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Stunning views over the Adriatic, a warm summer night's breeze and world class dining - the only thing the Grotta Palazzese is missing is four walls.
The enchanting restaurant in Polignano a Mare in Southern Italy was built inside a cave centuries ago, allowing for one of the world's most unique dining experiences.
Carved from the cliff face's limestone, the restaurant juts out 74 feet above sea level, allowing diners to watch the waves lap the shores just beneath them.
Breathtaking: Restaurant Grotta Palazzese is situated in a limestone cave in Southern Italy
Stunning: It is just 74 ft above sea level, allowing diners to watch the waves lap the shores below
The dramatic view over the sea is best viewed from one of the dimly-lit tables for two that sweep along the cave's edge.
As they take in th e sea view, they can enjoy dishes such as Thai squid and grilled garlic prawns with glasses of Fiano diAvellino - at more than $100 a head.
Nestled: The restaurant is built in the cliffs of the Italian medieval town Polignano a Mare
Atmospheric: The dimly-lit tables for two along the water's edge offer the most romantic seats in the house
And if diners want to work up an appetite before the meal, they can meander through the narrow streets of the medieval town, built on sheer cliffs with scattered white buildings and natural caves.
The setting also provided a feast for the eyes for local nobility during grand banquets at the restaurant as far back as the 1700s.
The grotta - Italian for 'cave' - is part of the Grotta Palazzese hotel, which is located above and built from local stone. The restaurant is open from May to October.
Cave: The restaurant, which is only open in the summer months, is situated beneath a hotel
Quiet: The restaurant, near Bari in Southern Italy, offers spacious tables and an ever-changing menu
Tranquil: Diners can enjoy the menu and local wines while overlooking the still Adriatic sea