I understand urban/tourist areas in Italy are preferring cc over cash but is Puglia still mostly on a cash basis? I assume Apple Pay or Google pay would not necessarily be helpful for a Bari-Monopoli-Lecce-Otranto trip. Train travel still requiring paper tickets? Any thoughts would be appreciated…(not a RS area of italy …I know).
"The legal currency is the euro. Tips are not mandatory, although it is customary to leave it in case the customer is satisfied with the service. In Puglia credit and debit cards are accepted in almost all businesses."
If CCs and DCs are accepted, and the businesses have Contactless Pay POS devices, then electronic wallets should be accepted.
"Train travel still requiring paper tickets?
If the train service is provided by Trenitalia, then you can purchase both online and in person at the station. Tickets purchased online don't require validation before boarding, while station purchased physical tickets will. Any Trenitalia station ticket machine I've used accepted Contactless Pay.
During multiple visits to Brindisi/Martina Franca/Lecce (all pre-Covid, most recent in December 2019), we never experienced a noticeable difference with the rest of Italy and used credit cards for nearly everything (accommodation, restaurants, most shops, gas stations). Basically, we used cash for small amounts only (under 10 €). Did not use Google Pay or tap to pay, as far as I can remember.
Thanks for the responses. That gives me a good feel for our upcoming trip.