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Canadian travelling to Italy pre trip report and comments on Puglia itinerary.

Since there is not that much information on this forum about Canadians travelling to Europe I thought I would share my pre trip info, since I have spent a lot of hours doing research.

First idea was to visit black Forest and Alsace but husband change his mind and wanted to go to Puglia.

Vaccinated Canadians are aloud to enter Italy with an antigen or PCR test taken 72 hrs prior to arrival.
Italy accepts all vaccines given by Canada even the mixed doses. As long as you had your second 14 days prior to entering Italy.

Purchased medical covid19 insurance from securiglobe (1million for covid and 10 million other illness or accident) plus 150$ per day per person for food and lodging in case we need to quarantine if we test positive prior ro returning to Canada. Cost 70$ per person

Shoppers drug mart are now offering antigen test for 40$
Results and certificat in 20 minutes. You need to call to make an appointment.

You will need a copy of each vaccin dose, paper or digital.

To enter italy you need to register for the Passenger Locator form
https://app.euplf.eu/#/
You then should received a QR code by email. (i will do it this weekend and can report back)

If test is negative, we should be on our direct flight from Toronto to Rome in 11 days. Flying direct was important to me, it is hard enough to deal with the entry rules of one country.

Once at Rome airport I have read that it goes smoothly since all the paperwork will have been taken care of in TO.

Italy requires a green pass to enter, museums, eat in indoors, travel on trains or buses etc.
The green pass is only available to those who have been vaccinated in Italy. Our canadian vaccine certificate should be the equivalent.

We rented a car and will be visiting
Matera 3 nights
Gallipoli 2 nights
Otranto 2 nights
Ostuni 3 nights
Rome 2 nights

we will do daytrips to Monopoli, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Lecce.

If you have suggestions for things not to be missed, that would be great. My husband is looking for a cooking class somewhere in these cities.

For Puglia and Basilitica regions you also have to complete a passenger locator form

I have found the one for Puglia
https://limesurvey.istsvc.regione.puglia.it/index.php/119341?lang=it
But i am still looking for the one for basilitica

Once we return the car, we will spend 2 nights in Rome, this will be our 4th visit to Rome. We would probably have gone somewhere else but we need a PCR test 72 hours or less prior to returning to Canada. PCR test are available in big cities only, i could not find a place in Puglia which offered PCR test.

For 60€ you can have a PCR test at artemisia lab. You can book an appointment online. They have many locations. They garantee the result by the next day if the test is taken prior to 6pm.
https://artemisialab.it/molecular-swabs-rt-pcr-with-qr-code-saliva-tests-antigenic-rapid-tests-serological-tests/
They send the result by email.

For our flight back to Canada we will need to complete the arrivecan form or use the app.
For vaccinated people no quarantine necessary if
you have a negative PCR test and have a quarantine plan in place if necessary.

If I forgot something please let me know.

I hope this will help others, not an easy process but in the end it should be worth it.

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Thanks for the useful research you have done and for sharing it. Maybe next year…….sigh!

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Gallipoli and Otranto are two places I really enjoyed. However, your plan for two nights in each might be a lot. When I visited, I was based in Lecce and visited the two on day trips.

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You do not need to change hotels so often in Puglia. We based in beautiful seafront Polignano a Mare( near Monopoli) for eight days and did day trips ranging from Lecce up to Trani. We also visited Matera from there. I would not stay in Matera for three nights.

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Did I miss somewhere what month the trip will take place?
I also would have stayed in Lecce four nights and visited Otranto and Gallipoli as day trips, but sometimes it is nice to be in a different place at night.
I'm obsessed with Matera. I imagine you will arrive somewhat late the first day? So two full days would not be too much to me. One day for exploring Matera itself and one day for a day trip. What kind of things do you like to do? We walked along the gorge in Laterza and took a tour of the abandoned village of Craco. If you are particularly interesetd in the cave churches, you can take a tour of those outside the town.
Places I have not been but would put on the potential list:
Altamura
Castelmezzana/Pietrapertosa
The towns on the coast north of Bari

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Ok thanks for the feedback.
The trip is in October, in 10 days.
I will be booking my hotels, airbnb this weekend and decided to stay in Lecce instead for 4 night and do daytrips from there.
I will keep my 3 nights in Matera since the first day we will arrive late.
We love walking and plan to do the mountains caves hike, but the abandonned village sounds great.
Keep it coming!

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I will be booking my hotels, airbnb this weekend and decided to stay
in Lecce instead for 4 night and do daytrips from there. I will keep
my 3 nights in Matera since the first day we will arrive late. We love
walking and plan to do the mountains caves hike, but the abandonned
village sounds great. Keep it coming

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Yes if you are doing the hike outside Matera you will definitely want two full days (the visitor center in the park has really good food!). The hike in Laterza is more nature-focused. The area is known for raptors and we just enjoyed the quiet. Craco is more about the faults of humanity, if that makes any sense--it is a really interesting tour! Your hotel can call for you to arrange an English guide. You wear a hardhat and explore the ruins.
On the drive to Lecce, you can swing past some Greek temples at Metaponto. There is also a town called Grottaglie where you can buy pottery. Taranto would be worth a stop if you want to see the museum, but you may want to store luggage and not leave it in the car. Lecce has plenty to occupy you even if you did not leave town. There is a village called Galatina that I would like to see if I am ever lucky enough to get back to the area.
Once you are in the Itria Valley, just driving and rambling among the villages and farmland is nice.
accommodations:
In Matera, Toretta ai Sassi B&B is wonderful but very small so may be booked. In Lecce, Roof Barocco Suites is also wonderful. Both have amazing breakfasts (one of my needs--I can't do pastry and coffee alone). They have parking. We visited twice and one day we explore the Gallipoli side (there is a pretty park north of Gallipoli) and the other the Otranto side (good scenic drive along the coast).

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that is awesome!
i will look into all your suggestions!
thanks!

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Hi Martine,

You said "Italy requires a green pass to enter, museums, eat in indoors, travel on trains or buses etc.
The green pass is only available to those who have been vaccinated in Italy. Our canadian vaccine certificate should be the equivalent."

So were you able to get on museums etc. with the Canadian vaccine certificate? I am still not able to obtain the EU Green Pass yet.

Thanks for your help!

Weishu

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@wiweishu, i have not been on the trip yet. I have read many posts here and on tripadvisor about americans having no problem with just their cdc cards, same for canadians with their certificate.