12 days in Puglia Itinerary

12 days in Puglia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puglia trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, Drive to Bitonto
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Bitonto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taranto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria di Leuca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lecce
— 2 nights
Fly

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Bitonto

— 2 nights
Bitonto is a city and comune in the province of Bari are Mariotto and Palombaio. Escape the urban bustle at Indiana Park and Grotte di Castellana. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cattedrale and Cattedrale di Ruvo di Puglia. Change things up with these side-trips from Bitonto: Castello Svevo di Barletta (in Barletta), Gravina in Puglia (Gravina in Puglia - Cattedrale & Gravina Di Puglia) and Andria (Castel del Monte, Confetti Andria, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta and admire the landmark architecture of Piazza Duomo.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bitonto journey site.

Toronto, Canada to Bitonto is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In May, Bitonto is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taranto.

Things to do in Bitonto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Taranto

— 3 nights

Città dai due mari (City with Two Seas)

Taranto is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spartan Museum of Taranto - Hypogeum Bellacicco and L'Acropoli di Puglia. Take a break from the city and head to Spiaggia di San Pietro in Bevagna and Lido Rilcado Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Taranto: Monopoli (Chiesa San Michele in Frangesto & Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia), Alberobello (Parrocchia Santuario Basilica S.S. Cosma E Damiano & I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site) and Basilica di San Martino (in Martina Franca). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Domenico Maggiore Church and step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Taranto trip site.

Traveling by car from Bitonto to Taranto takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Bitonto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Taranto, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Maria di Leuca.

Things to do in Taranto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Maria di Leuca

— 3 nights
Santa Maria di Leuca, often spelled simply Leuca, is a frazione of the comune of Castrignano del Capo, in the province of Lecce (Apulia), southern Italy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica Santuario di Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae and Palazzo Protonobilissimo Risolo. Get a sense of the local culture at Centro Storico Medievale di Specchia and Sidereus. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Maria di Leuca: Origano Cibo e Vino (in Minervino di Lecce), Zona Franca Lounge Beach (in Lido Marini) and Lido Il Molo (in Torre San Giovanni). There's lots more to do: choose your vessel at Colaci Nautica, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Azienda Agricola Boccarello - Olio del Salento, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Soffio.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Maria di Leuca visit planner.

You can drive from Taranto to Santa Maria di Leuca in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Taranto in May, expect nights in Santa Maria di Leuca to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Lecce.

Things to do in Santa Maria di Leuca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Lecce

— 2 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Otranto and then get outside with Circolo Ippico Malepezza. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Matteo, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Faggiano.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lecce vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria di Leuca to Lecce takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Santa Maria di Leuca in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Lecce: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

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.