8 days in Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria Itinerary

8 days in Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria Itinerary

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Bari
— 2 nights
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Matera
— 2 nights
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Civita
— 1 night
Drive
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Lecce
— 2 nights
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Bari

— 2 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bari: Alberobello (Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova & I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site), Zoosafari (in Fasano) and Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare (in Polignano a Mare). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Trani, appreciate the extensive heritage of Confetti Andria, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Castellana.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bari trip planner.

Thessaloniki, Greece to Bari is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Thessaloniki to Bari, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Bari, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
On the 6th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Materasum Ipogeo, don't miss a visit to Palombaro Lungo, see the interesting displays at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, then don't miss a visit to Sassi di Matera, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria de Idris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Matera, then stroll around Parco della Murgia Materana, then examine the collection at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, and finally don't miss a visit to Cattedrale.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Matera trip maker website.

Getting from Bari to Matera by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Matera are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Civita.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Civita

— 1 night
Civita is a hilltown and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuary of St Maria of Weapons, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta, take an in-depth tour of Museo Etonico Arbresh, then look for all kinds of wild species at Setteventi del Pollino, and finally snap pictures at Il ponte del diavolo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Civita trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Matera to Civita in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lecce.

Things to do in Civita

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Lecce

— 2 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Lecce, and finally make a trip to Centro Storico, Lecce. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Croce and then delve into the distant past at Anfiteatro Romano.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lecce trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Civita to Lecce in 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Lecce can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.

Basilicata travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Basilicata, the most mountainous region in the south of Italy, boasts two separate coastlines and numerous places to visit, including secluded beaches and medieval hilltop towns. Over the centuries, the Greeks, French, Spanish, and Arabs invaded Basilicata. Each of these cultures left a deep mark on the area's culture and traditions, most visible in the region's Byzantine rock churches and fortified towns--as well as the numerous festivals throughout the year. Basilicata is known for combining a few local ingredients into delicate dishes. Make sure your itinerary includes exploring the region's small towns, where locals create several types of wheat pasta and offer a wide range of vegetable specialties.

Calabria travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Forming the toe of Italy's "boot," Calabria is considered the Caribbean of Europe and may very well be the country's best-kept secret. Visitors can find everything from beaches to Byzantine churches here. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples, and medieval castles and palaces are just some of the attractions scattered around one of the country's least-developed regions. Calabria remains largely unblemished by mass tourism, with many charming places to visit like olive plantations, orange groves, waterfalls, and lakes. Because it's bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, the water plays a huge role in the region's culture and cuisine. Calabria is also an up-and-coming producer of fine wines.