We are a couple with our 70th. birthdays behind us but youthful in attitude, we hope! We plan to visit Puglia this autumn in late Sept. October for 2 weeks. We got inspired by an interest in Magna Graecia and are interested in seeing historical sites e.g.. the cathedrals in the Bari area but also wandering the centres of old towns. We are reluctant to hire a car because we have read of the difficulties of parking in and around historical towns and have experienced this for ourselves in the past. We have also read that there is a good system of public transport but we are experiencing difficulty in finding timetables in English or even good maps of rail and bus routes on line.
At present the rough plan is to arrive in Bari, perhaps use it as a base for 2/3 days, or would Trani be better? Then, we would like to visit Gravina in Puglia for a couple of days, because it is off the tourist track and interesting. We are wondering if we could get to Matera from there and should we stay a night? We would then like to explore the south, Lecce and Otranto and even Taranto for the museum - I believe it has reopened and is very good. Is this too much? We are aware we have left out the Trulli area - should we try and include that ? Any advice will be appreciated.