17 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

17 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy Trip Planner

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Fly
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Bari
— 1 night
Drive
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Lecce
— 3 nights
Drive
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Otranto
— 1 night
Drive
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Ostuni
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Alberobello
— 1 night
Drive
6
Matera
— 1 night
Drive
7
Vico del Gargano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vieste
— 2 nights
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Bari

— 1 night

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 19th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare e Murat, then look for gifts at Pizzicheria Del Fondicello, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Trani. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta and then don't miss a visit to Villa Comunale.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bari tour itinerary maker site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Bari is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in November since evenings lows in Bari dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lecce.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:

Lecce

— 3 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Venture out of the city with trips to Enoteca Salentusole (in Parabita) and Porto Selvaggio (in Nardo). The adventure continues: make a trip to Centro Storico, Lecce, stop by Nardo' garden, delve into the distant past at Anfiteatro Romano, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Lecce.

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Traveling by car from Bari to Lecce takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Lecce are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Otranto.

Things to do in Lecce

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

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. On the 24th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Castello Aragonese Otranto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale Di Otranto, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta della Poesia.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Otranto online visit planner.

Drive from Lecce to Otranto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ostuni.

Things to do in Otranto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:

Ostuni

— 3 nights
Ostuni is a city and comune, located about 8 km from the coast, in the province of Brindisi, region of Apulia, Italy). Change things up with these side-trips from Ostuni: Maruggio (Enoteche di Puglia & Chiesa Matrice), Spiaggia di Serrone (in Marina di Pulsano) and Convento di San Francesco (in Sava). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Masseria Brancati, identify plant and animal life at Valle d’itria e Dintorni, get a taste of the local shopping with L'Ulivo che Canta, and learn about winemaking at Enoteca Semeraro.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ostuni road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Otranto to Ostuni takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Ostuni can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Alberobello.

Things to do in Ostuni

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:

Alberobello

— 1 night
Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Trullo Sovrano, then admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, and then Head underground at Grotte di Castellana.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Alberobello trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Ostuni to Alberobello takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, Alberobello is a bit cooler than Ostuni - with highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Alberobello

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:

Matera

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Palombaro Lungo, Head underground at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, and then don't miss a visit to Sassi di Matera.

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

You can drive from Alberobello to Matera in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vico del Gargano.

Things to do in Matera

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:

Vico del Gargano

— 2 nights
Vico del Gargano is a village and comune in the province of Foggia in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Foresta Umbra, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Normanno Svevo Aragonese, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Abbazia ed eremi di Pulsano, then make a trip to Rione Junno, then stop by Maria Voto la Tela, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Trappeto Maratea.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vico del Gargano sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Matera to Vico del Gargano takes 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Vico del Gargano are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Vieste.

Things to do in Vico del Gargano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Vieste

— 2 nights
Vieste is a town, comune and former Catholic bishopric in the province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Trabucco San Lorenzo, take a memorable tour with Motobarca Desiree, stop by Piccolo Souvenir, then take in the pleasant sights at Vieste Promenade, and finally look for gifts at Museo Malacologico di Anna Ragno C. S. A. S.. On your second day here, make a trip to Arco di San Felice, then enjoy the sand and surf at Vignanotica Beach, then make a trip to Torre di Porticello, and finally look for gifts at Le Mani e L'Arte.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vieste trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Vico del Gargano to Vieste in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vieste

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

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.

Province of Lecce travel guide

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Beaches · Outdoor Activities · Landmarks
Lecce is a historic city of 94,766 inhabitants (2015) in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce, the second province in the region by population, as well as one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is over 2,000 years old.Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South". The city also has a long traditional affinity with Greek culture going back to its foundation; the Messapii who founded the city are said to have been Cretans in Greek records. To this day, in the Grecìa Salentina, a group of towns not far from Lecce, the griko language is still spoken.In terms of industry, the "Lecce stone"—a particular kind of limestone—is one of the city's main exports, because it is very soft and workable, thus suitable for sculptures. Lecce is also an important agricultural centre, chiefly for its olive oil and wine production, as well as an industrial centre specializing in ceramic production.

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