Wondering what to do in Puglia? Here are our favorite day trips for this wonderful destination. 

1. Locorotondo, Cisternino & Custom Handbags in Martina Franca

Martina Franca Handbag

Begin your local explorations by visiting Locorotondo, Cisternino and Martina Franca. In Martina Franca, have a beautiful handbag made for you at Pelleteria Artigianale su misura. Dine at a local masseria to enjoy the authentic cooking of Puglia.

2. Monopoli and Touring up the Coast

Monopoli, Italy

Visit Monopoli and the old harbor. For great food – especially fresh fish – lunch at Osteria Perricci (closed Tuesday) on Via Orazio Comes, 1, Monopoli, (Bari area) tel 080 9352208. This friendly family-run is small and typical of the area. Continue exploring up the coast to visit the archeological site of Egnazia, the first Greek settlement in the Italian peninsula. Continue on through the most ancient olive groves in Italy to Polignano a Mare. Stop there for the best gelato in the area at Supermago del Gelo which has been serving the best gelato in the area for almost 80 years!

3. Alberobello for Trulli, Olive Oil & Wine

Shopping in Alberobello, Puglia, Italy

Explore Alberobello and see the trulli. Shop in the craft shops in Alborbello. Buy some olive oil to enjoy during your stay. Puglia produces some of the best wheat, vegetables, olive oil and wine in Italy! Try a primitive red wine with dinner. It is genetically the same as the wonderful zinfandels in Sonoma, CA.

4. Ostuni & Lecce

White City of Ostuni, Italy

Head south along the coast to see the white villages of Ostuni and the Baroque city of Lecce.

5. Visit Bari's UNESCO sites

Castel del Monte, Bari, Italy

The area of Bari is worth a visit to see several UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Basilica of San Nicola in Bari and the famous Castel del Monte, located 18 miles south of Barletta in the commune of Andria.

6. Head for the Beach

A Beach in Gallipoli, Italy

Head for the beach to participate in any of the water sports – sailing, windsurfing, scuba. If the Adriatic side is windy and you want calm, drive over to the Ionic Sea. Or you can simply relax at home or consider a bicycle ride or a cooking class

Before You Leave

Revisit the places you loved the most or to see something you missed. Reflect on all you've done and save the rest for next time. Arrivederci!