We had previously planned a trip to Puglia, but, like so many others, were unable to go.
We're two fully-vaccinated adults from the US, and I'm putting together a two week trip for early September.
The itinerary is currently: Fly into Bari (arrive at 10:30 am) and on to Monopoli for 4 nights, Lecce for 4 nights, Matera for 3 nights, Martina Franca for 4 nights, train to and fly out of Brindisi to Rome for one night and fly back out.
Or would it make more sense to go from Bari to Matera first and work our way down? Is Matera worth the time/effort? I ask this because the time and hassle and expense that it took us to get to and stay in Positano was not worth it. We really dislike "touristy" spots, which is why we are not staying in Alberobello, but just planning to arrive early in the morning for a visit.
Does that order seem OK? Do those towns and the nights in each seem like good choices? I have not yet booked, so changes can easily be made. I don't normally like stays of less than 3 nights anywhere, but if the amount of time staying in each town is too much (or too little), please let me know.
We plan to see the surrounding towns from each of those bases.
We're wanting a combination of town, beach and countryside. We are HUGE beach fans and would probably be happy as can be if we just spent the entire two weeks in a beautiful beach locale, but we want to get a taste of Puglia that includes as much as possible!
We'll be traveling by public transport (or driver if public transport not doable). We don't want the hassle of a rental car, and we love our Italian wine, so we definitely don't want to worry about enjoying wine and then driving.
Thanks so much - I really appreciate any help and suggestions!Edited: July 20, 2021, 7:03 pm