2020 has made Italy and the world face a new and unexpected challenge, that has unavoidably changed our daily habits. 

We have been stayed at home for long weeks, someone with their own family, someone else alone. Today, all of us are itching to get our freedom back and to start living again, enjoying the beauty of all the small things surrounding us.

Who does not need to leave the four walls of home to discover new horizons, admire different landscapes, live active and carefree experiences in contact with nature? The itineraries proposed by Slow Active Tours are, now more than ever, the ideal answer to this kind of needs, all the more so because they allow you to live a beautiful holiday with all your family in total safety!

Here are some ideas for exciting and active family holidays in Puglia.

A group vacation: the experiences that unite

The domestic environment, however comfortable, could exacerbate family tensions, when it is lived with monotony and for too long. Sometimes, in short, you have the need to get away from it all and to live your family in new contexts, involving adults and children in explorative, recreational and cultural activities.

We talked about all the advantages of an active holiday with children in Puglia in the article Father and son holiday: the perfect adventure. Take a look at it!

Now we propose to you a new kind of family holiday in Puglia, thought to guarantee the maximum safety and complete autonomy to the travellers. They will have the opportunity to put their base in an apartment in Valle D’Itria and to set off from here to live different experiences in a customised tour based on the needs of the group.

You will be able to chill out all together, to learn from each other, to collaborate in workshops and to have fun in games and other activities: your family will emerge more united than ever! You will have at your disposal also different kinds of affordable and high-quality bikes (suitable for the needs of adults and kids) to make adventurous bike excursions in family.

You can also plan a journey with your best friends and enjoy a very pleasant group vacation in a villa. According to your needs and preferences, you will have the possibility to choose the type of the independent accommodation you will share: a beautiful villa with or without swimming pool, a house or an apartment in an authentic Apulian town, a masseria immersed in the tranquility of countryside.

Discovering the beauties of the South of Italy

Choose your type of holiday rentals in southern Italy. Once accommodated in a pretty masseria in Valle d’Itria, you and your family will be able to set off to discover the surroundings, through trips designed in detail to let you not to miss the best highlights of the region… and not only!

In 2020 and in the future, thanks to the formula of active and safe family holidays in Puglia that we propose to you, you will have the opportunity to choose in autonomy the experiences to live and to plan your week as you prefer. We suggest you to make the most of the time available, because ten vacations in the Heel of Italy would not be enough to discover the soul and all the beauties of this land! Well, always according to our philosophy “slow & active”: so, are you ready for it?

Valle d’Itria is in the heart of Puglia and is a true treasure box of inestimable value. Immersed in wide stretches of green, among splendid millennial olive trees, the towns of this region stand out in all their splendour and in their absolute unicity. A family bike tour will let you discover wonderful landscapes among the millennial olive trees and the typical secondary streets!

First stage: Ostuni

Ostuni is one of the most popular destinations for those who want to visit Puglia. It is also known as the “White City” and the reason is easy to be guessed: just a single glance will let you notice that white is the colour dominating the whole town. The city, standing upon three hills, offers a very suggestive colour contrast compared to the green of the surrounding valley and the blue of the sea visible a few kilometers away.

The maze of alleys of the Medieval old town leads to the discovery of the authenticity of a timeless town. You must absolutely visit the 15th-century Cathedral and, not far from it, the former Carmelite Monastery which today hosts the Museum of Pre-classic Civilization of Southern Murgia. The facades of churches and palaces enrich all the old town.

Starting from Ostuni, you can plan an interesting trip to a masseria, which is just a few km from the city centre, where you will have the opportunity to discover the ancient methods of processing the lamp oil and to visit the typical rural complex which used to house peasants and farmers.

Besides Valle d’Itria: Matera and Salento

The strategical location of Valle d’Itria, heart of Puglia, allows you to have an outing also in close places and suggestive as well, like Matera, 2019 European Capital of Culture. Dedicating an entire day to the City of Sassi, you will discover the many ancient houses and the rupestrian churches, offering an absolutely unique scenery. You will feel like you are walking in a fairy town where time stopped.

Going southwards, instead, you will be able to reach Salento and the beautiful Lecce from your villa in Valle d’Itria. Lecce old town is a true open-air museum, triumph of Baroque art, whose most sublime symbol is the Basilica of the Holy Cross. Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Sant’Oronzo are the other stages you cannot miss during a tour of the city, perhaps in company of an affordable and expert guide.

You can choose to roll down southward along the coasts of Salento, having a stop, for example, in Gallipoli, the Pearl of the Ionian Sea, to continue in autonomy and at your own pace this 2020 active family holidays in Puglia.

Round it off… with taste!

You cannot leave Valle d’Itria without having met two of the symbols of this land: the trulli and its D.O.C. wines!

UNESCO Heritage, Alberobello owes its great fame to the trulli, the ancient white buildings with the peaked roofs of grey stone. These typical houses forming the nucleus of the town make the atmosphere fairy and very original. It is a destination you cannot miss!

There are no trips by Slow Active Tours without tastings: a true all-round experience must involve all the senses! Well, therefore you cannot leave without having had a stop in Locorotondo, homeland of one of the DOC wines of Valle d’Itria, and of other autochthones such as the sweetish and aromatic Minutolo, also known as Fiano of Valle d’Itria.

Write us your needs and preferences to get a customised trip proposal!