31 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

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Bari
— 3 nights
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Vieste
— 3 nights
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San Domino
— 2 nights
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Trani
— 2 nights
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Matera
— 2 nights
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Alberobello
— 2 nights
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Martina Franca
— 2 nights
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Taranto
— 2 nights
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Lecce
— 4 nights
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
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Santa Maria di Leuca
— 3 nights
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Otranto
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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.
Bari is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Bari, don't miss a visit to Citta Vecchia - Bari, and get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare e Murat.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bari holiday planning site.

Dublin, Ireland to Bari is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Bari due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in September; daily highs in Bari reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vieste.
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Vieste — 3 nights

Vieste is a town, comune and former Catholic bishopric in the province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. Get out of town with these interesting Vieste side-trips: Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo (in Monte Sant'Angelo) and Peschici (Peschici centro storico & Castello di Peschici). On the 10th (Sun), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Spiaggia di Vignanotica. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Vieste Promenade, look for gifts at la bottega dei formaggi di Laprocina Costanzo, make a trip to Arco di San Felice, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Vieste trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Bari to Vieste in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Vieste sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to San Domino.
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San Domino — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Cala delle Arene, head off the coast to Arcipelago Tremiti, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Matana. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Domino, don't miss a visit to Santuario Di Santa Maria A Mare, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally stop by Lo Scrigno.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Domino trip planner.

You can fly from Vieste to San Domino in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Trani.
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Trani — 2 nights

Trani is a seaport of Apulia, in southern Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, 40km by railway West-Northwest of Bari. On the 13th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santo Sepolcro, then make a trip to Colosso di Barletta, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Svevo di Barletta, and finally make a trip to Villa Comunale. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Confetti Andria, see the interesting displays at Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni, then steep yourself in history at Castel del Monte, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Trani, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Trani.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Trani trip planner.

You can fly from San Domino to Trani in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Trani can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Matera.
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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 15th (Fri), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, then make a trip to Sassi di Matera, and finally make a trip to Chiese rupestri Madonna delle Virtu e San Nicola dei Greci. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Cattedrale di Matera, examine the collection at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, delve into the distant past at Cripta del Peccato Originale, then look for gifts at Arterego di Margherita Albanese, then don't miss a visit to Palombaro Lungo, and finally explore the ancient world of Materasum Ipogeo.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Matera trip planner.

Getting from Trani to Matera by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Matera, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Alberobello.
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Alberobello — 2 nights

Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Trullo Sovrano, do a tasting at Damati, admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, then don't miss a visit to Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova, and finally look for gifts at Oleificio Salamida. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoosafari, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Castellana, then make a trip to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Borbonico di Lama Monachile.

Before you visit Alberobello, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Matera to Alberobello in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Alberobello are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Martina Franca.
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Martina Franca — 2 nights

Martina Franca, or only Martina, is a town and municipality in the province of Taranto, Apulia (Puglia), southern Italy. On the 19th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Ostuni, admire the verdant scenery at Valle d'Itria, then indulge your senses at I Pastini, and finally take a stroll through Centro Storico Locorotondo. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at L'Acropoli di Puglia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Martino, then enjoy breathtaking views from Palazzo dell'Universita e Torre dell'orologio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and finally get engrossed in the history at Masseria Brancati.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Martina Franca journey planner.

Martina Franca is very close to Alberobello. Traveling from Alberobello in September, Martina Franca is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taranto.
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Taranto — 2 nights

Città dai due mari (City with Two Seas)

Taranto is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. On the 21st (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Jonian Dolphin Conservation, explore the historical opulence of Castello Aragonese, and then snap pictures at Ponte Girevole. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nazionale Archeologico, then see majestic marine mammals with Master Wave, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Taranto road trip planning website.

Drive from Martina Franca to Taranto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Taranto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lecce.
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Lecce — 4 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Change things up with a short trip to Libreria La Musa in Galatina (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Centro Storico, Lecce, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Faggiano, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lecce attractions planning website.

Drive from Taranto to Lecce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Taranto in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Lecce. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gallipoli.
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Gallipoli — 2 nights

Ionian Pearl

Deriving its name from the Greek for "beautiful city," Gallipoli retains the charm of an old fishing port.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Togo Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Punta Prosciuto, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre di San Tommaso (Torre Lapillo). On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Spiaggia Baia Verde di Gallipoli, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Punta della Suina, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cattedrale di Sant'Agata, then steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Gallipoli, then examine the collection at Frantoio Ipogeo di Palazzo Granafei, and finally make a trip to Il Frantoio del Vicere.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gallipoli trip builder.

Getting from Lecce to Gallipoli by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Maria di Leuca.
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Santa Maria di Leuca — 3 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. Santa Maria di Leuca is known for wildlife, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Channel Ciolo, take advantage of the amenities at Le Cinque Vele Beach Club, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Santuario di Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Maria di Leuca online trip builder.

You can drive from Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Otranto.
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Otranto — 2 nights

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Otranto: Grotta della Poesia (in Roca Vecchia) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Castro). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Otranto, kick back and relax at Torre dell'Orso Beach, explore the ancient world of Frantoio Ipogeo Mulino a Vento, and look for gifts at Roberta Risolo Art Jewels.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Otranto trip planning app.

You can drive from Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Maria di Leuca in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Otranto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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Tremiti Islands travel guide

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The Isole Tremiti are an archipelago in the Adriatic Sea, north of the Gargano Peninsula. They constitute a comune of Italy's Province of Foggia and form part of the Gargano national park. The name of the islands relates to their seismic hazard, with a history of earthquakes in the area: tremiti means "tremors".The islands were used for the internment of political prisoners during Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime. This was nothing new: two millennia earlier Augustus had exiled his granddaughter Julia the Younger to one of these islands (then named Trimerus in Latin, maybe from Greek Trimeros, Τρίμερος, meaning "tree places" or "tree islands").The islands are now an important tourist attraction because of the clear waters surrounding them. Up to 100,000 visitors come to the islands in the summer season. Ferry services from the mainland operate from Termoli, Vieste, Rodi Garganico and Capoiale, while Alidaunia offers flights from San Domino Heliport to Foggia and Vieste.

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