11 days in Puglia Itinerary

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Fly to Bari, Train to Lecce
— 3 nights
Martina Franca
— 4 nights
— 3 nights


Lecce — 3 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Get out of town with these interesting Lecce side-trips: Otranto (Cattedrale Di Otranto, Centro Storico Otranto, &more), Chiesa della Madonna Assunta (in Specchia) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Santa Maria di Leuca). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, Lecce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Mostra La Tana della Taranta.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lecce journey planning site.

Catania to Lecce is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lecce can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Martina Franca.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Martina Franca — 4 nights

Martina Franca, or only Martina, is a town and municipality in the province of Taranto, Apulia (Puglia), southern Italy. Venture out of the city with trips to Taranto (Castello Aragonese & Museo Nazionale Archeologico), Ostuni (Duomo di Ostuni, Masseria Brancati, &more) and Monopoli (Centro Storico di Monopoli & Chiesa San Michele in Frangesto). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, learn about winemaking at L'Acropoli di Puglia, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoosafari, and visit Centro Storico Locorotondo.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Martina Franca online route maker.

You can drive from Lecce to Martina Franca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lecce in May, Martina Franca is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bari.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries
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: Chiesa di San Vito (in Corato), Cattedrale di Trani (in Trani) and Castel del Monte (in Andria). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, get to know the fascinating history of Sassi di Matera, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bari trip planner.

Getting from Martina Franca to Bari by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Martina Franca in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bari, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites
Side Trips

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.