7 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

7 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

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Alberobello
— 2 nights
Drive
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Polignano a Mare
Drive
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Vieste
— 1 night
Drive
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Matera
— 1 night
Drive
5
Santa Maria di Leuca
— 1 night
Drive
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Lecce
— 1 night
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Alberobello

— 2 nights
Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take a stroll through Rione Aia Piccola, then learn about winemaking at Damati, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belvedere Santa Lucia, and finally see the interesting displays at Cantina Albea winery and museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Madonna della Greca, tour the pleasant surroundings at I Giardini di Pomona, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Domenico, then steep yourself in history at Piazza Roma, and finally contemplate the long history of Palazzo dell'Universita e Torre dell'orologio.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alberobello trip itinerary builder site.

Barcelona, Spain to Alberobello is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Alberobello. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Polignano a Mare.

Things to do in Alberobello

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Polignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, located on the Adriatic Sea. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Polignano a Mare trip builder.

You can drive from Alberobello to Polignano a Mare in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Polignano a Mare, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), you're off to Vieste.

Things to do in Polignano a Mare

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nightlife · Parks

Vieste

— 1 night
Vieste is a town, comune and former Catholic bishopric in the province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stop by la bottega dei formaggi di Laprocina Costanzo, don't miss a visit to Piazzetta Petrone, then don't miss a visit to Chianca Amara, then steep yourself in history at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro di Vieste. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): kick back and relax at Lido Stella Marina Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Camping Villaggio Scialmarino, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia dei Colombi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Francesco.

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You can drive from Polignano a Mare to Vieste in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Vieste can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Vieste

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Matera

— 1 night

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.
To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Matera trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Vieste to Matera takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Vieste in July, you will find days in Matera are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). You'll set off for Santa Maria di Leuca on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Parks

Santa Maria di Leuca

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Lago, cast your line with a fishing tour, then don't miss a visit to Frantoi Ipogei, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Leuca Piccola, and finally explore the ancient world of Centopietre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte Marine Di Leuca, don't miss a visit to Church of Christ the King, then take some stellar pictures from Punta Ristola, and finally get outside with Lido Relax Leuca.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria di Leuca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matera to Santa Maria di Leuca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Matera in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Santa Maria di Leuca. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lecce.

Things to do in Santa Maria di Leuca

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Lecce

— 1 night

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 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Teatro Apollo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Marco, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gesuiti Chiesa del Gesu'.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lecce driving holiday 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 July, plan for a bit warmer days in Lecce, with highs around 38°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites

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.