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.”