Alberobello and the Land of Trulli bike tripItria Valley - PugliaDifficulty path:
Populated for thousands of years, its rural landscape preserves the historical and cultural heritage of this land, kept with effort by the strong hands of the peasants who still work with sacrifice these lands hostile but thriving at the same time.
Based in Alberobello, Unesco World Heritage for its magical trulli-houses, you will discover by bike this part of the region, reaching within a few kilometers Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Noci, and spending a day with the most spectacular caves of southern Italy and the splendid sea of Monopoli.
Trip in the Stories and Legends of the unique Trulli
The Magic Caves of Castellana
The Baroque Martina Franca and its Gastronomic Wonders
The “Cummerse” houses of Locorotondo
Bike tour to the Sea of Monopoli
Marino’s Divine Sandwich in Noci
More than a thousand cones upside down toward the sky welcome you in Alberobello.
The history of these strange homes mingle easily with local myths and legends. The latest studies carried out by a local scholar associate Alberobello to the Turkish town of Harran, in Kurdistan: “The majority of scholars believe that the architecture of the Trulli in its primitive forms has come to us from the Near East. Among the earliest evidence we note those of Harran in Kurdistan, place mentioned in Genesis because from there Abraham left to Ur. There are thousands of 1-room ocher Trulli because built with blocks of soil baked in the sun.”
Upon arrival, tasting of typical products in a trullo shop.
After breakfast your bike trip in the Land of Trulli will begin: this first excursion will introduce you to the area.
Hills, tidy and colourful vineyards, olive groves, forests of oak. Your goal today will be Noci, a town with a well preserved historic centre. If you do not fancy to sit in one of the restaurants that you can find near Noci, we recommend a gastronomic excursion at the coolest grocery of Puglia, “Marino”, where you can taste his Divine Sandwich.
Back to Alberobello following the way among the hills of Barsento; but be careful not to descend too fast, because you would miss the crossing for the place where in a bucolic setting you will find the rural church of Santa Maria di Barsento built in the 6th century.
Today the bike route is almost completely flat; the only ascent will be the one that will take you on Mount San Martino that houses the old town of Martina Franca. This art city decorated in Baroque style is in between the white buildings of Ostuni and the 17th century architecture of Lecce. Walking through its narrow streets you will be in front of an unmistakably unique artistic expression.
The town takes its name from its patron saint, San Martino. The name “Franca” is given by Philip of Anjou in the 14th century, to exempt the town from the payment of taxes in perpetuity. That’s how the centre, attracting many people from the surrounding hills, develops quickly turning it into a well-fortified city.
After strolling through the alleys of its historical centre, we advise you to sample a couple of really famous local products: the Capocollo of Martina Franca, Puglia appreciated cold cut, Slow Food Presidium since 2007, and the Bocconotto, sweet shortbread with a cream and black cherry heart, to taste strictly at Café Nuova Tripoli.
Few kilometres to ride with your bike to reach Lorocotondo, small white village whose wonderful balcony overlooks the heart of the Itria Valley.
The lands here are devoted to the cultivation of vines, which with the help of the sun produce a light and fresh white wine of high-quality: the Locorotondo Doc. Resume your bike ride after a highly recommended “culinary research” in one of the small restaurants hidden in the pretty old town.
And if on your return to Alberobello you are still “thirsty”, you can enjoy a wine tasting at one of the wineries in or near Alberobello.
For you last day of this bike trip in the Land of Trulli you will reach to the largest karst caves in Italy!
The Castellana caves run underground for over three kilometers in an atmosphere between evocative power and magic, reflections with stalagmites and stalactites grown with ancestral rhythms. All this is the result of the erosive action of surface water, which for millennia have slowly dug this hole to open the gate to the sea.
After the visit you can stop to enjoy a good dish at one of the small restaurants that are in the vicinity of the caves, or you can extend your route by following down the path to the beautiful Monopoli. After a nice bath in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea it will be easier to follow the path back even if slightly uphill.
If you want to combine more sea with a bike tour from Alberobello, there is Discover Puglia by bike.
After breakfast end of services.
To learn more about the many stories and legends on the fascinating conical constructions of Alberobello, you can visit the Museum of the Territory “Casa Pezzolla” in Aia Piccola, one of the two halves of the old town.
Tour programme variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each biker can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
Our offer includes
- 5 nights with breakfast
- Tasting of typical products day 1
- Wine tasting and visit
- Welcome briefing and bike fitting
- Information package
- Smartphone offline GPS app
- Phone assistance 08:00-21:00
- Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees
- Bike rental
- Hotel tourist taxes (about € 10,00)
- Insurance and what's listed as Included
Departures and prices
Supplements per person
This tour is suitable to anyone with a minimum of training to the bicycle. The daily mileage goes from 35 to 50 daily kilometers, with programmed pauses for visits and refreshments.
The bike will be a way to work off the good food and enjoy the many landscapes offered by this land. There will also be strictly cultural moments and the possibility of a refreshing swim in the clear sea of Puglia.
The tour offers accommodation in charming trulli and 4*hotel.
All rooms are ensuite.
5 nights in Alberobello.
5 breakfasts and 2 tastings included. All other meals are not included.
The morning of the second day, after breakfast, you will have a Welcome meeting.
We will take care of your luggage while you are cycling.
In case of need you can call our emergency number ON from 08:00 to 21:00. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.
During the welcome briefing you will receive your Information Package. The Package contains the following Travel Documents:
- updated Service List;
- Vouchers to be delivered to the partners;
- luggage Labels;
- Route notes: a summary of daily information.
Alberobello is easily reachable by car, train and by air.
BY TRAIN. The Ferrovie Sud-est connects Alberobello with the train stations of Bari, Taranto and Lecce.
The Ferrovie Sud-est service is replaced by bus rides on Sundays and public holidays.
BY AIR. The closest airports are Bari and Brindisi, both connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities.
From both airports, you should get to Bari train station by shuttle bus service or train, and catch the Ferrovie Sud-est train to Alberobello.
If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer with us.
BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. We recommend you to exit the motorway in Bari Nord and continue along the SS16 to Monopoli and continue on the SP113 towards Alberobello. maps.google.com can help you with the directions.