This summer my friends and I took a 5 days road trip around Apulia with a tiny diversion to Basilicata. It was honestly amazing! Five days flew by and left us planning for our next one, maybe even southern that we’ve been this time.
As per usual we tried and kept things on a budget and kid friendly as we had a new addition to the clan this year!
MONOPOLI + OSTUNI
We made Monopoli our home base as it was placed conveniently to all the places we wanted to visit. Our Airbnb was right in the city center and had a nice terrace overseeing the sea – a magical view at sunset.
I didn’t think much of Monopoli before this trip, I have to be honest, but it left me pleasantly surprised. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the little alleys. Everything looked as it came to life from a stereotypical Italian picture from the ’50s – in the best way possible! – bright colours, laundry drying out of the windows and cobblestones.
Ostuni is 30 minutes drive from Monopoli. Known as the ‘White City’, it was exactly that. Everywhere you looked it was white with pop of colours given by the plants or doors. An Instagrammer dream! I felt like I was in Greece, although I haven’t been before.
POLIGNANO A MARE
Polignano a Mare has to be my favourite destination of all. I mean look at that sunset! I was dying to have a drink at Grotta Palazzese a restaurant built into the rocks overseeing the sea. It is quite pricey, but that was the only exception to our ‘on the budget’ rule – unfortunately they were doing some renovation works so we couldn’t go. Despite that we managed to enjoy the view from one of the many panoramic view points.
The town is also full of quotes which you can find written on staircases, doors, walls – anywhere you could think of! If you fancy ice cream definitely try Gusto Caruso – their melon, cucumber and mint flavour was to die for!
ALBEROBELLO + MATERA
Apulia is most famous for its typical houses – trulli, and Alberobello is the place to be if that is all you want to see around you. The day we went it was SO hot – 33°C at 9am and full of tourist already. On the day we took a quick diversion to Locorotondo, where we explored the city centre before heading to Ostuni for a dip.
Matera was our final destination. 1 hour and a half away from Monopoli, Matera is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Famous for its ‘Sassi‘, the city is full of stairs and very slippery cobbles so make sure to avoid wearing Birkenstock like I stupidly did!