11 days in Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria Itinerary

11 days in Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria Itinerary

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Trani
— 1 night
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Matera
— 3 nights
Drive
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Civita
— 1 night
Drive
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Alberobello
— 3 nights
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Lecce
— 2 nights
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Trani

— 1 night
Trani is a seaport of Apulia, in southern Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, 40km by railway West-Northwest of Bari. On the 3rd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Castel del Monte and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Trani. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Palazzo Mincuzzi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola, and then make a trip to Citta Vecchia - Bari.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Trani trip planner.

Thessaloniki, Greece to Trani is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Thessaloniki to Trani due to the time zone difference. April in Trani sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Trani

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matera

— 3 nights

Subterranean City

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Step out of Matera to go to Montescaglioso and see Convento delle Clarisse ora sede della Casa Comunale, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera, admire the landmark architecture of Cattedrale di Matera, Head underground at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, and don't miss a visit to Palombaro Lungo.

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You can drive from Trani to Matera in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Trani in April: highs in Matera hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Civita.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Civita

— 1 night
Civita is a hilltown and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Sanctuary of St Maria of Weapons, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Etonico Arbresh, then identify plant and animal life at Setteventi del Pollino, and finally take in the views from Il ponte del diavolo.

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You can drive from Matera to Civita in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alberobello.

Things to do in Civita

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Alberobello

— 3 nights
Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Get out of town with these interesting Alberobello side-trips: Taranto (Jonian Dolphin Conservation & Castello Aragonese), Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare (in Polignano a Mare) and Masseria Brancati (in Ostuni). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, learn about winemaking at L'Acropoli di Puglia, don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Pietro Apostolo, and examine the collection at Trullo Sovrano.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Alberobello online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Civita to Alberobello takes 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Alberobello can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lecce.

Things to do in Alberobello

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lecce

— 2 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Lecce, and finally don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, Lecce. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Croce and then explore the ancient world of Anfiteatro Romano.

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You can drive from Alberobello to Lecce in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Lecce are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puglia travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.

Basilicata travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Basilicata, the most mountainous region in the south of Italy, boasts two separate coastlines and numerous places to visit, including secluded beaches and medieval hilltop towns. Over the centuries, the Greeks, French, Spanish, and Arabs invaded Basilicata. Each of these cultures left a deep mark on the area's culture and traditions, most visible in the region's Byzantine rock churches and fortified towns--as well as the numerous festivals throughout the year. Basilicata is known for combining a few local ingredients into delicate dishes. Make sure your itinerary includes exploring the region's small towns, where locals create several types of wheat pasta and offer a wide range of vegetable specialties.

Calabria travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Forming the toe of Italy's "boot," Calabria is considered the Caribbean of Europe and may very well be the country's best-kept secret. Visitors can find everything from beaches to Byzantine churches here. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples, and medieval castles and palaces are just some of the attractions scattered around one of the country's least-developed regions. Calabria remains largely unblemished by mass tourism, with many charming places to visit like olive plantations, orange groves, waterfalls, and lakes. Because it's bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, the water plays a huge role in the region's culture and cuisine. Calabria is also an up-and-coming producer of fine wines.