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I scored a fare I could not believe, so my husband and I are headed back to Bari in May after a fantastic trip there last May (Bari-Matera-Lecce {Salento}-Monopoli {Itria Valley}). I am just beginning this plan, but I have read through the forum archives. I am at the rambling stage, so this is the type of post for those who love these areas or who find the trip planning thought processes of others mildly interesting.
We arrive in the evening, and while we could do a very brief jet-lagged drive upon arrival, my husband's favorite meal of last year's trip was in Bari, plus picking up the car in Bari was infinitely less painful than standing in line at the airport, so I think we'll stay the first night in Bari--and that's one night down. Our last night will also need to be near Bari airport, and I am thinking Giovinazzo looks lovely. That's two nights down, 7 left! I usually like to balance interior and sea towns, and we prefer towns (with good restaurants) to staying in agriturismo. Here's what I am considering so far, and any input to help me focus will be appreciated.
1) Gravina di Puglia
We like hiking, and is the weather does not cooperate, it looks like there are plenty of towns to explore.
2) Castelmezzano or Pietrapertossa
Again, the hiking thing, and the I Borghi più belli d'Italia rarely lets me down. I am a little apprehensive about mountain driving. We would NOT be doing the zipline. Culinarily, would we be satisfied in these towns?
I initially wanted to go across to Maratea, but despite our love for the sea, I think this might be a letdown with tough driving. If we really want the sea, then maybe we should stick to the Bari area.
Thoughts:
Since we have been to the at Monopoli and south, and Gargano seems too far and early in the season (mid-late May), what about the Ionian Sea? It seems like it is mostly resorts, other than Metaponto, which we saw en route to Lecce last year.
We could also dip into Campania, but we have been there before. My real reason for that would be to see orchids in Cilento National Park.
As usual, my list is too long at this point. Pollino National Park is also in the running. Given that some of this driving will be arduous, I am looking for places to plop and enjoy at least 3 days at a time. I am tempted to just limit us to northern Puglia and the immediately neighboring areas of Basilicata. It seems a lot of visitors do a lot of moving. Any thoughts?

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