19 days in Matera & Puglia Itinerary

19 days in Matera & Puglia Itinerary

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19 days in Matera & Puglia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  29​h
1
Matera
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Gallipoli
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Otranto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Polignano a Mare
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Bari
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Trani
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mattinata
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Bari
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Matera

Matera ©
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 1st (Thu): walk around Parco della Murgia Materana.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Matera trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Matera is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Matera is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Matera, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cattedrale
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Casa Noha ©
Casa Noha
Palombaro Lungo ©
Palombaro Lungo

3
nights
Gallipoli

Gallipoli ©
Deriving its name from the Greek for "beautiful city," Gallipoli retains the charm of an old fishing port.
Get out of town with these interesting Gallipoli side-trips: Torre di San Tommaso (Torre Lapillo) (in Torre Lapillo), Maldive del Salento Pescoluse (in Pescoluse) and Togo Bay Beach (in Porto Cesareo). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Lido Punta della Suina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Baia Verde di Gallipoli, see the interesting displays at Frantoio Ipogeo di Palazzo Granafei, and contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Gallipoli.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gallipoli holiday planner .

You can drive from Matera to Gallipoli in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Otranto.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Porto Cesareo, Salve
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Spiaggia Baia Verde di Gallipoli ©
Spiaggia Baia Verde di Gallipoli
Maldive del Salento Pescoluse ©
Maldive del Salento Pescoluse
Torre di San Tommaso (Torre Lapillo) ©

1
night
Otranto

Otranto
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. For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Otranto online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Otranto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Polignano a Mare.

Things to do in Otranto

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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2
nights
Polignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare ©
Polignano a Mare is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, located on the Adriatic Sea. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Statua di Domenico Modugno, admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, and then Head underground at Grotte di Castellana. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Masseria Brancati, get to know the resident critters at Zoosafari, then kick back and relax at Lama Monachile, and finally don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Polignano a Mare trip maker website .

Drive from Otranto to Polignano a Mare in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Otranto in October: highs in Polignano a Mare hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bari.

Things to do in Polignano a Mare

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, Chiesa San Michele in Frangesto, Grotte di Castellana, Zoosafari, Masseria Brancati
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Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare ©
Grotte di Castellana ©
Grotte di Castellana

1
night
Bari

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): make a trip to Citta Vecchia - Bari, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Normanno Svevo, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bari itinerary planner .

Bari is just a stone's throw from Polignano a Mare. In October, daily temperatures in Bari can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a train to Trani.

Things to do in Bari

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
Citta Vecchia - Bari ©
Citta Vecchia - Bari
Castello Normanno Svevo ©
Castello Normanno Svevo

few
hours
Trani

Trani ©
Trani is a seaport of Apulia, in southern Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, 40km by railway West-Northwest of Bari. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni, then make a trip to Villa Comunale, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Trani.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Trani online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Bari to Trani takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Trani sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mattinata.

Things to do in Trani

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni
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Cattedrale di Trani ©
Cattedrale di Trani
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale
Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni ©
Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni

6
nights
Mattinata

Mattinata ©
Mattinata is a famous seaside resort town and comune (municipality) in the province of Foggia, Apulia, southern Italy.GeographyThe only town in Apulia facing south the Adriatic sea, Mattinata is part of the Gargano National Park (Parco Nazionale del Gargano). Get out of town with these interesting Mattinata side-trips: Vico del Gargano (Vico del Gargano & Museo Trappeto Maratea), Parco Archeologico di Siponto (in Siponto) and Monte Sant'Angelo (Castello Normanno Svevo Aragonese, Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Abbazia ed eremi di Pulsano, see the interesting displays at Il Sentiero dell'Angelo, look for gifts at Odori & Sapori, and enjoy the sand and surf at Baia di Mattinatella.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mattinata trip itinerary website .

Getting from Trani to Mattinata by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Mattinata, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bari.

Things to do in Mattinata

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Monte Sant'Angelo, Manfredonia, Vico del Gargano
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Baia di Vignanotica ©
Baia di Vignanotica
Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo ©
Foresta Umbra ©
Foresta Umbra

1
night
Bari

Bari ©
On the 16th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Giacomo and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Bari.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bari trip builder app .

Drive from Mattinata to Bari in 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites
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Bari War Cemetery ©
Bari War Cemetery

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