21 days in Florence & Puglia Itinerary

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Florence
— 6 nights
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Santa Maria di Leuca
— 4 nights
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Maruggio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marina di Ginosa
— 1 night
Drive
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Otranto
— 5 nights
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Florence — 6 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Bring the kids along to Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, Battistero di San Giovanni, &more), Bagno Maurizio (in Viareggio) and Vineria Dolce Vita I Borghi (in Lucca). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, and pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Florence tour planner.

Bristol, UK to Florence is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Santa Maria di Leuca.
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Santa Maria di Leuca — 4 nights

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. Attractions like Sidereus and Swim Liberi di Nuotare make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Maria di Leuca: Andrano (Spiaggia Botte & Spiaggia della Grotta Verde). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte delle Cipolliane, relax in the rural setting at La Lattoria, Azienda Agricola Melcarne, and don't miss a visit to Antichi Frantoi Ipogei.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Maria di Leuca trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Florence to Santa Maria di Leuca in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Florence in August, Santa Maria di Leuca is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Maruggio.
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Maruggio — 4 nights

Maruggio is a village and comune in the Taranto province in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Spiaggia dell'Acquadolce and Spiaggia di Monaco Mirante. Explore Maruggio's surroundings by going to Marina di Pulsano (Spiaggia di Serrone & Spiaggia di Lido Silvana). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia della Commenda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Salina dei Monaci, don't miss a visit to Convento di San Pasquale Baylon, and explore the fascinating landscape at Dune di Campomarino.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Maruggio itinerary maker.

Drive from Santa Maria di Leuca to Maruggio in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Maria di Leuca in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Maruggio, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marina di Ginosa.
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Marina di Ginosa — 1 night

On the 19th (Fri), look for gifts at Prisma, kick back and relax at Lido Zanzibar, then see majestic marine mammals with Master Wave, and finally explore the activities along Lago Salinella.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marina di Ginosa online trip maker.

You can drive from Maruggio to Marina di Ginosa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Maruggio in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Marina di Ginosa, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Otranto.
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Otranto — 5 nights

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. Kids will enjoy Centro Storico Otranto and Lungomare degli Eroi. Get out of town with these interesting Otranto side-trips: Parco Astronomico San Lorenzo (in Casarano), Torre San Giovanni (Pista Salentina & Lido Il Molo) and Cala dell'Acquaviva (in Marittima). The adventure continues: trot along with Circolo Ippico Malepezza, head outdoors with Cocobay, explore the activities along Cava di Bauxite, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Roca Nuova.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Otranto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marina di Ginosa to Otranto takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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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.
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