Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Puglia -- Worth it???

Jump to last reply

We have planned a trip at the end of May beginning in Venice (4 nights), Bologna (2 nights) then Puglia (6 nights -- staying in Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, and Lecce) From these towns we would do day trips to Alberobello, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Ostuni, Gallipoli... (By the way, we are driving each route, except for the return which we would fly from Brindisi back to Venice.)
Athough the food and people sound wonderful, after reading various posts and trip reports (esp. jamikins and bikerscott), I began to have a few concerns (in no particular order):
1) Amount of driving (esp. tedious driving)
2) Lack of scenery between locations
3) Very poor condition of roads, especially when travelling to the small towns
4) Confusing directions (everyone speaks of getting lost regularly even with a GPS)
5) People's hesitancy to drive at night (going to town for dinner...) (b/c of #3 & #4)
5) English not commonly spoken
We tremendously enjoy getting off the beaten path, and have already visited all the major cities in Italy, that's why Puglia seemed enticing. I have never changed gears after planning a trip, except years ago when first planning Croatia. (We did go a couple of years later, and it is one of our favorites, along with the coast of Turkey...etc.)

We do not mind a lot of driving, changing hotels, etc. Yet, like most travelers, and coming from the US, I don't want to make a mistake. I cannot help but consider how, possibly, a change of itinerary might be wise.

We are now considering making a change.
Venice, Bologna would remain the same, then contemplating:

Verona, Lake Garda, The Dolomites
OR
Solvenia (Ljublijana, Lake Bled...)

I would appreciate your thoughts, advice, (corrections to my thinking!), recommendations!
Any Fodorites to the rescue?

12 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winners Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Sep 17, 14 at 01:05 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Planning 18 day euro trip HELP
  2. 2 Madrid Apartment Rentals
  3. 3 Madrid: Atmospheric Old Taverns
  4. 4 Is it worth driving around Southern Tuscany if we don't drink wine?
  5. 5 30 day Multi-Country Europe Trip in June- PLEASE HELP WITH ITINERARY!!!
  6. 6 Maitaitom & Tracy's Romantic 20th Anniversary Paris 2014 Trip In September
  7. 7 Olive Oil
  8. 8 January in Ireland: Recommendations on Lodging?
  9. 9 Aix En Provence to Marsilles or Nice for a few days?
  10. 10 3 adults in a Triple room at Hotel Attalos- crazy?
  11. 11 Trip Report Italy Trip: Another Scrap With Friction
  12. 12 Air France strike is extended until 26 September
  13. 13 Three Week Graduation Trip to Amsterdam, Bruges, Berlin, and Paris
  14. 14 Trip Report Spain (Practical) Trip Report
  15. 15 Cell phones- London and Paris
  16. 16 Has anyone used a Tour Guide in Sicily?
  17. 17 Pre-Trip Jitters!
  18. 18 Rental car return -> Taxi at Barcelona Airport
  19. 19 paris apartment opinion airbnb
  20. 20 Paris in 1 Day
  21. 21 Oslo in early Oct
  22. 22 Florence over Christmas w kids
  23. 23 Trip Report Mr & Mrs Annhig go bummelling round Germany.
  24. 24 Are you following Scotland's upcoming vote on independence?
  25. 25 Once Again Asking .... This Time Ireland
View next 25 » Back to the top