Bordered on two sides by the Ionian and Adriatic seas, Puglia is a long sliver of land that stretches along the heel of Italy. In between you'll find some of the best riding in all of Italy, along peaceful backroads.
Rolling through this farmland rich in Greek, Norman and Arab influences feels like a mystical odyssey through time. Start from Savelletri as fig trees, blooming cacti, and herb gardens fill your path with delightful fragrances. We ride through one of the gems of Puglia: the Valle D’Itria. In Alberobello, the trulli region, spin by clusters of fantastic conical dwellings surrounded by enormous, gnarled olive trees. Spicy handmade orecchiette, bruschetta covered with juicy tomatoes, roasted red peppers and grilled calamari satisfy our palates. Warm hospitality and friendly conversation greet us at every turn.
While many regions of Italy boast of having “the best food,” Puglia could humbly claim this title due to using simple preparations that allow the true flavors of the food to stand out. Slow Food has over 300 chapters here (called Presidi) to protect biodiversity and traditional production.
The program has a spectacular ending in Matera (City of Stones), in the region of Basilicata.
Not sure if you can do it? Contact us to schedule a call about how demanding the rides are. E-bikes and E-wheels available.
October 10 - October 17, 2020
Private room (single supplement) USD 600
8 days (7 nights)
The tour was fabulous and we haven’t stopped talking about it.
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Egnazia - 17
Your guide will meet you at the Bari airport at 12 pm for a transfer to the first hotel (approximately 1 hr). We will gather at the hotel for introductions, bike fitting
Selva di Fasano - Ostuni - 37
We will ride to Ostuni, an area that has been inhabited since the Stone Age. Bike to one of the loveliest towns along the Mediterranean where white houses, piled like sugar cubes against an azure sky, remind you of the Greek Islands. The brightness of its whitewashed houses, set against a sea of stately olive trees, provides a spectacular perspective of this rich seaside farmland. On the way back, we ride by centuries-old olive trees that are like amazing natural sculptures. We'll have a close look at those monumental trees during a visit planned at an olive oil producer. Pass by dry stone walls and more olive groves, and pedal along the coast before going back inland to Selva di Fasano. Dinner is a seafood lover’s delight right by the water.
Alberobello - 28
Today's ride makes a stop at the famous grottoes of Castellana (it's a great underground tour but it's not recommended if you are claustrophobic). We will then continue on to Alberobello, which takes its name from the forests that once covered the area. Nowadays, this is where more than 1,000
Alberobello - Valle d'Itria - 25
Today we ride through a fantasy land of
San Basilio - 35
Today we say goodbye to Alberobello and pedal to our lunch spot in Mottola, a charming Pugliese town. Mottola is located on a hill above the sea and has a view of the Gulf of Taranto and the green mountains of the high Sila; for this reason, the town is also called “the Balcony of Southern Apulia.” In the evening we’ll enjoy an interesting, hands-on mozzarella making demo and an exquisite dinner at the hotel, a restored Ducal villa built in honor of Isabella de’ Medici.
Matera - 33
We spin along the Murgia plain through a bucolic terrain of rolling fields of “
Today’s ride takes us to the countryside in the fertile Metaponto Valley where we’ll stop at a beautiful organic farm where our host Cinzia will proudly serve vegetables grown on their land. In the afternoon, you can opt to climb back or to take advantage of our van for the ride back to Matera. You will have some spare time for shopping before dinner at I Baccanti with typical Lucanian delicacies (Lucania was the ancient name of Basilicata).
• All accommodations
• All breakfasts, three lunches, and six dinners
• Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support,
• Tastings of olive oil, mozzarella, and local specialties
• Guided tour of Matera and Alberobello
• Snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
• Logistical support during the tour and luggage transfer
• Commemorative cycling jersey
• Shuttle at the beginning and at the end of the tour
• All activities mentioned in the day-by-day description
• Bianchi bike rental with Garmin GPS
Puglia is predominantly an agricultural region, producing around 40% of Italy's olive oil and a large proportion of its wine (more than any other region in Italy).
This essentially agricultural nature influences the region's cuisine. Home cooks and restaurant chefs predominantly use the abundant local produce, such as durum wheat, tomatoes, artichokes, fava beans, fennel, peppers, onions, beef
The most widely grown grape variety is Negroamaro (literally black-bitter). Almost exclusively cultivated in Puglia, Negroamaro is used to produce some of the region’s best wines, including Salice Salentino. The title of most famous grape, however, goes to Primitivo, whose wines are generally high in alcohol content and full in body. The hills around Matera give birth to one of the best reds of the South of Italy: the Aglianico del Vulture. The volcanic soil and the