17 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

17 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

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17 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  32​h 30​min
1
Bari
— Few hours
train:  30​min
2
Polignano a Mare
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Mattinata
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Matera
— 2 nights
5
Gallipoli
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
6
Lecce
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Bari
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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Bari

Bari
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
On the 12th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giacomo.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bari trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Bari is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne to Bari, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Bari hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Polignano a Mare.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites
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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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Polignano a Mare: Masseria Brancati (in Ostuni), I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site (in Alberobello) and Taranto (Castello Aragonese & Jonian Dolphin Conservation). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoosafari, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Castellana, and stop by Pescheria Da Pasqualino.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Polignano a Mare sightseeing planning tool .

Polignano a Mare is just a short distance from Bari. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mattinata.

Things to do in Polignano a Mare

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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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: Monte Sant'Angelo (Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo & Foresta Umbra). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Baia di Vignanotica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia dei Mergoli, and don't miss a visit to Baia delle Zagare.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mattinata road trip planner.

You can drive from Polignano a Mare to Mattinata in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Polignano a Mare in June: highs in Mattinata hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Matera.

Things to do in Mattinata

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Monte Sant'Angelo
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Baia di Mattinatella ©
Baia di Mattinatella
Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo ©
Foresta Umbra ©
Foresta Umbra

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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.
For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matera itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Mattinata to Matera in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Mattinata, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Matera, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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Gallipoli

Gallipoli ©
Deriving its name from the Greek for "beautiful city," Gallipoli retains the charm of an old fishing port.
Explore Gallipoli's surroundings by going to Sidereus (in Salve), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Santa Maria di Leuca) and Porto Cesareo (in Porto Cesareo). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Punta della Suina, head outdoors with Maldive del Salento Pescoluse, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre di San Tommaso (Torre Lapillo), and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Gallipoli.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gallipoli, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Matera to Gallipoli by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In June in Gallipoli, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Lecce.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Salve, Porto Cesareo, Porto Selvaggio, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Maldive del Salento Pescoluse ©
Maldive del Salento Pescoluse
Porto Selvaggio ©
Porto Selvaggio
Torre di San Tommaso (Torre Lapillo) ©

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Lecce

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum Lecce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Croce, make a trip to Centro Storico, Lecce, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Lecce, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lecce trip planner .

Lecce is just a short distance from Gallipoli. In June in Lecce, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bari.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria
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Centro Storico, Lecce ©
Centro Storico, Lecce
Duomo di Lecce ©
Duomo di Lecce
Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce

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Bari

Bari ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Citta Vecchia - Bari, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Bari, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare e Murat.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Bari route tool .

You can drive from Lecce to Bari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Bari War Cemetery ©
Bari War Cemetery
Citta Vecchia - Bari ©
Citta Vecchia - Bari
Room Escape Games

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