12 days in Puglia Itinerary

12 days in Puglia Itinerary

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Bari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vieste
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taranto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lecce
— 3 nights
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Bari

— 2 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Baart Gallery and Centro Storico di Monopoli. For shopping fun, head to Confetti Andria or Ipercoop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bari: Andria (Castel del Monte & Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni), Grotte di Castellana (in Castellana Grotte) and Altamura (Cattedrale & La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Coperto Santa Scolastica, view the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Civica, and contemplate the long history of Cattedrale di Bari.

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New York City, USA to Bari is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In October in Bari, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vieste.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Vieste

— 3 nights
Vieste is a town, comune and former Catholic bishopric in the province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. Shop till you drop at Maria Voto la Tela and Tomba di Rotari. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo and Castello Normanno Svevo Aragonese. Venture out of the city with trips to Peschici centro storico (in Peschici), Monte Sant'Angelo (S. Maria Maggiore, Museo Lapidario, &more) and Church of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (in San Giovanni Rotondo). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Vieste Promenade, explore the striking landscape of Vico del Gargano, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato di Vieste.

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Getting from Bari to Vieste by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Vieste are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taranto.

Things to do in Vieste

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Taranto

— 2 nights

Città dai due mari (City with Two Seas)

Taranto is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. On the 18th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Castello Aragonese, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nazionale Archeologico, then do a tasting at I Pastini, then admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Trullo Sovrano. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, shop like a local with L'Ulivo che Canta, then look for gifts at Typicus, then get into the urban bustle at La Casbah della Valle d'Itria, and finally learn about winemaking at L'Acropoli di Puglia.

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Getting from Vieste to Taranto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Lecce.

Things to do in Taranto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Lecce

— 3 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Do your shopping at Olio Merico and Nardo. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica di Santa Croce and Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria. Get out of town with these interesting Lecce side-trips: Otranto (Cattedrale Di Otranto & Centro Storico Otranto), Circolo Ippico Malepezza (in Sant'Andrea) and Masseria Brancati (in Ostuni). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Lecce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo del Principe, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Gallipoli, and don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, Lecce.

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Drive from Taranto to Lecce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Puglia travel guide

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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.