Experience Italy's Apulia Region on this 7 Day Roadtrip Itinerary

Italy's Apulia region, commonly known as Puglia, is a traveller’s treasure trove of stunning landscapes, rich history, and mouthwatering cuisine. From charming coastal towns to ancient olive groves and sun-drenched vineyards, there's something magical waiting to be discovered around every corner in this region. Take a trip through Apulia with this 7-day road trip itinerary and immerse yourself in the Italian beauty and culture.

Day 1: Bari - Gateway to Apulia

Start your adventure in Bari, the capital city of Apulia. This first spot is a gorgeous headland between 2 harbors  Wander through the winding streets of the historic Old Town, known as Bari Vecchia, and marvel at the intricate architecture of the Basilica di San Nicola and the imposing Castello Svevo. Whilst here, make the most of the tradition and culture by sampling some local specialties, such as orecchiette pasta and freshly caught seafood, at one of the city's many trattorias.

Day 2: Alberobello - Trulli Magic

Drive south to Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its unique trulli houses. Explore the enchanting streets lined with these iconic whitewashed dwellings, each topped with a conical roof. Visit the Trullo Sovrano, the only two-story trullo open to the public, and gain insight into the history and craftsmanship behind these traditional structures.

Day 3: Ostuni - The White City

Continue your journey to Ostuni, aptly nicknamed the White City for its dazzling whitewashed buildings perched atop a hill. Stroll through the picturesque streets adorned with vibrant flowers and soak in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from the city's medieval walls. The Old Town is an Ostuni must see and is where you’ll spend most of your time and, don't forget to visit the stunning Ostuni Cathedral and indulge in a leisurely lunch at one of the local trattorias.

Day 4: Lecce - Baroque Beauty

Head south to Lecce, the "Florence of the South," renowned for its breathtaking Baroque architecture. Explore the city's historic center, admiring ornate churches, elegant palaces, and intricately carved facades adorned with cherubs and mythical creatures. Be sure to visit the iconic Basilica di Santa Croce and savor a traditional pasticciotto pastry at one of Lecce's charming cafes.

Day 5: Matera - Timeless Beauty

Venture west to Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Prepare to be spoilt by historical choice here! From exploring the ancient Sassi di Matera, cave dwellings carved into the limestone cliffs, and marvel at the haunting beauty of this unique landscape. Discover the rich history and cultural heritage of Matera at the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and enjoy panoramic views from the Belvedere di Murgia Timone.

Day 6: Gallipoli - Coastal Charm

Once soaking in the hsitoricla masterpieces in Matera, make your way to the coastal town of Gallipoli, nestled on the shores of the Ionian Sea. Explore the picturesque historic center, surrounded by ancient walls and overlooking a turquoise sea dotted with fishing boats. Stroll along the scenic promenade, visit the imposing Castello di Gallipoli, and unwind under the Italian sun on the pristine beaches of Baia Verde.

Day 7: Polignano a Mare - Farewell to Apulia

Wrap up your road trip in Polignano a Mare, a breathtaking coastal town perched on limestone cliffs overlooking the Adriatic Sea. To finish the trip in style, wander through the labyrinthine streets of the historic center, marvel at the stunning views from the dramatic Terrazza dell'Infinito, and savour a final taste of Apulian cuisine at a seaside trattoria. Bid farewell to this enchanting region, taking with you memories of sun-drenched landscapes, ancient wonders, and warm Italian hospitality.

Starting from Skratch? Here are some links to help you get started:

https://internationalliving.com/countries/italy/bari-italy/

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/787/

https://www.thethinkingtraveller.com/italy/puglia/towns-and-cities-in-puglia/lecce

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Puglia - Facts before you go

Language

🇮🇹 The Northern Apulian dialects, including Barese, Foggiano, and Dauno

Currency

💶 The Euro (€)

Time Zone

Central European Summer Time

Tipping

Not necessary

Known for

🫒 Olive Oil Production

🍝 Authentic Cuisine

✨ Warm Italian Hospitality

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Imogen Kemp
May 13, 2024
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