18 days in Puglia Itinerary

18 days in Puglia Itinerary

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18 days in Puglia Itinerary

Start: Rome
Drive:  4​h
1
San Giovanni Rotondo, Province of Foggia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Vieste, Province of Foggia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Domino
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  5​h
4
Lecce
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Santa Maria di Leuca
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23​h 30​min
End: Hartford

3
nights
San Giovanni Rotondo, Province of Foggia

San Giovanni Rotondo ©
San Giovanni Rotondo is the name of a city and comune in the province of Foggia and region of Apulia, in southern Italy.San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina from 28 July 1916 until his death on 23 September 1968. Discover out-of-the-way places like Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie and Confetti Andria. Cella di Padre Pio and Duomo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Giovanni Rotondo: Andria (Andria Cathedral & Basilica Santa Maria dei Miracoli), Barletta (Cathedral Saint Maria Maggiore & Sant'Andrea) and Parco Archeologico di Siponto (in Siponto). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo delle cere di Padre PIo, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Padre Pio, don't miss a visit to Basilica Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo, and pause for some photo ops at Via Crucis Monumentale.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Giovanni Rotondo day trip planning app .

Rome to San Giovanni Rotondo is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In October in San Giovanni Rotondo, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vieste.

Things to do in San Giovanni Rotondo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lucera, Andria, Barletta, Foggia, Parco Archeologico di Siponto
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Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie ©
Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie
Cella di Padre Pio ©
Cella di Padre Pio
Cathedral Saint Maria Maggiore ©
Cathedral Saint Maria Maggiore

3
nights
Vieste, Province of Foggia

Vieste ©
Vieste is a town, comune and former Catholic bishopric in the province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. Step off the beaten path and head to Baia di Vignanotica and Borgo Antico di Vieste. Escape the urban bustle at Spiaggia di Portonuovo and Foresta Umbra. Change things up with a short trip to Cala Turchi in Peschici (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia dei Colombi, kick back and relax at Spiaggia del Pizzomunno, look for gifts at La Bottega Dei Formaggi, and don't miss a visit to Arco di San Felice.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vieste trip planning site .

Getting from San Giovanni Rotondo to Vieste by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Vieste, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to San Domino.

Things to do in Vieste

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cala Turchi, Baia di Vignanotica, Foresta Umbra
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Baia di Vignanotica ©
Baia di Vignanotica
Spiaggia di Portonuovo ©
Spiaggia di Portonuovo
Spiaggia dei Colombi ©
Spiaggia dei Colombi

1
night
San Domino

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Arcipelago Tremiti, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Matana.

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

Traveling by car from Vieste to San Domino takes 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lecce.

Things to do in San Domino

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cala Matana ©
Cala Matana
Arcipelago Tremiti ©
Arcipelago Tremiti

4
nights
Lecce

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Masseria Brancati and Frantoio Ipogeo di Palazzo Granafei. Relax by the water at Spiaggia di San Pietro in Bevagna and Lido Il Molo. Explore Lecce's surroundings by going to Valle d’itria e Dintorni (in Cisternino), Basilica di San Martino (in Martina Franca) and L'Ulivo che Canta (in Ostuni). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Spiaggia Salina dei Monaci, appreciate the extensive heritage of Castello di Ugento, don't miss a visit to Castello di Corigliano d'Otranto, and take advantage of the amenities at Zona Franca Lounge Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lecce trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from San Domino to Lecce in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Maria di Leuca.

Things to do in Lecce

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gallipoli, Ugento, Manduria, Ostuni, Valle d’itria e Dintorni
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Masseria Brancati ©
Masseria Brancati
Spiaggia di San Pietro in Bevagna ©
Spiaggia di San Pietro in Bevagna

5
nights
Santa Maria di Leuca

Popular historic sites such as Basilica Santuario di Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae and Centro Storico Medievale di Specchia are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sidereus and Faro di Leuca. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Maria di Leuca: Spiaggia Porto Miggiano (in Santa Cesarea Terme), Castro (Castello Aragonese e Museo Archeologico Castro, Piazza Vittoria, &more) and La Grotta Verde (in Andrano).

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Maria di Leuca online tour planner .

Getting from Lecce to Santa Maria di Leuca by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Lecce in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 61°F in Santa Maria di Leuca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Maria di Leuca

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Castro, Specchia, Salve, Spiaggia Porto Miggiano, Ponte Ciolo
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Centro Storico Medievale  di Specchia ©
Grotta del Soffio ©
Grotta del Soffio

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