15 days in Puglia, Matera & Province of Rome Itinerary

15 days in Puglia, Matera & Province of Rome Itinerary

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Start: Christchurch
Fly + Drive:  35 h
1
Taranto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Matera
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Bari
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 15 min
4
Tivoli
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Ostia Antica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30 h
End: Christchurch

2
nights
Taranto

Taranto ©
Taranto is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. Venture out of the city with trips to Lecce (Centro Storico, Lecce, Basilica di Santa Croce, &more), I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site (in Alberobello) and L'Acropoli di Puglia (in Martina Franca). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nazionale Archeologico.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Taranto trip itinerary planning site.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Taranto is an approximately 34- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Taranto is minus 11 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in January; daily highs in Taranto reach 15°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Taranto

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Lecce, I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, L'Acropoli di Puglia
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Castello Aragonese ©
Castello Aragonese
I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site ©
I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site
Centro Storico, Lecce ©
Centro Storico, Lecce

4
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matera: Chiesa Matrice di S.Michele Arcangelo (in Pomarico), Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo (in Potenza) and Salerno (TEMPERE Azienda Vitivinicola f.lli Pica & Il Vecchio Centro Storico di Romagnano al Monte). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sassi di Matera, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta, contemplate the long history of Castel del Monte, and see the interesting displays at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Matera travel planner.

You can drive from Taranto to Matera in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Taranto in January: high temperatures in Matera hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Bari.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Civita, Salerno, Cantine del Notaio, La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, Castel del Monte
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina ©
Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina
Castel del Monte ©
Castel del Monte

2
nights
Bari

Bari ©
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
On the 18th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Confetti Andria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Trani, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Grotte di Castellana, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, and then make a trip to Citta Vecchia - Bari.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bari tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Matera to Bari takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tivoli.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Confetti Andria, Grotte di Castellana, Cattedrale di Trani, Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare
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Basilica San Nicola ©
Basilica San Nicola
Citta Vecchia - Bari ©
Citta Vecchia - Bari
Cattedrale di Trani ©
Cattedrale di Trani

2
nights
Tivoli

Tivoli ©
Tivoli is a town and comune in Lazio, central Italy, about 30km east-north-east of Rome, at the falls of the Aniene river where it issues from the Sabine hills. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Monastero Di S.Benedetto, step into the grandiose world of Resti del Castello Colonna di Olevano Romano, then explore the ancient world of Villa Adriana, and finally admire the natural beauty at Villa d'Este. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate the long history of Bunker Soratte, and then get engrossed in the history at Diffused Museum of Wine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Tivoli trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and train from Bari to Tivoli in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Tivoli can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Ostia Antica.

Things to do in Tivoli

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trips

Diffused Museum of Wine, Resti del Castello Colonna di Olevano Romano, Bunker Soratte, Monastero Di S.Benedetto, Spas
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Villa d'Este ©
Villa d'Este
Villa Adriana ©
Villa Adriana
Spas

2
nights
Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica ©
Ostia Antica is a large archeological site, close to the modern suburb of Ostia, that was the location of the harbour city of ancient Rome, which is approximately 30km to the northeast. On the 22nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale Di S. Aurea, then delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, and then stop by Sapori Italiani.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ostia Antica trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Tivoli to Ostia Antica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ostia Antica

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Sapori Italiani
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Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Sapori Italiani ©
Sapori Italiani

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