11 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

11 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

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11 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

Start: Bari
Drive:  1​h
1
Alberobello
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Matera
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Monopoli
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lecce
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
5
Gallipoli
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Bari
— 1 night
End: Bari

2
nights
Alberobello

Alberobello ©
Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. On the 13th (Sun), take a stroll through Borgo Medievale di Ceglie Messapica, do a tasting at L'Acropoli di Puglia, make a trip to Centro Storico, then admire the striking features of Trullo Sovrano, and finally take a stroll through Rione Aia Piccola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, steep yourself in history at Castello Marchione, enjoy breathtaking views from Belvedere Santa Lucia, then see the interesting displays at Cantina Albea winery and museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo del Territorio "Casa Pezzolla".

Before you visit Alberobello, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Bari to Alberobello is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Alberobello

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Centro Storico, Castello Marchione, Castello Ducale, L'Acropoli di Puglia
Highlights from your plan
L'Acropoli di Puglia ©
L'Acropoli di Puglia
Castello Marchione ©
Castello Marchione
Castello Ducale ©
Castello Ducale

1
night
Matera

Matera ©
Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Casa grotta del Casalnuovo, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Pietro Caveoso, then get to know the fascinating history of Casa Cisterna Sotterranea, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Ridola, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Matera trip planner.

You can drive from Alberobello to Matera in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Matera, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monopoli.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Casa Cisterna Sotterranea ©
Casa Cisterna Sotterranea
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Casa grotta del Casalnuovo ©
Casa grotta del Casalnuovo

2
nights
Monopoli

Monopoli ©
Monopoli is a town and municipality in Italy, in the province of Bari and region of Apulia. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia and Cattedrale di Conversano. Get a sense of the local culture at Castello Aragonese and Scavi D'Egnazia. Step out of Monopoli with an excursion to Piazza della Liberta in Ostuni--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Masseria Brancati, snap pictures at Ponte Borbonico di Lama Monachile, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio detta del Purgatorio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lama Monachile.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monopoli trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Matera to Monopoli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. October in Monopoli sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lecce.

Things to do in Monopoli

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Polignano a Mare, Ostuni, Conversano, Scavi D'Egnazia, Indiana Park
Highlights from your plan
Masseria Brancati ©
Masseria Brancati
Indiana Park ©
Indiana Park

few
hours
Lecce

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di S. Giovanni Battista al Rosario.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lecce travel route builder website .

Drive from Monopoli to Lecce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Lecce sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Gallipoli

Gallipoli ©
Deriving its name from the Greek for "beautiful city," Gallipoli retains the charm of an old fishing port.
Get some cultural insight at Faro di Leuca and Santuario della Madonna del Canneto a Gallipoli. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dune di Campomarino. Get out of town with these interesting Gallipoli side-trips: Chiesa di Santa Domenica (in Scorrano) and Riserva Naturale della Foce del Fiume Chidro (in San Pietro in Bevagna). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Antica Farmacia Provenzano, see the interesting displays at Frantoio Ipogeo di Palazzo Granafei, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Gallipoli, and relax in the rural setting at Agricole Negro Valiani.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gallipoli trip builder .

Gallipoli is just a stone's throw from Lecce. In October, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bari.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Riserva Naturale della Foce del Fiume Chidro, Dune di Campomarino, Chiesa di Santa Domenica, Chiesa di San Paolo, Agricole Negro Valiani
Highlights from your plan
Frantoio Ipogeo di Palazzo Granafei ©
Faro di Leuca ©
Faro di Leuca

1
night
Bari

Bari ©
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Confetti Andria.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bari trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Bari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Bari sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Giovinazzo, Confetti Andria
Highlights from your plan
Centro Storico Di Giovinazzo ©
Centro Storico Di Giovinazzo
Confetti Andria ©
Confetti Andria
Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta ©
Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta

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