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A woman exploring Matera, Italy during her Puglia itinerary

Apulia, or Puglia, is a special and unique region in Italy that should not be overlooked when you visit the southern part of the country. It is located at the heel of the boot, along the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas and is known for its whitewashed hill towns, stunning beaches, beautiful masserias (which are farmhouses) and Baroque cities. By following this Puglia itinerary, you will connect to a whole new part of Italy.

In September 2021, I did an unforgettable Southern Italy trip. I started my Italy travels in Rome with my family where we spent 2 nights in the capital city. From there, we made our way to Naples before spending 5 nights in Sorrento and along the Amalfi Coast as well as Capri. Towards the end of our family trip, we drove back up to Rome where we explored Vatican City and spent 1 more night before departing ways.

A woman exploring Alberobello during a Puglia itinerary

While my family headed back home to New Jersey, I met up with Ashley of World to Wander and we spent 3 nights and 4 days in Puglia. Our Puglia itinerary included us staying at Masseria Torre Coccaro, which is a 5-star luxury fortified farmhouse turned hotel. Staying at this stunning masseria provided us with a true Apulia experience.

In this Puglia travel guide and itinerary, discover the best places to visit and see during 4 days in this beautiful Southern Italian region.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Puglia, Masseria Torre Coccaro hosted me for three nights. I was also hosted at Coccaro Beach Club for one day.


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Puglia, Italy Itinerary for 4 Days

How to Get to Puglia:

Sea stacks of San't Angelo

During my Italy trip, I took a flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Rome Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci Airport with a layover in Lisbon.

After spending the first week in Italy with my family exploring Rome and the Amalfi Coast, I took another short and cheap flight from Rome Fiumicino to Bari International Airport in Puglia. The flight was only an hour. (You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.) Other ways to get from Rome to Bari or anywhere in Italy to the Puglia region is by renting a car or taking public transportation.

The trulli of Alberobello

Once Ashley and I arrived in Puglia, we rented a car from Bari Airport. As you follow along this Puglia itinerary for 4 days, I recommend that you also rent a car during your trip because it is the best way for you to see everything.

One thing to note about renting a car in Italy (or anywhere in the European Union) is that you will need to have an international diver’s permit in addition to your regular license. I don’t know how the process works for every single country out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office.  

If you don’t have your own vehicle, there is a public bus called Ferrovie del Sud Est. Other ways to see the Puglia region are by doing organized day trips and tours.

A beautiful building of Locorotondo

Even though this itinerary includes a base that you will stay at as you venture around, your 4 days in this region will have you driving a lot and will be like a Puglia road trip.

Staying at Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia, Italy:

A woman at Masseria Torre Coccaro in Fasano, Italy

One of the best places to stay in Puglia, Italy is Masseria Torre Coccaro, which is in the town of Fasano. (It is less than an hour drive south of Bari.) Like I talk about above, a masseria is a fortified farmhouse mostly found throughout the region of Apulia. Most masserias were built in the 16th Century and it is usually a complex of different buildings with courtyards and gardens.

Staying at Masseria Torre Coccaro during a Puglia itinerary

Not only is Masseria Torre Coccaro a beautiful 5-star hotel, it offers everything from a beach club to a pool along with an incredible spa and an award-winning, Michelin-star restaurant. The best part about staying at this beautiful hotel is that you don’t even have to leave the property to get the ultimate experience in Puglia.

A chapel at Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia

Masseria Torre Coccaro has stunning rooms, villas, a cave spa, fitness center, restaurants, pool and bar, hot tub, beach club, a chapel onsite, gardens and courtyard, lounge seating, fire pits, its own parking lot, a concierge, live music and I can go on.

A woman enjoying her 4 days in Puglia, Southern Italy

Overall, Masseria Torre Coccaro is the perfect place to stay on a romantic getaway, girls’ trip, solo adventure, mother-daughter vacation, a retreat, honeymoon and more!

Staying at Masseria Torre Coccaro:

A woman outside of her villa at Masseria Torre Coccaro

During our 3 nights at Masseria Torre Coccaro, Ashley and I stayed in the Junior Suite. Our room was situated in a timeless courtyard villa that included a fireplace, porch with outdoor seating and views of the pool.

Our room also had two double beds, an en-suite bathroom, a high ceiling, a television, desk, seating areas and more.

A hotel room at Masseria Torre Coccaro
A hotel room at Masseria Torre Coccaro
An olive tree in Puglia

Throughout your stay, you can request a staff member to take you around with a golf cart, but the restaurant, olive groves, pool and courtyard are all in a quick walking distance. The only thing that isn’t on the property is the beach club, but you can request a van to take you to and from the masseria.

Eating at Masseria Torre Coccaro:

The restaurant at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia has a renowned restaurant onsite that features the excellence of Pugliese cuisine. It also boasts locally sourced and seasonal ingredients that will leave you dreaming!

Restaurant Egnathia has “under the star” vaulted ceilings in the ancient stables of the estate. It is splashed out in bougainvillea, jasmines and stringed lights and it also includes beautiful views of the property and nearby olive groves.

The dreamy courtyard at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Since Restaurant Egnathia is Michelin-star, each dish is memorable and delicious and you will also receive chef samples throughout your entire dining experience. During my first evening, I enjoyed a mouthwatering salmon dish that was marinated with citrus fruit and topped with toasted pistachios, coconut, passion fruit and other berries.

A salmon dinner from Masseria Torre Coccaro
A seafood dinner from Masseria Torre Coccaro
A dessert from Masseria Torre Coccaro
A cannoli dessert from Masseria Torre Coccaro

The main course I had was squid in a lemony yellow tomato cream sauce with garlic and sautéed spinach. It was full of delicious flavors! For dessert, I savored the cannoli with mascarpone filling instead of the traditional ricotta. It had a similar taste to tiramisu and it was delicious!

A shrimp scampi dinner from Masseria Torre Coccaro
A cupcake dessert from Masseria Torre Coccaro

During the second evening at Masseria Torre Coccaro, I had the shrimp scampi dish that included hummus and yellow tomatoes. It also did not disappoint! In fact, you can never go wrong with the food in Italy!

Enjoying Masseria Torre Coccaro during a Puglia itinerary

There was nothing more magical than strolling through the dreamy courtyard after our meals. The courtyard at Masseria Torre Coccaro is decked with stringed lights and they usually have a live band playing beautiful music. It is such a romantic spot!

A cappuccino from Masseria Torre Coccaro
Breakfast at Masseria Torre Coccaro

In addition to their dinner menu, Masseria Torre Coccaro also has a great breakfast in the morning! Each day, Ashley and I enjoyed the hotel’s heartwarming coffee and cappuccinos along with their delicious frittatas, cakes, cold cuts and fresh fruit!

Making Memories at Masseria Torre Coccaro:

A woman at Coccaro Beach Club during a Puglia itinerary

In addition to the restaurant on the property, Masseria Torre Coccaro also has a beach club, spa and a lot more that they offer to guests for an unforgettable experience in Puglia. Even though I include Coccaro Beach Club and the spa in my Puglia itinerary below, I want to share everything else this amazing place has to offer!

If you are a golfer, there is a course within the estate’s property and Masseria Torre Coccaro can also organize a tee time at any of the other five golf courses in Puglia.

A masseria, fortified farmhouse in Puglia, Italy

You can also book a horseback riding experience along the beaches of Puglia; organize a biking tour; take piano, tennis or swimming lessons; enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting; participate in a photography or painting course; learn a new language; enjoy yacht and sailing excursions; do a cooking class and have fun on a vintage car or vespa tour.

Masseria Torre Coccaro also has yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes!

Puglia Itinerary for 4 Days – The Best Places to Visit:

A woman walking through Alberobello during a Puglia itinerary

Discover what to do in Puglia by following the detailed itinerary below:

Day 1: Arrive in Puglia

Check into Masseria Torre Coccaro:
A woman enjoying 4 days in Puglia, Southern Italy

When you travel to Puglia from Rome via plane, I recommend trying to catch the earliest flight so that you can truly enjoy your first full day.

As I mentioned above, once you land in Bari, it will take a little less than an hour to drive to Masseria Torre Coccaro in Fasano. Since the masseria is fortified, you will first arrive at a gate where you’ll need to call in. Once you get inside the estate, someone will greet you and take your baggages to your villa while you check in at the front desk. Everyone is so sweet and accommodating!

Visit Monopoli for Lunch:
A woman enjoying an afternoon in Monopoli during a Puglia itinerary

A Puglia itinerary is not complete without including a lovely afternoon in Monopoli, which is the closest city to Masseria Torre Coccaro. It is around a 20-minute drive from the hotel to the city and once you arrive, there is paid street parking just outside of the old town. (I recommend downloading the EasyPark app that you can use all throughout your 4 days in Puglia.)

Italian flags hanging in Monopoli, Italy

Overall, Monopoli is a quiet town along the Adriatic Sea and it is a beautiful place to walk around and grab lunch. When you first arrive in the city, take the time to stroll around the Old Town and Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi and admire all the beautiful and colorful Baroque architecture.

A church in Monopoli, Puglia

Some of the best landmarks to check out in Monopoli are the Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia, which is an 18th Century Roman Catholic cathedral and the Palazzo Palmieri that is a beautiful Baroque palace originally built for the royal Palmieri Family.

Beautiful architecture in Monopoli, Italy

Another gorgeous part of Monopoli that must be included in your Puglia itinerary is strolling around the Porto Antico di Monopoli and admiring all the colorful boats and pretty architecture. From there, walk the lungomare of Monopoli, which is a seaside promenade. The views are beautiful!

Porto Antico di Monopoli

Along your walk, you can see the beautiful Castello di Monopoli, which is a stone fortress that was used as a jail for centuries along with Bastione di Santa Maria where you can climb up a set of stairs to enjoy jaw dropping views. Click here to book a city tour around Monopoli.

An alleyway in Monopoli

There are a lot of great restaurants around Monopoli. A friend from Instagram, who lives in Italy, recommended Gaia – Osteria Popolare. If you have the opportunity and time, eat there!

Enjoying an Italian sandwich and Campari spritz in Monopoli during a Puglia itinerary

Ashley and I were craving a simple lunch where we could savor a tasty sandwich and we ended up eating at Vini & Panini. I enjoyed a prosciutto, buffala mozzarella, tomato and extra virgin olive oil sandwich with a Campari spritz on the side. (A Campari spritz is bitter than an Aperol spritz if you’ve never tried it before.)

Relax at the Pool and Spa at Masseria Torre Coccaro:
A woman at the pool at Masseria Torre Coccaro

When we got back to Masseria Torre Coccaro later in the afternoon, Ashley and I took some time to sunbathe by the pool, grab a drink at Cabana Pool Restaurant & Grill and enjoy a relaxing massage. You should do the same!

What is cool about the pool at Masseria Torre Coccaro is that it is designed to make you feel like you’re sitting at the beach. There are plenty of lounge chairs and lawn seating to relax at.

The Aveda Spa at the estate offers a plethora of therapies and treatments for you to choose from. You can enjoy massages, facials, manicures/pedicures, hair treatments and styling, plus more.

Ashley and I both enjoyed an aromatherapy massage each and it put me into a deep relaxation that I hadn’t experienced in a long time. It was amazing!

A woman enjoying the spa at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Overall, the Aveda Spa is situated in natural caves and it is dreamy! There is also an indoor heated pool and lounge seating to enjoy after your treatment. The spa also has comforting tea for you to relax with.

Eat Dinner at Masseria Torre Coccaro:
A woman enjoying a dreamy night in Puglia

After a well-needed spa treatment, head back to your villa, shower and get ready for a beautiful dinner at Restaurant Egnathia. The masseria’s restaurant is open to the public, so there will be people dining there who aren’t staying at the hotel.

One thing to note is that the restaurant at the estate is a high-end restaurant. I recommend that you dress up to eat there like we did.

Day 2: Enjoy a Relaxing Day at Coccaro Beach Club

A woman enjoying a beach day at Coccaro Beach Club during a Puglia itinerary
Have a Nice Breakfast at Masseria Torre Coccaro:

There was nothing more rewarding than waking up to an incredible breakfast at Masseria Torre Coccaro. The breakfast takes place in the beautiful Restaurant Egnathia on the property.

The restaurant at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Like I mentioned above, the breakfast at the estate includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast bar of delicious tarts and cakes, Italian cold cuts, fresh fruit and more. There is also an a-la-carte menu where you can order egg dishes such as frittatas.

Spend the Day at Coccaro Beach Club:
A woman at Coccaro Beach Club near Monopoli

The second day of our Puglia itinerary entailed spending well-needed time at the beach. What is awesome about Masseria Torre Coccaro is that they also have a beach club called Coccaro Beach Club!

Located 3 miles from the hotel, this dreamy beach club is situated on a sandy beach along the Adriatic Sea. Coccaro Beach Club has beach chairs, sun beds, lounge seating, a bar and restaurant along with a clothing boutique. In fact, it is known as one of the best 10 beach clubs of the Mediterranean region and it also has a stunning event space for an unforgettable Apulian beach wedding.

A woman relaxing on a sun bed at Coccaro Beach Club during a Puglia itinerary

From my personal experience, Coccaro Beach Club boasts the best sandy beach I’ve ever been to in Europe. The beach club also features Le Palme Beach Club Fish Restaurant & Pizzeria where you can savor delicious Italian seafood dishes, pizza and sushi.

Overall, I love how dreamy Coccaro Beach Club is! It is a great “Instagrammable” spot. In addition, they feature a great wine and cocktail list. During our day at Coccaro Beach Club, Ashley and I both got delicious cocktails to enjoy at the beach and savored the oysters (as an appetizer) and linguine and clams for our meal. Everything was delicious!

Cocktails and snacks at Coccaro Beach Club
An oyster appetizer from Coccaro Beach Club
Linguine and clams from Coccaro Beach Club

Like I said above, the hotel has a van that can take you to and from the estate and beach club. You just need to let the staff know a little ahead of time if you want to go to either or and they will organize everything for you.

Savor a Delicious Dinner at Masseria Torre Coccaro:

After our wonderful day at Coccaro Beach Club, we enjoyed a lovely evening relaxing in the masseria’s courtyard, around their fire pits, before savoring a lovely dinner. I suggest you do the same because it is lovely!

Day 3: Explore the Best Places in Puglia

A woman exploring Locorotondo during a Puglia itinerary
Visit the Itria Valley:

The Itria Valley or Valle d’Itria is in the heart of Apulia and it is situated between the region’s two gateway cities – Bari and Brindisi. It is known for its charming villages, vineyards and olive groves in the countryside. It is one of the most beautiful parts of Puglia!

A woman at a vineyard in the Puglia region of Italy

Overall, Alberobello is a little less than a half-hour drive from Masseria Torre Coccaro in Fasano. Then, the drive from Alberobello to Locorotondo is around 10 minutes long, and lastly, Cisternino is another 15 minutes from there. Throughout these villages, there is paid street parking outside of each Old Town.

Click here to book a tour of this area.

Alberobello:
A woman in front of a trulli in Alberobello

The third day of our Puglia itinerary required us to get up earlier so that we can experience the beauty of the region’s stunning whitewashed towns before the crowds showed up.

Ashley and I first started the day by wandering around the town of Alberobello. In fact, Alberobello was one of my favorite towns that we visited in Puglia! (It can get crowded in Alberobello, so that is why I recommend getting there early.)

There isn’t too much to do in Alberobello, but I highly recommend strolling around the village and admiring all the cool trulli houses. They are a whitewashed stone hut that is shaped like a cone. The trulli dates back to the 15th Century and it was first made for shelter and storage and later became homes.

A traditional trulli in Alberobello, Italy

Overall, Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that you cannot miss out on during your 4 days in Puglia! If there was a place I’ve traveled to in the past that Puglia reminded me of, it was most definitely Greece! A fun fact is that the region of Apulia was once a Greek colony.

Alberobello is split into two areas – one is Rione Monti, which is a tourist spot, and the other is Rione Aia Piccola that is residential. Other great things to do during your visit to Alberobello is to go souvenir shopping, visit a bakery or restaurant and even walk inside of a trulli!

Locorontondo:
A beautiful house in Locorotondo, Italy

Another beautiful town in the Itria Valley that you cannot leave out of your Puglia itinerary is Locorotondo.

Just like in Alberobello, there isn’t too much to do in Locorotondo, but it is another quaint village to stroll around in, shop for souvenirs, eat delicious orecchiette pasta dishes at a restaurant in town and even sip local wine. (Orecchiette is the staple pasta of Puglia.)

A woman in front of Palazzo Morelli during a Puglia itinerary

The top places to see in Locorotondo are the peaceful Church of Saint George, the stunning architecture of the Palazzo Morelli and the Villa Comunale, which is a park and garden that features gorgeous views of the Itria Valley.  

(If you visit Puglia during Christmastime, Locorotondo decorates beautifully with amazing decorations!)

Cisternino:
A woman enjoying a morning in Cisternino

The third village Ashley and I visited in the Itria Valley was Cisternino. Out of the three towns, I would say that Cisternino was the quietest, but it was beautiful!

Cisternino is another village to stroll through because it features medieval architecture and stunning alleyways that are filled with flowers and pretty décor all around.

A dreamy alley way in Cisternino, Italy

Some of the top things to do in Cisternino are to visit the 13th Century Church of San Nicola; walk around the town’s Villa Comunale, which is a garden that boasts a lovely terrace with nice views; climb to the top of Torre Normanno Sveva Cisternino that is a beautiful lookout tower and wander around the Piazza dell’Orologio.

Venture off to Matera in Basilicata:
A woman enjoying a day trip to Matera from Puglia

After exploring the Itria Valley, Ashley and I drove around and hour and a half west to Matera. (You can find paid street parking outside of the Old Town.) One thing to note about visiting Matera is that it is NOT in Puglia. It is in the region of Basilicata between Apulia and Calabria!

Matera is known to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is known for its complex of cave dwellings, which are so cool to see.

The cave dwellings of Matera, Basilicata

In the late 1800s, Matera was considered Italy’s embarrassment. The cave dwellings became notorious for poverty, poor sanitation, disease and horrible working conditions. In 1952, the population was evacuated and the city remained abandoned until 1980 when it reopened. Nowadays, it is a fascinating place to include in a Puglia itinerary since it isn’t far from all the popular villages. It makes for a great day or half day trip.

The city of Matera is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was the popular filming destination for the movie The Passion of The Christ! The city has a modern section along with its historical districts – Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano.

The main square of Matera, Italy

Some of the top things to do during your time in Matera is to admire the Old Town from one of the popular viewpoints (there are so many); do a guided city walking tour; walk through the duomo; see the inside of a traditional cave house (otherwise known as a casa grotta) and visit Casa Noha and learn all about the history of this beautiful city.

As you continue to make your way around Matera, stroll around the beautiful Piazza Vittorio and visit the Palombaro Lungo, which is a cool water cistern, which used to store the city’s spring water.

Afterwards, savor a delicious lunch! The region of Basilicata is known for cavatelli pasta and I recommend finding a restaurant where you can savor it. The best restaurants to eat at are Ristorante Francesca, Oi Mari’, L’abbondanza Lucana, Vitantonio Lombardo and Kapunto.

Exploring Matera during a Puglia itinerary

Another cool thing to do during your time in Matera is to walk around the Parco della Murgia. This cool regional park boasts the Belvedere, which is one of the best viewpoints in Matera, as well as the Rupestrian Churches. The park also has great walking paths for you to discover hidden gems.

Enjoy an Evening in Polignano a Mare:
A woman enjoying an evening in Polignano a Mare in Puglia

When you’re finished exploring all of the jewels that Matera has to offer, head back to your vehicle and make your way over to spend a lovely evening in Polignano a Mare.

Two women enjoying the views of Polignano a Mare during a Puglia itinerary

This beautiful seaside town is known for its gorgeous Adriatic beaches, renowned cliffside restaurants, colorful alleyways and the white-pebble Lama Monachile, which is also known as the Cala Porto.

A beach in Polignano a Mare

When you first arrive in Polignano a Mare, you can find paid street parking outside of the Old Town. One of the first spots to see is the Lama Monachile, which features a beach and a Roman bridge. It is a beautiful spot to relax at and enjoy breathtaking views, both on the bridge and at the Grotta Piana, which is a scenic cliffside.

Gorgeous views in Polignano a Mare

If you spend the day in Polignano a Mare, I recommend you enjoy some time at one of the beaches. The best beaches in Polignano a Mare are Cala Paura Beach, Cala Porto Beach, Ponte dei Lapilli Beach and Porto Cavallo Beach.

Grotta Palazzese restaurant in Polignano a Mare

Another great thing to do in Polignano a Mare is to explore the city’s sea caves by boat. It is a great way to catch stunning views, including the iconic Grotta Palazzese restaurant.

An Aperol spritz from Polignano a Mare

After Ashley and I arrived, we grabbed an aperitivo at a quaint cliffside bar called Acquamarea. It has beautiful views to admire while you enjoy a drink and snack!

Orecchiette pasta from Puglia

The best restaurants to enjoy a nice dinner in Polignano a Mare are Pescaria, Mint Cucina Fresca, Osteria dei Mulini and Ristorante Trattoria della Nonna. During our evening here, I finally savored orecchiette (with fresh tomato sauce) and it was delicious! Polignano a Mare also has great gelato spots.

(Polignano a Mare is located around 25 minutes from Masseria Torre Coccaro. It is a town that cannot be missed on a Puglia itinerary for 4 days!)

Day 4: Travel Down the Heel in Puglia

A woman exploring the heel of Puglia during a 4-day itinerary
Get to Enjoy One Last Breakfast at Masseria Torre Coccaro and Check Out:

Our fourth day in Puglia was also our final day. Before we checked out of the hotel and hit the road to explore the rest of the heel of Southern Italy, Ashley and I enjoyed one last breakfast at Masseria Torre Coccaro!

Because we were ending our day at Bari Airport to fly back to Rome, before we headed home to the states, we drove south from the masseria before driving north. Our Southern Puglia itinerary for the day was Cala dell’Acquaviva, San’t Andrea, Grotta Della Poesia, Ostuni and then Bari.

Swim and Relax at Cala Dell’Acquaviva:
A woman at Calla dell'Aquaviva in Puglia

The drive from Masseria Torre Coccaro from Cala Dell’Acquaviva is a little less than two hours. There is a parking lot at the beach, but if you want to save money and not have to pay, then you can park along the road.

Overall, Cala Dell’Acquaviva is a stunning turquoise channel in the Marina di Marittima of Puglia. It is a beautiful area to lay your towel down and relax. You can also climb up the cliffs and relax up there too. (There is also a restaurant and café at this spot.)

See the Sea Stacks of San’t Andrea
A woman at San't Angelo during a Puglia itinerary

After spending a few hours relaxing, swimming and enjoying the beauty of Cala Dell’Acquaviva, drive 45 minutes north to I Faraglioni di San’t Andrea, which is near the city of Lecce. (There is a paid parking lot in San’t Andrea.) If you’re looking to explore Lecce and have the time, it is a great city to grab lunch in!

This beautiful area cannot be left out of a Puglia itinerary because it features a compact cove for swimming and diving and there are breathtaking sea stacks and arches to admire. In addition to enjoying the water, San’t Andrea is also a great place to enjoy a picnic with a view!

Jump into Grotta Della Poesia:
Cape of Poetry in Puglia

The best way to end your fun time along the heel of Puglia is by stopping at Grotta Della Poesia (otherwise known as the Cape of Poetry). It is around a 10-minute drive from San’t Andrea and there is paid parking diagonal from the ticket counter.

For 3 euros, you can visit the Grotta Della Poesia and enjoy the natural pool there that is surrounded by limestone rock. You can swim into the caves and through a tunnel that leads out to the sea. It is a fun spot to make memories at and the cave itself is beautiful!

Explore Ostuni in the Evening:
Enjoying an evening in Ostuni during a Puglia itinerary

The very last city we stopped at before heading to the airport was the whitewashed city of Ostuni. It takes around an hour and a half to drive from Grotta Della Poesia to Ostuni.

A dreamy alleyway of Ostuni, Italy

Even though we didn’t have much time to explore deeply into Ostuni, some of the best things to do is stroll through the dreamy Old Town; visit the 15th Century Duomo Ostuni, which features beautiful Gothic architecture and savor a pasticciotto Leccesse at a local bakery, which is a popular Pugliese pastry filled with either regular, chocolate or pistachio cream and is topped with powder sugar.

Pasticciotto Leccesse from Puglia
Pizza and red wine from Ostuni

During our time in Ostuni, Ashley and I enjoyed our last dinner in Italy. We were craving pizza, so we savored delicious pies from Ristorante Pizzeria Il Ritrovo, which was situated in a charming alleyway. Another great spot to savor a delicious meal in Ostuni is at Osteria Del Tempo Perso, which is in an ancient cave!

Fly back to Rome from Bari

After our dinner, we drove to the airport where we dropped off our rental car and flew back to Rome. The drive from Ostuni to Bari Airport is over an hour.


A woman in Matera, Italy

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the ultimate Puglia itinerary for 4 days in this detailed Italy travel blog and reading about my experience at Masseria Torre Coccaro. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

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  1. Kim Deer on November 9, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    This was one of my favorite blogs and this region is absolutely breathtaking. Loved the beautiful Masseria Torre Coccaro where you stayed. What a wonderful experience for you. The grounds were absolutely stunning ~ loved the gorgeous aqua colored waters in the amazing pool. You looked fabulous in all the photos. Love the architecture in Puglia ~ very different ~ old world! Glad you had an awesome time and thank you for sharing your invaluable experience with us ~ great blog and amazing photos ~ love you, mom xoxo 👩

    • Taylor Deer on November 14, 2021 at 9:43 am

      Thank you mom! It was such a beautiful part of Italy. I loved it so much! <3

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A woman exploring Matera, Italy during her Puglia itinerary

Apulia, or Puglia, is a special and unique region in Italy that should not be overlooked when you visit the southern part of the country. It is located at the heel of the boot, along the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas and is known for its whitewashed hill towns, stunning beaches, beautiful masserias (which are farmhouses) and Baroque cities. By following this Puglia itinerary, you will connect to a whole new part of Italy.

In September 2021, I did an unforgettable Southern Italy trip. I started my Italy travels in Rome with my family where we spent 2 nights in the capital city. From there, we made our way to Naples before spending 5 nights in Sorrento and along the Amalfi Coast as well as Capri. Towards the end of our family trip, we drove back up to Rome where we explored Vatican City and spent 1 more night before departing ways.

A woman exploring Alberobello during a Puglia itinerary

While my family headed back home to New Jersey, I met up with Ashley of World to Wander and we spent 3 nights and 4 days in Puglia. Our Puglia itinerary included us staying at Masseria Torre Coccaro, which is a 5-star luxury fortified farmhouse turned hotel. Staying at this stunning masseria provided us with a true Apulia experience.

In this Puglia travel guide and itinerary, discover the best places to visit and see during 4 days in this beautiful Southern Italian region.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Puglia, Masseria Torre Coccaro hosted me for three nights. I was also hosted at Coccaro Beach Club for one day.


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Puglia, Italy Itinerary for 4 Days

How to Get to Puglia:

Sea stacks of San't Angelo

During my Italy trip, I took a flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Rome Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci Airport with a layover in Lisbon.

After spending the first week in Italy with my family exploring Rome and the Amalfi Coast, I took another short and cheap flight from Rome Fiumicino to Bari International Airport in Puglia. The flight was only an hour. (You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.) Other ways to get from Rome to Bari or anywhere in Italy to the Puglia region is by renting a car or taking public transportation.

The trulli of Alberobello

Once Ashley and I arrived in Puglia, we rented a car from Bari Airport. As you follow along this Puglia itinerary for 4 days, I recommend that you also rent a car during your trip because it is the best way for you to see everything.

One thing to note about renting a car in Italy (or anywhere in the European Union) is that you will need to have an international diver’s permit in addition to your regular license. I don’t know how the process works for every single country out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office.  

If you don’t have your own vehicle, there is a public bus called Ferrovie del Sud Est. Other ways to see the Puglia region are by doing organized day trips and tours.

A beautiful building of Locorotondo

Even though this itinerary includes a base that you will stay at as you venture around, your 4 days in this region will have you driving a lot and will be like a Puglia road trip.

Staying at Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia, Italy:

A woman at Masseria Torre Coccaro in Fasano, Italy

One of the best places to stay in Puglia, Italy is Masseria Torre Coccaro, which is in the town of Fasano. (It is less than an hour drive south of Bari.) Like I talk about above, a masseria is a fortified farmhouse mostly found throughout the region of Apulia. Most masserias were built in the 16th Century and it is usually a complex of different buildings with courtyards and gardens.

Staying at Masseria Torre Coccaro during a Puglia itinerary

Not only is Masseria Torre Coccaro a beautiful 5-star hotel, it offers everything from a beach club to a pool along with an incredible spa and an award-winning, Michelin-star restaurant. The best part about staying at this beautiful hotel is that you don’t even have to leave the property to get the ultimate experience in Puglia.

A chapel at Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia

Masseria Torre Coccaro has stunning rooms, villas, a cave spa, fitness center, restaurants, pool and bar, hot tub, beach club, a chapel onsite, gardens and courtyard, lounge seating, fire pits, its own parking lot, a concierge, live music and I can go on.

A woman enjoying her 4 days in Puglia, Southern Italy

Overall, Masseria Torre Coccaro is the perfect place to stay on a romantic getaway, girls’ trip, solo adventure, mother-daughter vacation, a retreat, honeymoon and more!

Staying at Masseria Torre Coccaro:

A woman outside of her villa at Masseria Torre Coccaro

During our 3 nights at Masseria Torre Coccaro, Ashley and I stayed in the Junior Suite. Our room was situated in a timeless courtyard villa that included a fireplace, porch with outdoor seating and views of the pool.

Our room also had two double beds, an en-suite bathroom, a high ceiling, a television, desk, seating areas and more.

A hotel room at Masseria Torre Coccaro
A hotel room at Masseria Torre Coccaro
An olive tree in Puglia

Throughout your stay, you can request a staff member to take you around with a golf cart, but the restaurant, olive groves, pool and courtyard are all in a quick walking distance. The only thing that isn’t on the property is the beach club, but you can request a van to take you to and from the masseria.

Eating at Masseria Torre Coccaro:

The restaurant at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia has a renowned restaurant onsite that features the excellence of Pugliese cuisine. It also boasts locally sourced and seasonal ingredients that will leave you dreaming!

Restaurant Egnathia has “under the star” vaulted ceilings in the ancient stables of the estate. It is splashed out in bougainvillea, jasmines and stringed lights and it also includes beautiful views of the property and nearby olive groves.

The dreamy courtyard at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Since Restaurant Egnathia is Michelin-star, each dish is memorable and delicious and you will also receive chef samples throughout your entire dining experience. During my first evening, I enjoyed a mouthwatering salmon dish that was marinated with citrus fruit and topped with toasted pistachios, coconut, passion fruit and other berries.

A salmon dinner from Masseria Torre Coccaro
A seafood dinner from Masseria Torre Coccaro
A dessert from Masseria Torre Coccaro
A cannoli dessert from Masseria Torre Coccaro

The main course I had was squid in a lemony yellow tomato cream sauce with garlic and sautéed spinach. It was full of delicious flavors! For dessert, I savored the cannoli with mascarpone filling instead of the traditional ricotta. It had a similar taste to tiramisu and it was delicious!

A shrimp scampi dinner from Masseria Torre Coccaro
A cupcake dessert from Masseria Torre Coccaro

During the second evening at Masseria Torre Coccaro, I had the shrimp scampi dish that included hummus and yellow tomatoes. It also did not disappoint! In fact, you can never go wrong with the food in Italy!

Enjoying Masseria Torre Coccaro during a Puglia itinerary

There was nothing more magical than strolling through the dreamy courtyard after our meals. The courtyard at Masseria Torre Coccaro is decked with stringed lights and they usually have a live band playing beautiful music. It is such a romantic spot!

A cappuccino from Masseria Torre Coccaro
Breakfast at Masseria Torre Coccaro

In addition to their dinner menu, Masseria Torre Coccaro also has a great breakfast in the morning! Each day, Ashley and I enjoyed the hotel’s heartwarming coffee and cappuccinos along with their delicious frittatas, cakes, cold cuts and fresh fruit!

Making Memories at Masseria Torre Coccaro:

A woman at Coccaro Beach Club during a Puglia itinerary

In addition to the restaurant on the property, Masseria Torre Coccaro also has a beach club, spa and a lot more that they offer to guests for an unforgettable experience in Puglia. Even though I include Coccaro Beach Club and the spa in my Puglia itinerary below, I want to share everything else this amazing place has to offer!

If you are a golfer, there is a course within the estate’s property and Masseria Torre Coccaro can also organize a tee time at any of the other five golf courses in Puglia.

A masseria, fortified farmhouse in Puglia, Italy

You can also book a horseback riding experience along the beaches of Puglia; organize a biking tour; take piano, tennis or swimming lessons; enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting; participate in a photography or painting course; learn a new language; enjoy yacht and sailing excursions; do a cooking class and have fun on a vintage car or vespa tour.

Masseria Torre Coccaro also has yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes!

Puglia Itinerary for 4 Days – The Best Places to Visit:

A woman walking through Alberobello during a Puglia itinerary

Discover what to do in Puglia by following the detailed itinerary below:

Day 1: Arrive in Puglia

Check into Masseria Torre Coccaro:
A woman enjoying 4 days in Puglia, Southern Italy

When you travel to Puglia from Rome via plane, I recommend trying to catch the earliest flight so that you can truly enjoy your first full day.

As I mentioned above, once you land in Bari, it will take a little less than an hour to drive to Masseria Torre Coccaro in Fasano. Since the masseria is fortified, you will first arrive at a gate where you’ll need to call in. Once you get inside the estate, someone will greet you and take your baggages to your villa while you check in at the front desk. Everyone is so sweet and accommodating!

Visit Monopoli for Lunch:
A woman enjoying an afternoon in Monopoli during a Puglia itinerary

A Puglia itinerary is not complete without including a lovely afternoon in Monopoli, which is the closest city to Masseria Torre Coccaro. It is around a 20-minute drive from the hotel to the city and once you arrive, there is paid street parking just outside of the old town. (I recommend downloading the EasyPark app that you can use all throughout your 4 days in Puglia.)

Italian flags hanging in Monopoli, Italy

Overall, Monopoli is a quiet town along the Adriatic Sea and it is a beautiful place to walk around and grab lunch. When you first arrive in the city, take the time to stroll around the Old Town and Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi and admire all the beautiful and colorful Baroque architecture.

A church in Monopoli, Puglia

Some of the best landmarks to check out in Monopoli are the Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia, which is an 18th Century Roman Catholic cathedral and the Palazzo Palmieri that is a beautiful Baroque palace originally built for the royal Palmieri Family.

Beautiful architecture in Monopoli, Italy

Another gorgeous part of Monopoli that must be included in your Puglia itinerary is strolling around the Porto Antico di Monopoli and admiring all the colorful boats and pretty architecture. From there, walk the lungomare of Monopoli, which is a seaside promenade. The views are beautiful!

Porto Antico di Monopoli

Along your walk, you can see the beautiful Castello di Monopoli, which is a stone fortress that was used as a jail for centuries along with Bastione di Santa Maria where you can climb up a set of stairs to enjoy jaw dropping views. Click here to book a city tour around Monopoli.

An alleyway in Monopoli

There are a lot of great restaurants around Monopoli. A friend from Instagram, who lives in Italy, recommended Gaia – Osteria Popolare. If you have the opportunity and time, eat there!

Enjoying an Italian sandwich and Campari spritz in Monopoli during a Puglia itinerary

Ashley and I were craving a simple lunch where we could savor a tasty sandwich and we ended up eating at Vini & Panini. I enjoyed a prosciutto, buffala mozzarella, tomato and extra virgin olive oil sandwich with a Campari spritz on the side. (A Campari spritz is bitter than an Aperol spritz if you’ve never tried it before.)

Relax at the Pool and Spa at Masseria Torre Coccaro:
A woman at the pool at Masseria Torre Coccaro

When we got back to Masseria Torre Coccaro later in the afternoon, Ashley and I took some time to sunbathe by the pool, grab a drink at Cabana Pool Restaurant & Grill and enjoy a relaxing massage. You should do the same!

What is cool about the pool at Masseria Torre Coccaro is that it is designed to make you feel like you’re sitting at the beach. There are plenty of lounge chairs and lawn seating to relax at.

The Aveda Spa at the estate offers a plethora of therapies and treatments for you to choose from. You can enjoy massages, facials, manicures/pedicures, hair treatments and styling, plus more.

Ashley and I both enjoyed an aromatherapy massage each and it put me into a deep relaxation that I hadn’t experienced in a long time. It was amazing!

A woman enjoying the spa at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Overall, the Aveda Spa is situated in natural caves and it is dreamy! There is also an indoor heated pool and lounge seating to enjoy after your treatment. The spa also has comforting tea for you to relax with.

Eat Dinner at Masseria Torre Coccaro:
A woman enjoying a dreamy night in Puglia

After a well-needed spa treatment, head back to your villa, shower and get ready for a beautiful dinner at Restaurant Egnathia. The masseria’s restaurant is open to the public, so there will be people dining there who aren’t staying at the hotel.

One thing to note is that the restaurant at the estate is a high-end restaurant. I recommend that you dress up to eat there like we did.

Day 2: Enjoy a Relaxing Day at Coccaro Beach Club

A woman enjoying a beach day at Coccaro Beach Club during a Puglia itinerary
Have a Nice Breakfast at Masseria Torre Coccaro:

There was nothing more rewarding than waking up to an incredible breakfast at Masseria Torre Coccaro. The breakfast takes place in the beautiful Restaurant Egnathia on the property.

The restaurant at Masseria Torre Coccaro

Like I mentioned above, the breakfast at the estate includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast bar of delicious tarts and cakes, Italian cold cuts, fresh fruit and more. There is also an a-la-carte menu where you can order egg dishes such as frittatas.

Spend the Day at Coccaro Beach Club:
A woman at Coccaro Beach Club near Monopoli

The second day of our Puglia itinerary entailed spending well-needed time at the beach. What is awesome about Masseria Torre Coccaro is that they also have a beach club called Coccaro Beach Club!

Located 3 miles from the hotel, this dreamy beach club is situated on a sandy beach along the Adriatic Sea. Coccaro Beach Club has beach chairs, sun beds, lounge seating, a bar and restaurant along with a clothing boutique. In fact, it is known as one of the best 10 beach clubs of the Mediterranean region and it also has a stunning event space for an unforgettable Apulian beach wedding.

A woman relaxing on a sun bed at Coccaro Beach Club during a Puglia itinerary

From my personal experience, Coccaro Beach Club boasts the best sandy beach I’ve ever been to in Europe. The beach club also features Le Palme Beach Club Fish Restaurant & Pizzeria where you can savor delicious Italian seafood dishes, pizza and sushi.

Overall, I love how dreamy Coccaro Beach Club is! It is a great “Instagrammable” spot. In addition, they feature a great wine and cocktail list. During our day at Coccaro Beach Club, Ashley and I both got delicious cocktails to enjoy at the beach and savored the oysters (as an appetizer) and linguine and clams for our meal. Everything was delicious!

Cocktails and snacks at Coccaro Beach Club
An oyster appetizer from Coccaro Beach Club
Linguine and clams from Coccaro Beach Club

Like I said above, the hotel has a van that can take you to and from the estate and beach club. You just need to let the staff know a little ahead of time if you want to go to either or and they will organize everything for you.

Savor a Delicious Dinner at Masseria Torre Coccaro:

After our wonderful day at Coccaro Beach Club, we enjoyed a lovely evening relaxing in the masseria’s courtyard, around their fire pits, before savoring a lovely dinner. I suggest you do the same because it is lovely!

Day 3: Explore the Best Places in Puglia

A woman exploring Locorotondo during a Puglia itinerary
Visit the Itria Valley:

The Itria Valley or Valle d’Itria is in the heart of Apulia and it is situated between the region’s two gateway cities – Bari and Brindisi. It is known for its charming villages, vineyards and olive groves in the countryside. It is one of the most beautiful parts of Puglia!

A woman at a vineyard in the Puglia region of Italy

Overall, Alberobello is a little less than a half-hour drive from Masseria Torre Coccaro in Fasano. Then, the drive from Alberobello to Locorotondo is around 10 minutes long, and lastly, Cisternino is another 15 minutes from there. Throughout these villages, there is paid street parking outside of each Old Town.

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Alberobello:
A woman in front of a trulli in Alberobello

The third day of our Puglia itinerary required us to get up earlier so that we can experience the beauty of the region’s stunning whitewashed towns before the crowds showed up.

Ashley and I first started the day by wandering around the town of Alberobello. In fact, Alberobello was one of my favorite towns that we visited in Puglia! (It can get crowded in Alberobello, so that is why I recommend getting there early.)

There isn’t too much to do in Alberobello, but I highly recommend strolling around the village and admiring all the cool trulli houses. They are a whitewashed stone hut that is shaped like a cone. The trulli dates back to the 15th Century and it was first made for shelter and storage and later became homes.

A traditional trulli in Alberobello, Italy

Overall, Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that you cannot miss out on during your 4 days in Puglia! If there was a place I’ve traveled to in the past that Puglia reminded me of, it was most definitely Greece! A fun fact is that the region of Apulia was once a Greek colony.

Alberobello is split into two areas – one is Rione Monti, which is a tourist spot, and the other is Rione Aia Piccola that is residential. Other great things to do during your visit to Alberobello is to go souvenir shopping, visit a bakery or restaurant and even walk inside of a trulli!

Locorontondo:
A beautiful house in Locorotondo, Italy

Another beautiful town in the Itria Valley that you cannot leave out of your Puglia itinerary is Locorotondo.

Just like in Alberobello, there isn’t too much to do in Locorotondo, but it is another quaint village to stroll around in, shop for souvenirs, eat delicious orecchiette pasta dishes at a restaurant in town and even sip local wine. (Orecchiette is the staple pasta of Puglia.)

A woman in front of Palazzo Morelli during a Puglia itinerary

The top places to see in Locorotondo are the peaceful Church of Saint George, the stunning architecture of the Palazzo Morelli and the Villa Comunale, which is a park and garden that features gorgeous views of the Itria Valley.  

(If you visit Puglia during Christmastime, Locorotondo decorates beautifully with amazing decorations!)

Cisternino:
A woman enjoying a morning in Cisternino

The third village Ashley and I visited in the Itria Valley was Cisternino. Out of the three towns, I would say that Cisternino was the quietest, but it was beautiful!

Cisternino is another village to stroll through because it features medieval architecture and stunning alleyways that are filled with flowers and pretty décor all around.

A dreamy alley way in Cisternino, Italy

Some of the top things to do in Cisternino are to visit the 13th Century Church of San Nicola; walk around the town’s Villa Comunale, which is a garden that boasts a lovely terrace with nice views; climb to the top of Torre Normanno Sveva Cisternino that is a beautiful lookout tower and wander around the Piazza dell’Orologio.

Venture off to Matera in Basilicata:
A woman enjoying a day trip to Matera from Puglia

After exploring the Itria Valley, Ashley and I drove around and hour and a half west to Matera. (You can find paid street parking outside of the Old Town.) One thing to note about visiting Matera is that it is NOT in Puglia. It is in the region of Basilicata between Apulia and Calabria!

Matera is known to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is known for its complex of cave dwellings, which are so cool to see.

The cave dwellings of Matera, Basilicata

In the late 1800s, Matera was considered Italy’s embarrassment. The cave dwellings became notorious for poverty, poor sanitation, disease and horrible working conditions. In 1952, the population was evacuated and the city remained abandoned until 1980 when it reopened. Nowadays, it is a fascinating place to include in a Puglia itinerary since it isn’t far from all the popular villages. It makes for a great day or half day trip.

The city of Matera is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was the popular filming destination for the movie The Passion of The Christ! The city has a modern section along with its historical districts – Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano.

The main square of Matera, Italy

Some of the top things to do during your time in Matera is to admire the Old Town from one of the popular viewpoints (there are so many); do a guided city walking tour; walk through the duomo; see the inside of a traditional cave house (otherwise known as a casa grotta) and visit Casa Noha and learn all about the history of this beautiful city.

As you continue to make your way around Matera, stroll around the beautiful Piazza Vittorio and visit the Palombaro Lungo, which is a cool water cistern, which used to store the city’s spring water.

Afterwards, savor a delicious lunch! The region of Basilicata is known for cavatelli pasta and I recommend finding a restaurant where you can savor it. The best restaurants to eat at are Ristorante Francesca, Oi Mari’, L’abbondanza Lucana, Vitantonio Lombardo and Kapunto.

Exploring Matera during a Puglia itinerary

Another cool thing to do during your time in Matera is to walk around the Parco della Murgia. This cool regional park boasts the Belvedere, which is one of the best viewpoints in Matera, as well as the Rupestrian Churches. The park also has great walking paths for you to discover hidden gems.

Enjoy an Evening in Polignano a Mare:
A woman enjoying an evening in Polignano a Mare in Puglia

When you’re finished exploring all of the jewels that Matera has to offer, head back to your vehicle and make your way over to spend a lovely evening in Polignano a Mare.

Two women enjoying the views of Polignano a Mare during a Puglia itinerary

This beautiful seaside town is known for its gorgeous Adriatic beaches, renowned cliffside restaurants, colorful alleyways and the white-pebble Lama Monachile, which is also known as the Cala Porto.

A beach in Polignano a Mare

When you first arrive in Polignano a Mare, you can find paid street parking outside of the Old Town. One of the first spots to see is the Lama Monachile, which features a beach and a Roman bridge. It is a beautiful spot to relax at and enjoy breathtaking views, both on the bridge and at the Grotta Piana, which is a scenic cliffside.

Gorgeous views in Polignano a Mare

If you spend the day in Polignano a Mare, I recommend you enjoy some time at one of the beaches. The best beaches in Polignano a Mare are Cala Paura Beach, Cala Porto Beach, Ponte dei Lapilli Beach and Porto Cavallo Beach.

Grotta Palazzese restaurant in Polignano a Mare

Another great thing to do in Polignano a Mare is to explore the city’s sea caves by boat. It is a great way to catch stunning views, including the iconic Grotta Palazzese restaurant.

An Aperol spritz from Polignano a Mare

After Ashley and I arrived, we grabbed an aperitivo at a quaint cliffside bar called Acquamarea. It has beautiful views to admire while you enjoy a drink and snack!

Orecchiette pasta from Puglia

The best restaurants to enjoy a nice dinner in Polignano a Mare are Pescaria, Mint Cucina Fresca, Osteria dei Mulini and Ristorante Trattoria della Nonna. During our evening here, I finally savored orecchiette (with fresh tomato sauce) and it was delicious! Polignano a Mare also has great gelato spots.

(Polignano a Mare is located around 25 minutes from Masseria Torre Coccaro. It is a town that cannot be missed on a Puglia itinerary for 4 days!)

Day 4: Travel Down the Heel in Puglia

A woman exploring the heel of Puglia during a 4-day itinerary
Get to Enjoy One Last Breakfast at Masseria Torre Coccaro and Check Out:

Our fourth day in Puglia was also our final day. Before we checked out of the hotel and hit the road to explore the rest of the heel of Southern Italy, Ashley and I enjoyed one last breakfast at Masseria Torre Coccaro!

Because we were ending our day at Bari Airport to fly back to Rome, before we headed home to the states, we drove south from the masseria before driving north. Our Southern Puglia itinerary for the day was Cala dell’Acquaviva, San’t Andrea, Grotta Della Poesia, Ostuni and then Bari.

Swim and Relax at Cala Dell’Acquaviva:
A woman at Calla dell'Aquaviva in Puglia

The drive from Masseria Torre Coccaro from Cala Dell’Acquaviva is a little less than two hours. There is a parking lot at the beach, but if you want to save money and not have to pay, then you can park along the road.

Overall, Cala Dell’Acquaviva is a stunning turquoise channel in the Marina di Marittima of Puglia. It is a beautiful area to lay your towel down and relax. You can also climb up the cliffs and relax up there too. (There is also a restaurant and café at this spot.)

See the Sea Stacks of San’t Andrea
A woman at San't Angelo during a Puglia itinerary

After spending a few hours relaxing, swimming and enjoying the beauty of Cala Dell’Acquaviva, drive 45 minutes north to I Faraglioni di San’t Andrea, which is near the city of Lecce. (There is a paid parking lot in San’t Andrea.) If you’re looking to explore Lecce and have the time, it is a great city to grab lunch in!

This beautiful area cannot be left out of a Puglia itinerary because it features a compact cove for swimming and diving and there are breathtaking sea stacks and arches to admire. In addition to enjoying the water, San’t Andrea is also a great place to enjoy a picnic with a view!

Jump into Grotta Della Poesia:
Cape of Poetry in Puglia

The best way to end your fun time along the heel of Puglia is by stopping at Grotta Della Poesia (otherwise known as the Cape of Poetry). It is around a 10-minute drive from San’t Andrea and there is paid parking diagonal from the ticket counter.

For 3 euros, you can visit the Grotta Della Poesia and enjoy the natural pool there that is surrounded by limestone rock. You can swim into the caves and through a tunnel that leads out to the sea. It is a fun spot to make memories at and the cave itself is beautiful!

Explore Ostuni in the Evening:
Enjoying an evening in Ostuni during a Puglia itinerary

The very last city we stopped at before heading to the airport was the whitewashed city of Ostuni. It takes around an hour and a half to drive from Grotta Della Poesia to Ostuni.

A dreamy alleyway of Ostuni, Italy

Even though we didn’t have much time to explore deeply into Ostuni, some of the best things to do is stroll through the dreamy Old Town; visit the 15th Century Duomo Ostuni, which features beautiful Gothic architecture and savor a pasticciotto Leccesse at a local bakery, which is a popular Pugliese pastry filled with either regular, chocolate or pistachio cream and is topped with powder sugar.

Pasticciotto Leccesse from Puglia
Pizza and red wine from Ostuni

During our time in Ostuni, Ashley and I enjoyed our last dinner in Italy. We were craving pizza, so we savored delicious pies from Ristorante Pizzeria Il Ritrovo, which was situated in a charming alleyway. Another great spot to savor a delicious meal in Ostuni is at Osteria Del Tempo Perso, which is in an ancient cave!

Fly back to Rome from Bari

After our dinner, we drove to the airport where we dropped off our rental car and flew back to Rome. The drive from Ostuni to Bari Airport is over an hour.


A woman in Matera, Italy

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the ultimate Puglia itinerary for 4 days in this detailed Italy travel blog and reading about my experience at Masseria Torre Coccaro. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on November 9, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    This was one of my favorite blogs and this region is absolutely breathtaking. Loved the beautiful Masseria Torre Coccaro where you stayed. What a wonderful experience for you. The grounds were absolutely stunning ~ loved the gorgeous aqua colored waters in the amazing pool. You looked fabulous in all the photos. Love the architecture in Puglia ~ very different ~ old world! Glad you had an awesome time and thank you for sharing your invaluable experience with us ~ great blog and amazing photos ~ love you, mom xoxo 👩

    • Taylor Deer on November 14, 2021 at 9:43 am

      Thank you mom! It was such a beautiful part of Italy. I loved it so much! <3

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