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Puglia and Matera: suggestions please?

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I'm starting to cobble together an itinerary for a fall trip to Puglia and Matera, and would appreciate some thoughts. I've gotten so many great ideas from reading trip reports and posts here, and am now trying to edit and put together a trip for my sister and me. We would probably be working with about 8 nights, including the first jet lagged one (coming from NYC)

We enjoy art, culture, and sampling the local wines and foods of whatever place we're in. Our best trips have been those with a good balance of sightseeing, wine/coffee breaks, good (but not stuffy) meals and reading/relaxing time.

We'll be doing this trip by public transportation. I understand that will limit us and that transportation in this area can be unreliable, but we're ok with that risk. It will be part of the adventure.

So... here's what I'm coming up with so far:

PLAN A
Arrive Bari
3 nights Matera
2 nights in Martina Franca??? to visit Alberobello, Locorotondo and MF
2/3 nights Trani (perhaps 2 Trani and last in Bari)
Depart Bari

Does anyone know if the Martina Franca centro is close/easily accessible to the train station? is there a better option for these nights? Alberobello is tempting for convenience, but I'm quite reluctant to stay there after repeatedly seeing it described as "Disney-like" . But I would like to see the Trulli.

I'm also tempted to work in Lecce; if we went in that direction, the plan would prob look more like this

PLAN B
Arrive Bari
1 night Trani
2/3 nights Matera
1/2 nights Martina Franca
3/4 nights Lecce
Depart Bari or Brindisi

Nothing has been purchased, booked or even put on paper yet, so I'm open to suggestions, and appreciate your thoughts.

ALSO, any recommended guide books for this region?

Thanks!

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