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Puglia planning - where to base, how long to spend

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I'm planning a trip that will include Puglia next July. This will follow 8-10 days Amalfi Coast and we are thinking about 8-10 days for Puglia although it's flexible.

I've been scouring the trip reports and they are a great source of info - so thanks so much to all of you who wrote them. I did notice that even a lot of people who normally base for several days in one place seem to do Puglia in one and two night stays. I would like to have as few bases as possible even if it means a little backtracking. However, it really doesn't seem reasonable in less than three bases.

So here's my rough itinerary:
Day 1 Matera - arrive late in the day
Day 2 Matera - explore Matera
Day 3 Matera - day trip to Castel del Monte (and maybe Trani)
Day 4 Polignano - drive to Polignano, explore Polignano and maybe Monopoli
Day 5 Polignano - day trip to Cisterno, Locorotundo, Alberobello, Martina Franca
Day 6 Polignano - day trip to Ostuni
Day 7 Lecce - drive to Lecce, explore Lecce
Day 8 Lecce - day trip around the tip of the heel
Day 9 back to Rome

Can you see a way to cover these places with only two bases?
Right amount of time for these places?
Correct order - or do Lecce before Polignano to make the trip back to Rome less?
Would you drive back to Rome or drop car and take train from Bari?
If we can afford another day or two what would you change?

Hotel suggestions - would like to keep it in the 75-100€ range. Ideally would be someplace in a town so we could walk to dinner and explore the town in the evening, yet not be really hard to find or drive in and out of the town given we will be doing day trips from each.

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