13 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

13 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy journey planner

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Fly
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Bari
Drive
2
Polignano a Mare
— 1 day
Drive
3
Matera
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Alberobello
— 1 night
Drive
5
Ostuni
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Lecce
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Otranto
— 1 night
Drive
8
Santa Maria di Leuca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Brindisi
— 1 day
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Bari

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Plan my day in Bari using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Bologna to Bari is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel to Polignano a Mare.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors · Parks

Polignano a Mare

— 1 day
Polignano a Mare is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, located on the Adriatic Sea. On the 12th (Sun), make a trip to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare and then contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Monopoli.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Polignano a Mare online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bari to Polignano a Mare in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Polignano a Mare

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matera

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Palombaro Lungo, make a trip to Casa Noha, and then make a trip to Sassi di Matera.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Matera trip builder.

Drive from Polignano a Mare to Matera in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Matera, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Alberobello.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites

Alberobello

— 1 night
Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): Head underground at Grotte di Castellana, then admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, and then learn about winemaking at I Pastini.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Alberobello online road trip planner.

Getting from Matera to Alberobello by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Alberobello can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ostuni.

Things to do in Alberobello

Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Ostuni

— 2 nights
Ostuni is a city and comune, located about 8 km from the coast, in the province of Brindisi, region of Apulia, Italy). Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Ostuni, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and then stop by Il Botteghino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on Azienda Agricola Pietrasanta, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area, and then get engrossed in the history at Masseria Brancati.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ostuni tour builder site.

Getting from Alberobello to Ostuni by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ostuni when traveling from Alberobello in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lecce.

Things to do in Ostuni

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Lecce

— 2 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria and then make a trip to Centro Storico, Lecce. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Gallipoli and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Lecce.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lecce travel route builder tool.

Getting from Ostuni to Lecce by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lecce when traveling from Ostuni in September, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Otranto.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otranto

— 1 night
Otranto is a town and comune in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses.It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with Diving Fraula, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Otranto, and then head outdoors with Circolo Ippico Malepezza.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Otranto attractions planning app.

You can drive from Lecce to Otranto in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in Otranto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Maria di Leuca.

Things to do in Otranto

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Maria di Leuca

— 4 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. Santa Maria di Leuca is known for wildlife, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, Head underground at Grotta del Soffio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Presicce, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Santuario di Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Maria di Leuca attractions planner.

You can drive from Otranto to Santa Maria di Leuca in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brindisi.

Things to do in Santa Maria di Leuca

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Brindisi

— 1 day
Brindisi is a city in the region of Apulia in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Brindisi, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. On the 24th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tempio di San Giovanni al Sepolcro, don't miss a visit to Colonne Terminali della Via Appia, and then make a trip to Portico dei Cavalieri Templari.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brindisi trip website.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria di Leuca to Brindisi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Brindisi, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Brindisi

Historic Sites

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.