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Driving Suggestions From Monopoli

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Driving Suggestions From Monopoli

Will be staying seaside for 2 days in Monopoli in late July and would love to take some drives. From what I'm reading, it sounds like Alberobello, Lecce and Ostuni are not to be missed.

Can anyone offer any suggestions as to some other places I might consider in addition to or instead of these?

Grazie mille.

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1. Re: Driving Suggestions From Monopoli

a long drive but worth it is to Gallipoli.....can see lecce at same time.

Martina Franco has the trulli home with less disneyland than Alberobello.

have breakfast at Polignano a mare just up the road....better sea views than Monopoli.

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2. Re: Driving Suggestions From Monopoli

Thank you very much.

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3. Re: Driving Suggestions From Monopoli

Try to add the Castellana Grottos and Cisternino in one day when you go to Alberobello. I don't think you'll have enough time for Ostuni coming back from Lecce.

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4. Re: Driving Suggestions From Monopoli

Hello starchild1994

Castel del Monte, the castle of Frederick II

or the Sassi of Matera (Basilicata).

You only have two days left?

Ciao

Barbypuglia

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5. Re: Driving Suggestions From Monopoli

Thank you all so much. I have 3 days total in Puglia.

Day 1 was to drive from Brindisi airport to hotel in Monopoli - explore the town and maybe some closeby surroundings like Alberobello.

Day 2 I wanted to see Lecce and Ostuni for sure.

Day 3 I am driving into Bernalda and the hometowns of my family in BAscilicata (Craco and Grassano) and then on to Bari for a flight out the next morning.

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6. Re: Driving Suggestions From Monopoli

Give yourself time to wander around the historic district in Monopoli. Try the antipasti de casa at a Monopoli restaurant to get a good sampling of local specialties. Peek in the window of the Chiesa del Purgatorio next to the Cathedral to see the skeletons dressed in ecclesiastical robes, and walk down Via Purgatorio! - when else will you get the chance to do that? Do like the locals do and get a scoop or two of the wonderful gelato at Caffe Roma on the other side of the cathedral, and eat it in the park/playground next door. The countryside is not spectacular, so get out of the car as much as you can and visit the historic districts in as many towns as you can - Alberbello, Locorotondo, even the tiny district in Cisternino.

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7. Re: Driving Suggestions From Monopoli

Gallipoli is a long round trip when I drove it. Puglia is bigger than it seems. When you drive to Alberobello, you might enjoy the play it by ear drive that I did on the way back to the,coast. Get a map and plot a route, on the smallest roads on the map, from Alberobello to Martina Franca. It,is what Napa Valley wanted to be, but with trullis and narrow stone walled lanes. I expected to see Hobbits coming out of the trullis to work the fields. Halfway into the route, forget the map and just drive around. You can't get lost. There is a major back road connecting Martina Franca to Locorotondo just make sure to bump into that. A lot of all of the above is on Street View. Make sure that your SD card has room. I took a lot of shots.

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