11 days in Basilicata & Puglia Itinerary

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Matera — 4 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.
Matera is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sassi di Matera, deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour, awaken your taste buds at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, and see the interesting displays at MOOM Matera Olive Oil Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Matera journey app.

Brindisi to Matera is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Brindisi in April, Matera is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taranto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Side Trip

Taranto — 2 nights

Città dai due mari (City with Two Seas)

Taranto is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Taranto Catherdral - Duomo of San Cataldo, step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese, snap pictures at Ponte Girevole, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nazionale Archeologico, and finally make a trip to Ex Convento di S Francesco. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, then make a trip to Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova, then see the interesting displays at Trullo Sovrano, and finally look for gifts at Oleificio Salamida.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Taranto trip planner.

Drive from Matera to Taranto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Taranto when traveling from Matera in April, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lecce.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

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 Libreria La Musa (in Galatina) and Otranto (Centro Storico Otranto & Cattedrale Di Otranto). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, Lecce, take an in-depth tour of Museo Faggiano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lecce online day trip planner.

You can drive from Taranto to Lecce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Taranto in April, plan for little chillier nights in Lecce, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brindisi.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Brindisi — 1 night

Brindisi is a city in the region of Apulia in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Brindisi, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Santa Maria del Casale, make a trip to Monumento al Marinaio d'Italia, then don't miss a visit to Colonne Terminali della Via Appia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tempio di San Giovanni al Sepolcro.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brindisi day trip planning app.

Drive from Lecce to Brindisi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Brindisi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites

Basilicata travel guide

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.

Puglia travel guide

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.