From Puglia to Basilicata
Fasano - Matera - Maratea
Combine the toe and the heel of Italy with this fly drive to a masseria in Puglia, a cave hotel in Matera and coastal hotel in Basilicata. This holiday has been tried and tested by families and couples alike and combines the delights of Puglia and Basilicata.
- Explore Puglia's long coastline of sandy beaches and visit its whitewashed hilltop towns
- Stay in a cave hotel in historical Matera
- Tick off the coves and beaches of Basilicata's rocky coastline and discover some of the region's best seafood in the towns of Acquafredda and Maratea
Fly drive through Southern Italy from the coast of Puglia to coastal Basilicata
We suggest flying into Bari or Brindisi in Puglia where you will collect your hire car and drive for approximately 1 hour to your hotel, an agriturismo property set amid olive groves near to the coast at Fasano.
The Fasano area is an ideal base from which to explore both inland and coastal Puglia. The Valle d’Itria is famed for its trulli (conical stone houses) and features several attractive towns well worth exploring. Half an hour’s drive from Fasano is Alberobello with the greatest concentration of trulli houses while neighbouring Martina Franca has some beautiful Baroque and Rococo architecture. Also close by is the gleaming whitewashed town of Ostuni set across 3 hills and visible from afar. The town has narrow medieval streets and some fantastic views over the countryside and towards the sea.
For beach lovers, this area of Puglia is a delight. There are long stretches of sandy coastline, inviting beach bars and restaurants and some great seafood. Heading further north, Monopoli and Polignano are appealing towns to visit on the coast while the pretty port town of Trani has a beautiful Romanesque cathedral. Inland from here, the octagonal 12th century Castel del Monte is also worth a visit.
To the south is the Salentine Peninsula with more beautiful beaches and a selection of delightful towns to explore. Baroque Lecce and charming seafront Gallipoli are the most popular but we also recommend visiting the little town of Galatina which has some impressive frescoes in the Chiesa di Santa Caterina.
Today you will drive inland to Basilicata and the hilltop town of Matera
You will spend 2 nights in a cave hotel in the heart of the old part, or sassi area, of Matera.
With a beautiful position on the edge of a ravine, Matera is a delight to explore. It was the setting for the novel Christ Stopped at Eboli, written by Carlo Levi and was also used for filming Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ. Matera’s intriguing cave dwellings, or sassi, were once evidence of the town’s acute poverty but with many now transformed into boutique cave hotels, they now reflect Matera’s evolution into a desirable destination. There are some impressive churches and museums which offer a fascinating account of the town’s history.
Today you will continue driving west towards the tiny stretch of Basilicata’s Tyrrhenian coast and the picturesque towns of Maratea and Acquafredda. The drive from Matera will take around 3 hours' and will take you through the Pollino National Park so perhaps take a picnic or ask us for details about the highly regarded restaurant in Terranova di Pollino.
We work with a number of hotels in the Maratea area depending on whether you would prefer to be in the town centre within walking distance of bars and restaurants or on the coast to make the most of the wonderful sea views.
Enjoy exploring the many beaches and coves along this sparkling stretch of coastline. Maratea is a charming hilltop town with a beautiful historic centre, backed by mountains. Nearby Acquafredda and Fiumicella meanwhile are delightful seaside towns with plenty of eateries offering deliciously fresh seafood. Inland, the sleepy villages of Lagonegro and Rivello are well worth exploring and for the more active the Pollino National Park is easily accessible.
Today you have the choice of driving north to Naples or south to Lamezia Terme, each around 2 and a half hour’s drive, for your flight back to the UK.
From £1,495 per person
Price is based on travel in mid season and on 2 people sharing. Includes international flights from the UK, accommodation and car hire.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accomodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.