8 days in Puglia Itinerary

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Martina Franca
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Lecce — 2 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lecce: Otranto (Cattedrale Di Otranto, Centro Storico Otranto, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Centro Storico, Lecce, steep yourself in history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Chiara, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lecce trip itinerary planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Lecce is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vilnius in May; daily highs in Lecce reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Martina Franca.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Martina Franca — 3 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 (Museo Nazionale Archeologico & Castello Aragonese), Ostuni (Masseria Brancati & Duomo di Ostuni) and Castellana Grotte (Santuario Madonna della Vetrana & Grotte di Castellana). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, take a stroll through Centro Storico Locorotondo, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoosafari, and learn about winemaking at L'Acropoli di Puglia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Martina Franca day trip planner.

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, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Martina Franca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bari.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Bari — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by Panetteria Pan per Focaccia, make a trip to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, then don't miss a visit to Statua di Domenico Modugno, and finally don't miss a visit to Citta Vecchia - Bari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bari vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Martina Franca to Bari takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.