Trip Report Puglia in June – Puglia Message Board – TripAdvisor

On arrival at Venice airport we found that our flight with Alitalia had been brought forward by 1 hour and they had not advised us, luckily we were there with time up our sleeve or so we thought.. it meant we had very little time to transfer in Rome but we made it. Unfortunately, however our luggage did not make it to Bari. The staff at Bari airport really could not have cared less, more important to them was that their shift was almost over and no one had turned up to relieve them. Obviously they did not realise my husband spoke fluent Italian being born in Venezia.

On arrival in Polignano we were a little confused as to what direction to head in. We ended up taking a little 3 wheeled buggy/bike to the Hotel Covo Dei Saraceni. The staff at reception were lovely and rang Alitalia for us to try to rush them to deliver our luggage.

They said it would be here this evening, it did not arrive. Our room was ready it was great, with 2 balconies, one over the street and the other over the water looking toward the Old Town. It didn’t take long to get organised as we had nothing to unpack. It was extremely hot and we would have loved to go for a swim but we had no swimwear so we just wandered around a got the lay of the land.

We had a reservation at Grotto Palazzese for our second night and were becoming mighty unsure of making it without suitable clothing. What we were wearing was not right for this restaurant but it was worrying because on reserving your table you leave your credit card details and "no shows" are charged. We headed back to the hotel and decided our clothes needed washing as we had no idea how long we were going to be wearing them. So the next few hours were spent sitting around in our hotel gowns and slippers waiting for our clothes to dry. Not exactly what we had planned for this beautiful town. That water is so amazing to look at and a paddle in the water did not cut it.

On arrival at Lecce we took a taxi to our BnB, Roof Barocco Suite where had a 2 bedroom apartment run by an amazing lady called Elizabetta, I have not written a review on this as yet, but I will. She is a superb cook and her breakfasts are amazing, way too much food. The apartment contains everything you could possibly need. we stayed in Lecce for 3 nights. I found the food in Lecce a little too repetitive for my liking. All of the menus seemed very similar. Our first night though we ate at Trattoria Di Nonna, recommended to us by Elizabetta, this was definitely our best meal here.

Day 2 we took a day trip to the South down to Santa Maria Di Luca, we ate lunch there, absolutely yum. We went via Galipoli, where we ate fresh oysters at the fish markets for morning tea. This was the best day. It is so beautiful down there. We organised it through a tour company in the town and the company they used was Imbriani Tours, Our driver was Massimo, a lovely man full of information. We stopped at some amazing places and the views were the best ever.

We drove to Porta Cesareo for lunch a beautiful little beachside town and had a beautiful lunch at il Rifugio del Naufrago, the staff were lovely and the food was great. I definitely am a Coastal girl. I had spaghetti Vongole and my husband had grilled Calamari, the best of his trip, 7 weeks, he said. This was the first of many times we were warned about parking our car out of sight, many rental car thefts, apparently.

We arrived in Matera and after a lot of confusion we found our BnB, Palazzo Degli Abati, what a gem this place is. Totally recommend this. The staff on check in were very helpful making dinner reservations for us and telling us how to negotiate the town. For a fee, E40 for 2 nights if I recall, someone picks your car up, drives it to a secure under cover, carpark and returns it to you on your departure. This meant the car was costing us money to not be used for 1.5 days plus parking, we stayed 2 nights. Matera was lovely, I think we walked about 15 kms while we were here plus we climbed and climbed. It’s very unique, a must visit.

We took the train to Centrale, then a taxi to our BnB, "Mare", in Bari old town. We chose this on it’s location because we were going to Croatia via ferry the following day and it had great reviews. It was absolutely lovely, beautifully decorated, very old world, breakfast was great and they kept our luggage for us the next day as we weren’t leaving on the ferry until the evening. Another BnB I would recommend, just perfect, only problem was that once again, we weren’t there long enough to fully appreciate it.