8 days in Puglia Itinerary

8 days in Puglia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puglia journey maker

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Lecce
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria di Leuca
— 1 night
Drive
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Bari
— 3 nights
Fly

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Lecce

— 3 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Explore Lecce's surroundings by going to Gallipoli (Centro Storico di Gallipoli, Lido Punta della Suina, &more), Otranto (Cattedrale Di Otranto, Centro Storico Otranto, &more) and Circolo Ippico Malepezza (in Sant'Andrea). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, Lecce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Croce, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Lecce.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lecce road trip planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to Lecce is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in September, you will find days in Lecce are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Maria di Leuca.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): experience rural life at Agricole Negro Valiani, then don't miss a visit to Antichi Frantoi Ipogei, then head outdoors with Maldive del Salento Pescoluse, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria di Leuca visit app.

You can drive from Lecce to Santa Maria di Leuca in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Santa Maria di Leuca sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bari.

Things to do in Santa Maria di Leuca

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Bari

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bari: Zoosafari (in Fasano), Martina Franca (L'Acropoli di Puglia & I Pastini) and Alberobello (I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site & Trullo Sovrano). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Castellana, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Crocifisso, and don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Bari holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Maria di Leuca to Bari in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Maria di Leuca in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bari, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wineries

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.