.
For us it was exciting to lean out from the tall and tightened windows opening in the sides of the tower framing sea and sky climbers or from the terrace overlooking the countryside and the cliff of Eremita that already announces the town of Polignano a Mare.
And very electrifying it was to wake up in the morning directly “here where the sea glows and pulls the wind strong” to quote a famous song by Lucio Dalla and watch it move from the waves between the fronds and the scent of tree pines resin around the tower.
Torre Incina is the only one of the numerous Apulian coast towers restructured and transformed into an original holiday home where you can stay and is part of Masseria Spina‘s residences in the nearby Monopoli, which we will soon speak in #sognidoro. It has 8 beds in 4 different environments and is spread over a surface of 120 square meters on two levels.
We had the privilege not to share it with anyone and have it all for us, from the private patio with shower, barbecue and a large table around which to stay in the beautiful season on the ground floor where there are a large living room with tv corner, the two double bedroom with sea view, two bedrooms with bunk beds, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom with shower, all these to fit just like in a boat.
To whom do we recommend it? To those who want to stop for a day to listen to the sea and to watch the moon that lights it up in the evening or, in the morning, the sunrise spectacular with the sun that appears to emerge from the waves.
Vicinale Incina, Contrada Corvino, Polignano A Mare (Ba)
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