12 days in Puglia Itinerary

12 days in Puglia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puglia attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Lecce
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Porto Cesareo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Alberobello
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Monopoli
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Bari
— 2 nights
Fly

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Lecce

— 3 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Punta Palascia Lighthouse and Torre del Parco. Explore hidden gems such as Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate and Frantoio Ipogeo Mulino a Vento. Change things up with these side-trips from Lecce: Lido Acqua Chiara (in Otranto), Grotta del Lago (in Santa Maria di Leuca) and Chiesa Madre dei Santi Pietro e Paolo (in Galatina). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Chiara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Nicolo and Cataldo Church, don't miss a visit to Fontana dell’Armonia, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Popolo di Muro Leccese.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Lecce journey planning site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Lecce is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Lecce due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Lecce can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Porto Cesareo.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

Porto Cesareo

— 2 nights
Porto Cesareo is a town and comune in the Italian province of Lecce in the Apulia region of south-east Italy.The area around the sea of Porto Cesareo is a beautiful example of "Maquis Shrubland". On the 9th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Castello Normanno Svevo, then appreciate the history behind Guglia dell'Immacolata, then steep yourself in history at Antica Farmacia Provenzano, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale, then examine the collection at Cripta Delle Mummie, and then get outside with Goa Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto Cesareo tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Lecce to Porto Cesareo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Porto Cesareo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Alberobello.

Things to do in Porto Cesareo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Alberobello

— 2 nights
Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Cantina Albea winery and museum, contemplate the long history of Piazza Roma, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of our Lady of Grace, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Moro, and finally wander the streets of Rione Aia Piccola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at Lido Rilcado Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Pietro Apostolo, admire the striking features of Trullo Siamese, then stop by Gift Idea, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Lucia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Belvedere Santa Lucia.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Alberobello tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Porto Cesareo to Alberobello takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Alberobello are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monopoli.

Things to do in Alberobello

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Monopoli

— 2 nights
Monopoli is a town and municipality in Italy, in the province of Bari and region of Apulia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte Borbonico di Lama Monachile, kick back and relax at Lama Monachile, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Conversano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio detta del Purgatorio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Scavi D'Egnazia, get outside with Indiana Park, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese, and finally kick back and relax at Purple Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monopoli trip itinerary planning site.

Monopoli is very close to Alberobello. In September, daytime highs in Monopoli are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bari.

Things to do in Monopoli

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Bari

— 2 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at S. Maria di Barsento, steep yourself in history at Muraglia di Bari Vecchia, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Di Giovinazzo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Giuseppe. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Mincuzzi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Teresa dei Maschi, enjoy the sand and surf at Lungomare Imperatore Augusto, then contemplate the long history of Piazza dell'Odegitria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Giacomo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Gregorio.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bari online trip planner.

Drive from Monopoli to Bari in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bari are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

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.