La Bella Puglia Mini
The ideal introduction to a region of Italy unlike any you’ve ever dreamed of.
Rolling through this farmland rich in Greek, Norman and Arab influences on a cycling vacation feels like a mystical odyssey through time!
Start in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Baroque capital of Salento area, Lecce. Heading north we ride through one of the enological gems of the south of Italy: the “Salice Salentino.” Enjoy quiet roads and as we pedal toward the sea in the area of Savelletri, where fig trees, blooming cacti, and herb gardens fill our paths with delightful fragrances. 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, while warm hospitality and friendly conversation greet us at every turn.
This gently rolling bicycle trip is an ideal introduction to cycling in the irresistible Puglia region, recently named one of the “20 Places to See Now” in 2014 by National Geographic Traveler.
- Captivating clusters of conical trulli structures
- Discover the white-washed town of Ostuni and the beaches of Savelletri
- Spectacular fields of ancient olive trees and crispy white wine
- Savory cuisine: grilled vegetables, handmade pasta and dense bread
- Earthy reds of Salento and elegant Locorotondo whites
- Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Lecce and Alberobello
- Enjoy dinner in the unique atmosphere of a Trulli complex
Day by Day
Lecce and the Salento area
Meet at the first hotel at 1 pm for a light lunch, bike fitting and a warm-up ride, followed by a stroll to the fortified village of Acaja! Lecce is the capital of the south of Puglia called Salento and because of its rich Baroque architectural monuments, this town is commonly nicknamed"The Florence of the South." On this 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: andiamo, andiamo!
The region 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 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 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 the pink-tinged brown of its principal monument, makes the town stand out in the green of the surrounding area. Stay overnight at a restored fortified agricultural estate in Selva di Fasano and enjoy the countryside immersed in a great 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. Alberobello takes its name from the forests that once upon a time covered the area. Nowadays this is where more than 1,000 “trulli” can be found and this is truly a must-to-see place in the region, surely one of the symbols of Puglia.
Today we ride through a strange fantasyland of conical-shaped houses called Trulli, where archaic-looking figures peer down from many roofs. Via tiny roads, stroll through Valle D’Itria to arrive in Locorotondo, a whitewashed, circular town known for its white wine. 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, who has been awarded several times as one of the top producers in Italy.
After breakfast, we offer a 1-hour group shuttle in the morning, around 9am, to the Bari airport to catch your next connection. You can also extend your stay in the area and enjoy more this wonderful region as known also as “the vegetable garden if Italy.”
- Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
- Informative tour leaders throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Shuttle at the end of the tour
On The Tour
- Van support
- Unforgettable event featuring local music
- Guided walking tour of Alberobello
- Visits to olive oil press
- Visit and wine tasting to a Salice Salentino’s winery
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 4 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
For a full listing, request a detailed itinerary!
Hotel Santa Chiara
The Santa Chiara Suite Hotel is Lecce’s newest addition in luxury hotels, located in the heart of the historical center near Piazza S. Oronzo and the Roman amphitheater. The 21 elegant suites are luxuriously furnished offering the very best in modern Italian design and comforts.
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Each room is carefully planned and equipped for comfort. Here, you can appreciate the beauty of Apulia and its rich history. You can also enjoy the swimming pool and exclusive solarium.
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This hotel is a very huge estate that comprises 6 Masserie (ancient fortified farmhouses) and a village of Trulli. The Village is suggestive and the restaurant “Il Ciliegeto'' is inside an agglomerate of 3 trulli, a unique setting for a dining room!
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