Eager to head to Italy, but want to try something different than the overcrowded sites in Rome, Florence, and Venice? Perhaps Apulia is for you!
We've found a unique, luxe hotel in the Instagram-famous town of Alberobello from $102 night, including free cancellation and breakfast. Moreover, you can fly to Bari for less than $500, so you could make a whole vacation out of it for under $1,000 a week. There are a ton of possibilities so, we're showing you the hotel and flights separately — scroll down to check availability and learn more!
We also have provided a list of pirate tips for Southern Italy at the end of the post. 🏴☠️
Pirate Tips 🏴☠️
If you're in the area, we'll take the chance right away to give you some tips along the way.
Alberobello is a fantastic, cute village. Definitely don't miss the trulli village, but don't visit during the hottest midday sun, as there is very little shade and a lot of stone. It is best to go in the morning or late afternoon.
Since Alberobello is a small village, you will have explored the area quickly. But that doesn't matter! Puglia offers you a lot of beautiful places and beaches that you can easily explore from Alberobello.
Locorotondo, for example, is a small town about 15 minutes by bus from Alberobello. It is located on the top of a hill and I built in a circle around it. There you will be enchanted by white houses and small, narrow streets. What I particularly liked: the city does not seem to be so well known and therefore does not expect the whole turbulent tourist rush.
This one could be a little more time-consuming with the public transport, but Matera is definitely worth a visit when you're in Apulia. We've all been to mazes, but Matera is basically real-life, "naturally-ocurring" labyrinth. Besides the exciting architecture of the houses built in stone and beautiful viewpoints, everything feels unique in Matera
Beaches, beaches, beaches!!! Of course, beaches in Puglia should not be forgotten. The closest towns you can reach from Alberobello are at Monopoli, Polignano a Mare and Bari, but all along the coast you will generally find great beaches & gorgeous water.
The bus system can be quite a challenge at the beginning, but Google Maps shows you a very accurate description of how to get from A to B by bus and train. The price of local bus tickets is unbeatable — for a 1h trip you often pay only around 3€, and are often not even bound to a specific connection. If the local buses are too much of a challenge for you, there are also trains.
Have fun planning your vacation!
Keep in mind that although are deals are bookable at the time of posting, prices and availability change over time.