Cycling the Itria ValleyMurge & Itria valley - PugliaDifficulty path:
It's an hilly area with a mild climate and gentle profiles: its rural landscape is much loved by the local cyclists and not only for its beauty and variety.
Starting from Alberobello, Unesco World Heritage for its pretty and mysterious houses, you will cycle in the green heart of Puglia, reaching within a few kilometers enchanting little towns and hidden wonders.
Art, nature and the gorgeous flavours of the Itria Valley will fill your body and soul!
The Trulli land
The nature of Puglia between land and sea
The “green heart” of Puglia
Food and wine and local specialties
The Wonders of the hinterland
Beautiful and candid villages
Alberobello will welcome you in this beautiful valley with its thousand cones upside down toward the sky. The history of these ancient rural buildings with conical shape, each distinguished by strange symbols and pinnacles of various forms mingle easily with local myths and legends. Some late studies associate Alberobello to the Turkish town of Harran, in Kurdistan, where similar houses are made with blocks of soil baked in the sun.
Piazza Martellotta divides the city between the more touristic and suggestive part in Rione Monti, and the most authentic and calm in Aia Piccola.
Cycle to Putignano and Castellana Grotte
Today you will know one of the principal phenomena of this territory, the karst stone with its rock formations. Following gentle undulations, oak forests, vineyards and olive trees you will cycle up to the largest karst caves in Italy. The magnificent caves of Castellana are a truly unique experience: they run underground for over three kilometers in an atmosphere between evocative power and magic, reflections with stalagmites and stalactites grown with ancestral rhythms. Before reaching them, you can have a detour to Putignano, elegant town well-known for its ancient Carnival with incredible floats, dated more than 600 years ago.
Another night among trulli is awaiting you.
Bike loop via Locorotondo
Few kilometres of gentle ups and downs 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. Have a walk in its old town and take your time for a careful and tasting “food&wine research” in one of the small restaurants that the centre hides.
Going back to Alberobello for your last night here, try to don’t miss the amazing sunset over the Trulli from one of its panoramic terraces.
From Alberobello to Martina Franca
The route is almost completely flat; the only ascent will be the one that will take you to the town of Martina Franca.
San Martino is the patron saint of the city, from which it takes its name. The name "Franca", which means "free of expenses", was given by Prince Philip of Anjou in the 14th century, to exempt the city from paying taxes.
Besides the arch entrance of the old town, along the main street a rich and elegant scenery of striking buildings and churches will open up. Here the typical Baroque becomes almost Rococò and combining with the white lime creates an entirely unique style full of exotic charm.
To satisfy eyes and palate, don’t miss the famous local products: the Capocollo, 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.
Bike loop via Cisternino
Cycling in this fairytale land, surrounded by gentle undulations full of vineyards and cultivated fields you will reach Cisternino, one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of Italy”.
This small town is well known in the Itria Valley for its mazy oriental charm, reflected in the alleys, arches, courtyards and stairways of its four old districts. This spontaneous and unique architecture branches around the Clock Tower Square. A truly local eating experience here is the Fornello, the barbecuing butcher: you choose your meat, take a seat and wait with a carafe of local wine!
Before returning to Martina Franca for your last night there, you will cycle along a stretch of the new Greenway of the Puglia aqueduct, the longest in Europe.
From Martina Franca to Ostuni via Ceglie Messapica
Day dedicated to the town of Ceglie Messapica, a small town where art and food coexist harmoniously…
In the centre a Norman Tower over 30m high overlooks the entire complex. All around an ancient and surreal atmosphere that ranges from the time of Messapians ancestors to Medieval times. Ceglie is considered the gastronomic capital of the Itria valley: stop for lunch at one of its restaurants and check it for yourself! From the mashed Fava-beans accompanied by wild vegetables to the special Cookie of Ceglie, a Slow Food product, you will eat like locals do everyday. Great help for digestion, a ride towards Ostuni, the White City par excellence. The custom of whitewashing the walls with lime dates back to the Middle Ages, to make brighter and fresher the narrow alleys. Besides being a natural disinfectant lime prevented the spread of the plague when an epidemic broke out in the 17th century.
In the Natural Park Dune Costiere
Nature will relax you today thanks to the beauty of the Natural Park Dune Costiere.
Slice of heaven between the land and the sea, here the dunes preserve many natural habitats. Not only fossil dunes, but also long and beautiful beaches, a fragrant Mediterranean vegetation, ponds and wetlands, archaeological sites of historical and cultural significance, historic farms and oil mills, rock settlements and more. On the way back you will find an authentic Masseria among century-old olive trees for a surprising guide tour with Extra Virgin Olive oil tasting.
On the road uphill you will reach Ostuni again.
After breakfast end of services.
If you have not already done so try to look for the shop of the master craftsman Tonino Zurlo and his fine works in olive wood.
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
- 7 nights with breakfast
- Welcome briefing and bike fitting
- Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
- Olive oil tasting and guided visit day 7
- Typical products and wine tasting
- Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
- Phone assistance 08:00-21:00
- Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees and tips
- Bike rental
- Hotel tourist taxes (about € 14,00)
- Insurance and what's not listed as Included
Departures and prices
Supplements per person
Mostly flat with wavy lines.
This Puglia bike tour is suitable to anyone with a minimum of training to the bicycle. The daily mileage goes from 20 to 35 daily kilometers, and you can stop at your leisure, or according to our advice, 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, masseria and 4* hotel.
All rooms are ensuite.
3 nights in Alberobello
2 nights in Martina Franca
2 nights in Ostuni
7 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 8 to 21. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.
A few days before departure you will receive:
- Service List (with the link to download the Travel App);
- Luggage labels (to be printed and applied on your luggage).
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. NB: This 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.
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.
Back to Alberobello
From Ostuni you can reach Alberobello with Trenitalia getting to Bari, in combination with Ferrovie Sud-est, from Bari to Alberobello. The train tickets vary from € 11 to € 17, depending on the types of train; the travel time is about 3h00.
NB: The Ferrovie Sud-est service is replaced by bus rides on Sundays and public holidays.
If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer on the days of arrival and departure.