17 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

17 days in Puglia & Matera Itinerary

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Fly to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, Drive to Polignano a Mare
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Polignano a Mare
— 1 night
Drive
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Monopoli
— 1 night
Drive
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Gallipoli
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Maria di Leuca
— 1 night
Drive
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Castro
— 1 night
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Santa Cesarea Terme
— 1 night
Drive
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Otranto
— 1 night
Drive
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Galatina
— 1 night
Drive
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Lecce
— 1 night
Drive
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Ostuni
— 1 night
Drive
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Cisternino
— 1 night
Drive
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Locorotondo
— 1 night
Drive
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Alberobello
— 1 day
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Castellana Grotte
— 1 night
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Matera
— 1 night
Drive to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, Fly to Londrina

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Polignano a Mare — 1 night

Polignano a Mare is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, located on the Adriatic Sea. To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Polignano a Mare itinerary app.

Londrina, Brazil to Polignano a Mare is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Londrina in September, plan for slightly colder days in Polignano a Mare, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Monopoli.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Monopoli — 1 night

Monopoli is a town and municipality in Italy, in the province of Bari and region of Apulia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Lido Ottagono, then contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Monopoli, then take in the exciting artwork at GiuInLab, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monopoli trip planner.

Monopoli is just a stone's throw from Polignano a Mare. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gallipoli.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Gallipoli — 1 night

Ionian Pearl

Deriving its name from the Greek for "beautiful city," Gallipoli retains the charm of an old fishing port.
On the 17th (Sat), kick back and relax at Zeus Beach, stroll through Lido Punta della Suina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cattedrale di Sant'Agata, make a trip to Centro Storico di Gallipoli, then examine the collection at Frantoio Ipogeo di Palazzo Granafei, and finally don't miss a visit to Il Frantoio del Vicere.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gallipoli trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monopoli to Gallipoli by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Gallipoli are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Maria di Leuca.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Santa Maria di Leuca — 1 night

Santa Maria di Leuca, often spelled simply Leuca, is a frazione of the comune of Castrignano del Capo, in the province of Lecce (Apulia), southern Italy. On the 18th (Sun), look for gifts at Azienda Agricola Boccarello - Olio del Salento, then enjoy the sand and surf at Le Cinque Vele Beach Club, then see the sky in a new way at Sidereus, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria di Leuca road trip planner.

Drive from Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Castro.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

Castro — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia della Grotta Verde, go for a stroll along the water at Piscina Naturale di Marina Serra, steep yourself in history at Piazza Perotti, then explore the galleries of Castello Aragonese e Museo Archeologico Castro, and finally look for gifts at Artefatto - l'idea in terracotta.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Castro trip maker tool.

Getting from Santa Maria di Leuca to Castro by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September in Castro, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cesarea Terme.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

Santa Cesarea Terme — 1 night

Santa Cesarea Terme is a town and comune of 3,100 inhabitants in province of Lecce, in Apulia, southern Italy.Situated on the coast at the entrance of the Strait of Otranto, on a part of the coast which comes down to the sea, the town of Santa Cesarea is one of the largest centers for thermal baths in the Salento. On the 20th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Azienda Agricola - Caseificio Puzze Matine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Madonna delle Grazie, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Miggiano, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Porto Miggiano, then get to know the fascinating history of Villa Sticchi, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Villa Raffaella.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cesarea Terme itinerary planning app.

Santa Cesarea Terme is just a stone's throw from Castro. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Otranto.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:

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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see Circolo Ippico Malepezza, kick back and relax at Baia dei Turchi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Otranto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale Di Otranto, and finally explore the world behind art at Castello Aragonese.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Otranto online trip itinerary builder.

Otranto is very close to Santa Cesarea Terme. Traveling from Santa Cesarea Terme in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Otranto, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Galatina.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Galatina — 1 night

Galatina, known before the unification of Italy as San Pietro in Galatina, is a town and comune in the Province of Lecce in Apulia, southern Italy.Among the most important cities in Salento, it is situated some 21km south of the city of Lecce.Main sightsThe late Romanesque church of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, built in 1390 by Raimondello del Balzo Orsini, count of Soleto, with a fine portal and rose window. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): learn about winemaking at L'Astore Masseria, don't miss a visit to Castello di Corigliano d'Otranto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Madre dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Galatina travel route planner.

Galatina is just a stone's throw from Otranto. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lecce.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

Lecce — 1 night

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Lecce, stop by il Mercante d'Arte, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally delve into the distant past at Anfiteatro Romano.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lecce tour itinerary planner.

Lecce is very close to Galatina. September in Lecce sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ostuni.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

Ostuni — 1 night

Ostuni is a city and comune, located about 8 km from the coast, in the province of Brindisi, region of Apulia, Italy). Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Liberta, explore the galleries of Masseria Brancati, then look for gifts at Il Botteghino, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Ostuni.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ostuni trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Lecce to Ostuni by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cisternino.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

Cisternino — 1 night

Cisternino is a comune in the province of Brindisi in Apulia, on the coast of south-eastern Italy, approximately 50km north-west of the city of Brindisi. On the 25th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Enoteca Semeraro, view the masterpieces at Baol Atelier Creativo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and finally get into the urban bustle at La Casbah della Valle d'Itria.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cisternino road trip planning site.

Cisternino is just a stone's throw from Ostuni. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Locorotondo.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Locorotondo — 1 night

Locorotondo is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, with a population of about 14,000. For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Locorotondo trip maker.

Locorotondo is very close to Cisternino. In September, daily temperatures in Locorotondo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 26th (Mon), you're off to Alberobello.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Alberobello — 1 day

Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stop by Oleificio Salamida, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Monsignor Domenico Morea, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Santuario Basilica S.S. Cosma E Damiano, then get to know the fascinating history of Rione Aia Piccola, and finally contemplate the long history of Trullo Sovrano.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Alberobello sightseeing website.

Alberobello is just a stone's throw from Locorotondo. Traveling from Locorotondo in September, Alberobello is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Castellana Grotte.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Castellana Grotte — 1 night

Castellana Grotte is a town and comune in the province of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. On the 27th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Parco dei Dinosauri, Head underground at Grotte di Castellana, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then explore the world behind art at Museo Civico "Guglielmo Romanazzi Carducci - Principe di Santo Mauro", and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Grotta del Trullo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Castellana Grotte attractions planning website.

Castellana Grotte is very close to Alberobello. In September, daily temperatures in Castellana Grotte can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Matera.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

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 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Palombaro Lungo, explore the ancient world of Materasum Ipogeo, then awaken your taste buds at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, then get to know the fascinating history of Sassi di Matera, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Matera travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Castellana Grotte to Matera in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Puglia travel guide

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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.
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