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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2016
Spending time in puglia this winter  (5 Answers)

Hi, I have Italian heritage but do not speak the language. Would like to spend 4 or 5 weeks somewhere in Puglia...maybe Sicily, this winter. Where would you recommend? What towns remain somewhat open during February/ March? What areas are best for single travellers? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2015
Roadtrip to Puglia  (6 Answers)

Want to travel by car to Puglia,Italy. What are the "must see items" there? Tips about campingsites?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2014
Taxi or transfer  (6 Answers)

I need to get to Alessano from Marina San Gregorio. Is it possible to order a taxi some how?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2014
AUTO RENTAL  (9 Answers)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2014
Taxis in Puglia  (2 Answers)

HI there. I don't want to rent a car in Puglia b/c I will be on my own, but was worried about getting around. Could I get a taxi from Otranto to Gallipoli (b/c it seems to difficult to go directly by bus)?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2014
Getting from Naples to Puglia?  (3 Answers)

I will be traveling from Naples to Puglia at the beginning of July. I am wondering what is the best way to get to the region. I have not decided where in the south of Puglia I want to stay, (preferably somewhere near the ocean... Polignano a Mare? Gallipoli? Ostuni? Otranto? Lecce?). I was told there's a bus from Naples to Bari which takes about 3.5 hours... I would have to then take another form of transportation to the southern areas. I also read that the best option is to take the train, and that takes around 5+ hours. I am confused as to what is the best mode of transportation. I plan to use only public transportation... Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. :) Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 02, 2014
Head North or Head South in Puglia

Hello There, My friends and I will be traveling in Italy this summer. We will be ending our journey in Puglia, which I have never been to before. We are looking to relax and sightsee and would like very much to enjoy the ocean. We love swimming. What would be the best option for us in Puglia? We will have four days and on the fifth day we'll be flying out of Bari to Milan. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you! :)

Also, we will be getting around on Train or Bus. 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2014
has anyone been to Puglia and Sicily?  (5 Answers)

I am interested in spending about 10 days in either Puglia or Sicily for my honeymoon. We are on somewhat of a budget, want great food and wine, nice peaceful spots to sit overlooking the sea, eating that great food and relaxing, not too touristy, easy to get around (willing to rent a car). We are learning Italian so would like to practice and I think maybe in Sicily they speak a different dialect?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2014
Parking in small towns on the sea  (1 Answer)

I'm looking for appartments to rent somewhere San Gregorio, Gallipoli etc. And there are some interesting offers but without private parking. The owner persyades me that there will be no problem to find a parking place nearby. They offer 20 euro per week permission to park at all parkings. Is it true? Is it easy to find a slot to park? Because I remember the way we were looking for parking place in Pescara when our hotel parking was full.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2014
Brindisi or Porte Cesareo?  (1 Answer)

Our coming holiday I would like to spend exploring "the heel" and geografically both Brindisi and Porto Cesareo suit well for short rides everyday. But my children (teenagers) are very specific about the beach. To be more specific, the sea. They like when you can snork. The water should be clear and there are should be some species to watch (no matter fish or crab), they also don't like it when it is shallow for quite a long time ( as it is along Venice Rivierra). Could you please help me with a choice?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2013
Transportation Assistance  (2 Answers)

What is the best way to get from Bari Centrale to Masseria Fortificata Donnaloia?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2013
where to shop for basics  (6 Answers)

I'd like to buy a hair blowdryer and flatiron once I arrive in Brindisi. Any suggestions on where to purchase these items locally?

Thank you!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2013
Bari , Puglia Sorrento!!!!  (9 Answers)

Hi All,
Had a great 10 days in France last year thanks to all the great advice!!!
This year beginning in Naples, we Drive to Bari, then down the Heel, across the Sole and back up the coast taking in Amalfi and staying 2 nights in Sorrento!!! Total 10 days in all.
Am looking for suggestions, romantic beaches and hotels, quiet places, good food, history etc. Open to all suggestions and no plan as yet.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2013
About luggage storage in Bari Centrale Station?  (5 Answers)

Does anyone know please, if there is reliable luggage storage at Bari Centrale station.
We may have a couple of hours beteen trains there in June, and want to walk around a little bit.
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2012
auto trip in december  (4 Answers)

want to travel the puglia, campania, and basilicata regions by auto in mid december. auto europe for rental? looking to see the sights as we travel. no set agenda. any information, ideas, or recommedations will be greatly appreciated. will leave and return to rome. 8 or 9 nights on the road. me and my 20 yo son making the trip. will book flight in next two days.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2012
Rent  (6 Answers)

Does anybody know how much is the rent for a one-bedroom flat or a studio in Foggia or San Severo? I am interested in a place for students, nothing fancy.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2012
Puglia - Late September  (6 Answers)

Hi I am looking to spend a week in Puglia end of September with my boyfriend. We intend hiring a car and would like to travel around. We will fly to Brindisi. I am trying to work out where to be based or if it would be better to split the time between two locations. We would like to stay in an area that has a bit of life in the evenings with lots of good traditional restaurants to dine out at. In the day time we would drive to various sites and beaches. Please can you recommend best location that time of year and accommodation. We like to stay in 4/5* locations with nice views. Ideally a location near to a nice sandy beach but also a quaint little town with good choice for eating out.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 12, 2012
Itinerary Suggestions for 5 days in Puglia  (6 Answers)

Hi all,

I will be visiting Puglia for 5 days with my mum at the beginning of September, flying into Bari. I am starting to research the trip so would love to hear any suggestions for things to do / places to see during this short break.

We are currently interested in seeing some of the historic sites such as the Trulli in Alberobello, but also in enjoying the surrounding scenery including the beaches. We are looking for a relaxing break, rather than trying to squeeze everything in in one go! And we will be mostly travelling by public transport.

Can anyone suggest an interesting itinerary?

Thanks in advance and I will be sure to check through previous forum posts too!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2012
Trani Cathedral Hours  (5 Answers)

Since no one but Ingrid answered the parking question, I'm guessing there aren't many Trani-ites out there, but here's another question (maybe Ingrid will know :-) TraniWeb (), which seems to be THE site for information, says the cathedral does NOT close for lunch (operta 9-20). I'd love to believe this, but I can't help being a bit skeptical, especially off-season (I'm going in a few weeks). Thanks to anyone with personal knowledge to share. -Spencer

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2012
Trani--need advice on safe parking  (2 Answers)

I will be staying near Locorotondo, but I want to visit Trani, and I would appreciate any advice on driving into the city and parking safely. I am working out details of my trip, but I may want to stay overnight, and if so I would like the car to be safe. Are there garages? Reading about hotels is discouraging about the parking situation. I will have no luggage, so where I park the car is not so important. Close to the old town and Duomo would be nice, obviously, but I am open to any suggestions if I can find a safe space with relatively easy access. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2011
Has anyone been to Puglia in March?  (3 Answers)

I'm considering a trip to Puglia in the last two weeks of March. I have an opportunity to travel then, and I would like to visit a part of Italy I've never seen. A bit of weather research suggests that it is likely to be chilly and a bit windy, but does anyone have any first-hand experience or knowledge? My interests lie in the southern provinces (Taranto, Brindisi, Lecce). I don't expect beach weather, but I don't want to go if it will be too unpleasant to enjoy the old towns, for me the main attractions.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2011
Puglia-travelling Oct 28-Nov 1 or 2nd  (4 Answers)

I will be visiting the following sites:

Lecce-home base staying 2 nights
Castellana Grotte
Castel del Monte
Matera-want to stay over 1 night

I would like to see the above cities (and attractions).
Would prefer travelling by train or bus, would consider a car service.
I am afraid to drive in Italy. I cannot seem to find the proper trains and routes on line. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I must be back in Rome on Nov 3rd.
Thanking you in advance. Roz

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2011
Bari to Naples - Last Minute Change of Plans  (4 Answers)

Our airline has just advised us that they have cancelled our flight out of Bari to Canada and now we must fly out of Naples. We need some quick advice on travel from Bari to Naples - I checked out a one way flight and at450, it's prohibitive. We have also decided to turn this into an opportunity to visit the Naples/Amalfi area before we go home. We can allocate about 5 days to our stay there and don't necessarily have to go to Naples except to go to the airport. Any advice re a good base from which to operate would be appreciated, including how to get there from Bari. Thanks for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2011
Mosquitos  (4 Answers)

We are travelling around Puglia for two weeks at the end of august. Are mosquitos a problem?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2011
puglia in one week  (9 Answers)

we will be driving from Rome to Puglia region for a summer holiday (swimming mainly + everything else),
after a long drive ...which is the best city to stop for 2 days and swim and eat and then keep going until the tip of the heel and drive back the other way round
which cities/areas shall we stop and spend a few days on the road?

thanks for answers

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2011
Apartments to rent in Puglia  (3 Answers)

My wife and I are planning a trip to Puglia next April and are searching for an apartment in the historic district of a city/town to experience life like the locals (when we are there). I have several possibilities but am always looking to better the place. Does anyone know of a reasonably priced self-catering apartment somewhere in the middle of Puglia?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2011
Escursione costa a sud di otranto

Sto cercando qualcuno di Otranto disponibile per farci fare un giro in barca nella costa intorno ad otranto. Ovviamente a pagamento. Siamo in 2 e vorremmo fare una giornata in barca da soli.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2011
Looking for a good masseria/appartment close to the coast in Puglia...  (1 Answer)

Ciao a tutti!

We are a little family (a little son of 2years old) and we are looking for a fine place to stay near the Puglian'coast.
An agriturismo would be fine, an appartment, ... overall close to the sea.
Preferably with a little kitchen as our little son is not that eager to eat in restaurants ;). We will be travelling begin september.
All info would be greatly appreciated!

Thanx in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2011
Travelling between Martina Franca and Matera  (2 Answers)

We are hoping to holiday in Puglia/Basilicata this summer but reluctant to drive. We plan to fly to Bari or Brindisi, stay in Lecce for 2/3 nights and Martina Franca for 4/5 nights. We would also like to visit Matera. Does anyone know how we can get from Martina Franca to Matera in Basilicata? We believe the distance to be about 50 miles but there is no rail connection.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2010
Bicycle Tours in Puglia  (7 Answers)

Has anyone taken a bicycle tour in Puglia?

We are thinking of taking a bicycle tour in Puglia. There are numerous internet sites for bicycle tours, but we were wondering if anyone has actually taken one. We are in our sixties and would have no problem 30 or 40 miles a day.

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