Lecce and the Salento area
Meet at the first hotel at 1pm for a light lunch, bike fitting and a warm-up ride, followed by a stroll to the fortified village of Acaja. On this bike tour our guides will help you uncover all the charm and beauty that this town and region has to offer, you can just relax, have fun and they will take care of all the rest.
This region in Puglia is flat with some hills and is an ideal place for cycling. Its fertile land allows for a greater production of wine than in any other region of Italy, and it is among Italy's main olive oil producer. Before we reach our hotel in Mesagne there will be a great opportunity to visit a local producer of Salice Salentino and ride among Negramaro vineyards for miles!
Savelletri and Selva di Fasano
Ride to the Savelletri coast through Ostuni, an area that has been inhabited since the stone age. Bike to one of the loveliest towns along the Mediterranean. Stay overnight at a restored fortified agricultural estate in Selva di Fasano and enjoy the countryside immersed in this natural environment right before our dinner in a "trulli" complex.
Pass through ancient olive groves, and pedal along the coast to the Greek ruins of Egnazia, the ancient Messapian town of prehistoric origins. Then we go inland towards Castellana and finally we arrive in Alberobello, the town of the cone-shaped, whitewashed “trulli” houses, surely one of the symbols of Puglia.
Today we ride through a strange fantasyland called Trulli. Via tiny roads, cycle through Valle D’Itria to arrive in Locorotondo, a whitewashed, circular town known for its white wine. From the top of the Serra, there is a fascinating panorama of the valley of the Itria. In the afternoon we visit the Frantoio Intini, an olive oil press which embraced the Slow Food movement under the multi-generational management of Pietro Intini.
We leave Alberobello passing through a beautiful landscape with farmhouses and riding through stunning country roads. We stop for lunch in Mottola, another charming Pugliese town. In the evening, enjoy a charming mozzarella-making demo and an exquisite dinner at the hotel which sets the mood for tomorrow’s exciting arrival to Matera.
Spin to Matera
We spin along the Murgia plain through a bucolic terrain of manicured farmlands and shady oak groves to Matera, the city of caves and one of the most extraordinary spots on Earth. UNESCO lists Matera as one of its 365 Official World Heritage sites because of its Sassi cave dwellings. In the afternoon we will explore Matera on a guided walking tour.
In the morning we will have some free time to explore Matera on our own, then we'll hop on our bikes for a ride into the countryside, where we'll stop at an organic farm. Here, our friends Cinzia and Fulvio will prepare a vegetarian lunch. In the afternoon, opt to enjoy a long climb to Matera (optional shuttle back). And finally, join us for a final celebration dinner of typical Lucanian food: the ancient name of Basilicata was “Lucania.”
After breakfast, we offer a 1.5-hours group shuttle in the morning, around 9am, to the Bari airport.