Located in Southern Italy, Grotta Palazzese (The Summer Cave) is a one of kind dining experience. It’s only open in the summer (as its name suggests), but you probably wouldn’t want to dine there any other time. Why? It’s in a cave (hence the other part of its name) along the Mediterranean Sea.
I saw a picture of the restaurant tweeted and was so intrigued! It’s connected to a hotel, but you don’t need to be staying overnight there to dine. Such an atmosphere is remarkably unique, because yes, a lot of places over views of water, and I’m sure a lot of dining establishments in Italy boast of their views of the Mediterranean Sea, but this is the only one inside a limestone cave.
The seating ranges from intimate (two people) to a quaint get together (3-5). I’m sure getting a reservation is difficult, but if I were ever given a chance, I wouldn’t hesitate. Nothing could be more calming than listening to the waves lap at the stone beneath you. It appears that there are even decks atop the grotto, should a couple prefer to have the sky above them and their food.