Lot of places to see, villages to visit... depends on your interests and preferences.
A hint... first things come in my mind:
- a day in Bari, especially the old city centre
- a day in Castellana caves and Alberobello
- a day in Matera
You can find many tips in this forum and the "province of Bari" forum...
Where would recommend staying to be centrally located
In Bari you can look for accomodation between central railway station and the old city centre or the seaside (university area or theatre area); or direclty in the old city centre.
Use list of reviewed places on tripadvisor...
Just for example in Matera: https://www.tripadvisor.it/Hotel_Review-g187…
Trulli houses near by should be seen as they might appeal to you as house or architectural design projects. Alberobelo is the location I believe south of Bari. Look for public transportation with trains that connect the five main cities from north to south along the sea shore. Taranto is a large city that might appeal to you with some importance to world war II events. Lecce and Trani have something worth seeing like a duomo and Palazzo Caccetta and a romanesque church for Ognissanti in Trani. A street by street map of Lecce is worth looking at because that city has much to occupy your time including Palazzo Vescovile and the Duomo. Otranto has the duomo also. Taranto has the Museo Archeologico Nazionale the Duomo, Citta Vecchia and several old churches. Bari has its cathedra and an old city castle from romanesque times - 12th century perhaps. Troia has its duomo and Lucera has its amphitheater and castle. Much more to see inland. As for Matera this is Basilicata - worth while seeing for houses perched on cliff sides. Matera and Basilicata deserve more than one day. Personally I believe that your proposed itinerary might be too ambitious and challenging for time.
Responses # 2 and #3 offer good ideas. If you limit or confine your visit to Puglia to a visit to Bari maybe you can squeeze in time for doing all of these other things. Do not allow a half day visit somewhere to become a whole day excursion. Time management will be important. Do you have an extra day or two? Hope this helps.
Looking to go to Bari for my Mum's 60th Birthday, we are a group of 8 which included a 1 and 2 year old.
I would really appreciate suggestions on best places/areas to stay.
We are looking for:
- Somewhere which has a pool
- close to shops and restaurants
- location that is easy to get around.
Would you recommend staying in Bari or going to Puglia?
We will be travelling in early May - I have seen that temps are around 22c, so will be nice weather!
Your help would be greatly appreciated.