A return to the place where houses rise from the cliffs
Cliff diving's best return to the European cliff diving hub in July! The year's third stop in the very south of Italy, in Polignano a Mare, will see athletes propelling themselves into water from a venue where cliffs are the foundation of everyday life, with the town itself perched on the precipice. Close to 70,000 spectators won't miss the action, as this place not only means mozzarella, delicious raw fish and ice cream, but people of all ages fascinated by jumping into the water.
Hosting the World Series for the fifth time after 2009, 2010 as well as 2015 and last year, this place probably provides the most unusual venue: the take-off spot is a private roof-top terrace and the male and female athletes have to enter the platforms 27m and 21m above the Adriatic Sea walking through a private living room. The house is built over the most famous cliff of the coast and looks integrated into the cliff itself.
Polignano a Mare is a typical south Italian town in the province of Bari in Apulia and home to just a little more than 16,000 people. It was also the birthplace of Domenico Modugno, writer and interpreter of the world famous song "Volare" which means nothing less than "to fly".