23 days in Puglia, Matera & Positano Itinerary

23 days in Puglia, Matera & Positano Itinerary

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23 days in Puglia, Matera & Positano Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Bari
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Alberobello
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  1​h
3
Brindisi
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Lecce
— 6 nights
5
Matera
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Positano
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Rome

3
nights
Bari

Bari ©
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Get a sense of the local culture at Polo Museale Civico Archeologico - Diocesano and Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis. Step off the beaten path and head to Il Succorpo della Cattedrale di Bari and Cattedrale di Ruvo di Puglia. Change things up with a short trip to Museo Archeologico Nazionale Canosa di Puglia in Canosa di Puglia (about 56 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola, don't miss a visit to Piazza Mercantile, and contemplate the long history of S. Maria di Barsento.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bari road trip app .

Rome to Bari is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bari can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Alberobello.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis, Cattedrale di Ruvo di Puglia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale Canosa di Puglia, Polo Museale Civico Archeologico - Diocesano
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Basilica San Nicola ©
Basilica San Nicola
Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis ©
Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis

2
nights
Alberobello

Alberobello ©
Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): do a tasting at I Pastini, then admire the landmark architecture of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia Santuario Basilica S.S. Cosma E Damiano, and finally wander the streets of Rione Aia Piccola. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza XX Settembre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Medievale di Ceglie Messapica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Martino, do a tasting at L'Acropoli di Puglia, then make a trip to Centro Storico, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Trullo Sovrano.

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You can drive from Bari to Alberobello in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Alberobello, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brindisi.

Things to do in Alberobello

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Martina Franca, Borgo Medievale di Ceglie Messapica
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
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I Pastini ©
I Pastini
Borgo Medievale di Ceglie Messapica ©
Basilica di San Martino ©
Basilica di San Martino

2
nights
Brindisi

Brindisi ©
Brindisi is a city in the region of Apulia in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Brindisi, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. On the 1st (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Provinciale Francesco Ribezzo, step into the grandiose world of Castello Normanno Svevo, do a tasting at Cantine Paololeo, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Civilta del Vino Primitivo, and finally delve into the distant past at Saint Pietro of Schiavoni Archeologica Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Palazzina del Belvedere - Collezione Archeologica Faldetta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pontificia Basilica Cattedrale, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Francesco, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cripta Delle Mummie, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Manduria.

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You can do a combination of taxi and train from Alberobello to Brindisi in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Alberobello in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Brindisi, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Lecce.

Things to do in Brindisi

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Manduria, Cripta Delle Mummie, Castello Normanno Svevo, Chiesa di San Francesco, Cantine Paololeo
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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6
nights
Lecce

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria and Museo Ferroviario della Puglia. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Faggiano and Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate. Change things up with these side-trips from Lecce: Origano Cibo e Vino (in Minervino di Lecce), Chiesa di San Pietro (in Otranto) and Cantina Vecchia Torre (in Leverano). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Matteo, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum Lecce, steep yourself in history at Colonna di Sant'Oronzo, and explore the world behind art at Museo Fantasy.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lecce travel itinerary planner.

Lecce is just a stone's throw from Brindisi. In October in Lecce, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Matera.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Castello di Corigliano d'Otranto, Origano Cibo e Vino, Castello di Acaya, Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Cantina Vecchia Torre
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 8:
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Museo Faggiano ©
Museo Faggiano
Cantina Vecchia Torre ©
Cantina Vecchia Torre
Castello di Corigliano d'Otranto ©

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sassi di Matera and Sassi in Miniatura. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza Vittorio Veneto and Piazza San Pietro Caveoso. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Casa Cisterna Sotterranea, steep yourself in history at Antica Matera Casa Grotta, make a trip to Piazza Duomo, and examine the collection at MOOM Matera Olive Oil Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matera trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lecce to Matera takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lecce in October, expect nights in Matera to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Sassi in Miniatura ©
Sassi in Miniatura

5
nights
Positano

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano and Cloister del Paradiso. Change things up with these side-trips from Positano: Ravello (Duomo di Ravello & Villa Rufolo), Bau Bau Beach Village (in Eboli) and Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi). The adventure continues: take advantage of the amenities at Fornillo, head outdoors with Walk of the Gods, take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Positano trip maker .

Drive from Matera to Positano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and subway. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Matera in October since evenings lows in Positano dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Bau Bau Beach Village, Parco Regionale dei Monti Lattari
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:
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Walk of the Gods ©
Walk of the Gods
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

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