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Where to base ourselves for our last two days???

Sydney, Australia
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Where to base ourselves for our last two days???

We are a family of five (two adults and three children 9, 9 & 10) travelling to Puglia in July.

We have 2 nights left to book and finding it hard to decide. We are staying four nights in Lecce with the plan to visit Gallipoli, Ontrato and Ostuni while there then we make our way north to spend one night in Matera and if we can check out Arbelobello. For our final two nights I thought staying in a seaside town close to Bari would be nice as we fly out from there and staying by the sea would be a nice change.

We would like to do some day trips from wherever we base ourselves. Towns like Polignano a Mare and Monopoli come up a lot but the decision is difficult. We also wanted to stay in a place with a great sea view and Polignano has very few places left for our dates. Relating to that I read on one of the forums that many places don't release prices until March for Summer so showing up as unavailable. Is this true? Should I wait?

Would have loved to stay in Vieste but it's too far for us to drive down to Bari to fly out. We like old historical towns with a bit of life at night and nice restaurants which both seem to have. Something not to overwhelming as mindful of the kids and their stamina as we are packing a lot in (maybe too much).

Please help!?!

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1. Re: Where to base ourselves for our last two days???

Matera could work as well because it is not far from Bari, but Monopoli or Polignano would be ideal as well. Choose based on the accommodation you like and what you want to do in the area.

Turin, Italy
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2. Re: Where to base ourselves for our last two days???

While you're in Lecce, focus on this area: visit Lecce old city centre, go to Otranto and Gallipoli, enjoy that sea...

But leave Ostuni to next days when you move to the north: you can stay there or in Polignano for a couple of nights and try to find a day inland for Alberobello and Castellana caves.

Very good planning a day in Matera where you can spend the evening and night there too, booking a typical traditional accomodation in B&B.

For the last 2 days, you may look for accomodation in Bari or Trani or Barletta.

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