7 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

7 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

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Polignano a Mare
— 1 day
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Monopoli
— 1 night
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Ostuni
— 1 night
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Matera
— 3 nights
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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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Lama Monachile, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Pietro Apostolo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Polignano a Mare planning site.

Naples to Polignano a Mare is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Polignano a Mare when traveling from Naples in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Monopoli.

Things to do in Polignano a Mare

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Monopoli

— 1 night
Monopoli is a town and municipality in Italy, in the province of Bari and region of Apulia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Monopoli, Head underground at Grotte di Castellana, then take in the dramatic natural features at Grotta del Trullo, and finally examine the collection at Trullo Sovrano.

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Monopoli is very close to Polignano a Mare. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ostuni.

Things to do in Monopoli

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Ostuni

— 1 night
Ostuni is a city and comune, located about 8 km from the coast, in the province of Brindisi, region of Apulia, Italy). Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stroll through Spiaggia Torre Guaceto, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Costa Merlata, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lido onda blu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Masseria Brancati.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ostuni holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Monopoli to Ostuni takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Monopoli in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Ostuni. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matera.

Things to do in Ostuni

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Master Wave and Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario. Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina and Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Metaponto will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Lido Playa del Sol (in Montegiordano), Sea and Beach in Roseto Capo Spulico (in Roseto Capo Spulico) and Lido Zanzibar (in Marina di Ginosa). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera, delve into the distant past at Cripta del Peccato Originale, don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, and see the interesting displays at Sassi in Miniatura.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matera travel planning app.

You can drive from Ostuni to Matera in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Matera when traveling from Ostuni in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Matera

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · 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.