15 days in Puglia, Basilicata & Rome Itinerary

15 days in Puglia, Basilicata & Rome Itinerary

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Bus to Detroit, Fly to Otranto
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Otranto
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Maria di Leuca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taranto
— 1 night
Drive
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Matera
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maratea
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome
— 5 nights
Fly to Detroit, Bus to Windsor

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Otranto — 1 night

Otranto is a town and comune in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses.It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Otranto and then get outside with Circolo Ippico Malepezza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Grotta Azzurra e Palombara, enjoy the sand and surf at Swim Liberi di Nuotare, appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo del Principe, then shop like a local with Mercatino Del Gusto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Otranto trip website.

Windsor, Canada to Otranto is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Windsor in August, expect Otranto to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Maria di Leuca.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Santa Maria di Leuca — 2 nights

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 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Sidereus, discover the deep blue sea with Diving Service, then don't miss a visit to Frantoi Ipogei, then make a trip to Antichi Frantoi Ipogei, and finally relax in the rural setting at Agricole Negro Valiani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta Tre Porte, then admire the majestic nature at Parco Naturale Regionale Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca e Bosco di Tricase, then Head underground at Grotta del Lago, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Soffio.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Maria di Leuca road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Otranto to Santa Maria di Leuca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Otranto in August, plan for little chillier days in Santa Maria di Leuca, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taranto.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Taranto — 1 night

Taranto is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Jonian Dolphin Conservation, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese, and then stop by Local Handicraft.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Taranto tour planner.

Drive from Santa Maria di Leuca to Taranto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Maria di Leuca in August, you will find days in Taranto are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Matera.
Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Matera — 2 nights

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, head outdoors with Riserva Naturale Statale Stornara, then see majestic marine mammals with Master Wave, and finally look for gifts at Prisma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Materasum Ipogeo, examine the collection at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa grotta del Casalnuovo.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Matera travel planner.

Traveling by car from Taranto to Matera takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Matera when traveling from Taranto in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Maratea.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Maratea — 2 nights

Maratea is a town and comune of Basilicata, in the province of Potenza. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia D'i Vranne, and then kick back and relax at Il Mirto Solarium Bar. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then head outdoors with Bosco Difesa, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Sirino.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Maratea tour itinerary site.

Drive from Matera to Maratea in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips

Rome — 5 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana, Villa d'Este, &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rome vacation planning app.

You can fly from Maratea to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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.

Basilicata travel guide

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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.