Puglia is an enchanting land of ancient souls where for many centuries several civilizations of the Mediterranean Sea and Europe have alternated with each other leaving, each of them, their indelible mark. It can easily be assumed that Christianity arrived here before reaching Europe , of which remain the ruins of the most ancient temples of our religion. After people from Magna Graecia and the Romans, arrived the Longobards, the Arabs, the Normans, the Angevins, afterwards the Swabians and the Spaniards, and by these rulers were raised magnificent monuments, churches, convents, towers, castles and palaces in Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles with so many local varieties and features. Plenty of art but also nature in this bizarre strip of land between two seas, so close to the suggestive Matera, hidden town in the forests and mountains of Basilicata region. Not even food and wine lovers will be disappointed during their Puglia Holidays! Selected wineries, restaurants, farms and bakeries: forget about diets and be curious to know one of the places where gastronomic culture is considered sacred, that’s South Italy.
A bike route designed to connect the three Unesco sites of Castel del Monte, Matera and Alberobello, to appreciate all aspects of a territory that holds within it not only evidence of significant historical, archaeological and palaeontological interest, but also environmental and landscape phenomena of great importance.
The best way to discover Salento is riding a bicycle! A cycling Puglia tour along the perimetre of the Mediterranean peninsula to be pampered by the warm light of the sun and to relax pedaling along picturesque corners of coastline and nature reserves, through historic port towns and Baroque art centres.
This trek crosses the ancient lands of Terra d'Otranto and Terra di Bari, beyond the boundaries between Basilicata and Puglia. Starting from Matera you will visit and stay in pleasing small towns like Alberobello, Ostuni and Lecce.
A great journey between Puglia and Basilicata, starting from the lively and hectic Bari and reaching the ancient and magical Matera with its Sassi, passing through small villages full of history and hidden corners. In the middle it stands Castel del Monte, solitary and imposing, in the countryside of the National Park Alta Murgia.