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puglia/basilicata 9 day itinerary - too little time?

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We have 9 days/8 nights between arriving in Bari (from Croatia) and needing to be in Rome. This will be in Sept/Oct 2013. We plan to get a car.

Our proposed itinerary is:
2 nights Cisternino area -for exploring Val d'Itria, Alberobello, Locorotondo etc
2 nights Galatina area - for exploring the Salento and Lecce
2 nights Matera - maybe do sidetrip to Pietrapertosa to see Piccoli Appenini di Lucano
2 nights Acquafredda di Maratea - to see the dramatic coastline and if possible do some swimming
last day: big drive from Maratea to Rome on autostrada (via Michelin says ~5hrs)

We have read several of the trip reports from Franco and Ekscrunchy - lots of info thank you! - and realise that we are planning to cover a lot of ground. Are we crazy? BTW we have driven in Italy many times before (but up north) and speak a bit of Italian.

Also not sure of the best route between Matera and Acquafredda di Maratea, it looks like we may have to go south before heading west to the Tyrrhenian coast. Any ideas here?

We want to have a mix of seeing the sights in the towns/cities and enjoying the scenery of the coast and inland. This current itinerary is hedging our bets somewhat as we don't know what the weather will be like. If the weather is warm we'll most likely do hikes and swimming but if it's cool/wet we want to be near towns where we can visit churches and admire the architecture.

This plan is more rushed than our usual pace but there seems to be so many wonderful places to see down south and we don't know when we can get back. We would appreciate any suggestions or tips for this itinerary from you wonderful Fodorites with your wealth of experience.

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