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Trip Report Matera and Puglia by public transportation: Bus, train, driver

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I wrote my Matera and Puglia travel story on another thread. Since there is no mention in the title nor the beginning of the trip report that we did this trip without renting a car, (including the Gargano peninsula!), I am taking the advice of fellow Fodorite, linawood and creating a new thread so I can provide a link for other travelers who rely on public transportation and want to visit this region.

In the link provided, you find that we started in Rome. We stayed one night in an upscale place and one night next to Termini in a modest place. Then we took off and spent:

Three nights in Trani
Three nights in Matera
Four nights in Lecce
Five nights in Polignano a Mare
Three nights in Otranto
Five nights in Peschici
Four nights in Rome

While we were in Lecce, we went on two different self guided tours to view other popular towns in the Salento. We had an hour to two hours on our own per town. The first day we saw:

Galatina-Otranto-Castro-Santa Maria de Leuca-Specchia

I failed to mention in the trip report that on this day we also had brief stops in Ciolo (remarkably gorgeous beach) and a brief stop at the ancient church called Santa Maria Della Croce in Casarano. It is considered one of the oldest places of Christian worship in the world. It is from the fifth century and it has well preserved frescoes from around the 13th century.

The second city tour brought us to:

Ostuni-Martina Franca-Cisternino-Locorotondo-Alberobello

We saw a lot of towns in our 30 days and loved every minute of it!!! In my report I speak of the wonderful encounters we had and the challenges we faced. As a result it's a very long report so you probably will want to skip to the towns you are interested in to get ideas on where we stayed or where we ate (we are vegetarians) or how we got there. Here it is:

http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/one-month-in-puglia-and-matera.cfm

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