Southern Italy: A Perfect Itinerary

You’ve visited a Rome, Florence and Venice and love Italy. We do too!

Guess what! There’s more to Italy than the big 3: Rome, Florence and Venice.

Italy’s best kept secret and #1 domestic tourist destination is the region of Puglia. It’s less crowded and less expensive than The Big 3 as well.

Puglia is in the boot heel of Italy. You can fly, but we ferried to Bari, Italy and trained to Lecce where we chose to base ourselves.

You’ll love Puglia. There are miles of beautiful coastline and beaches, Baroque palazzi and churches and is known for its legendary peasant food.

We used Lecce as a home base and suggest that after a few days enjoying Lecce you rent a car to explore the region, drive the coast, visit beach towns and old forts.

Purchase an open jaw airline ticket; fly into one city and out of another. Look at a map to decide your road trip and where to return the car and fly out. We returned our car outside of Naples, trained to Naples before continuing to Rome. Who doesn’t need more of Rome?

You won’t want to miss Alberobello known for its unusual conical stone buildings (pictured above) and is a UNESCO site. Alberobello along with Locorotondo and Cisternino are considered to be some of Italy’s most beautiful towns.

To read all about our Italian adventures go the Home page, locate Italy on the list on the left and it will bring up posts about Italy.

Take a road trip to check out the cave homes of Matera in Basilicata.

Matera, Italy is a UNESCO heritage site.


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