Alberobello and the Land of TrulliItria Valley - PugliaDifficulty path:
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, you will discover by bike this part of the territory, reaching within a few kilometers Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Noci, and devoting a day to the most spectacular caves of southern Italy.
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
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.”
After breakfast you will test your bikes with this first excursion and you will have an initial impact to the territory.
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 to Barsento; but be careful not to descend too fast, because you would miss the crossing for the Mount Barsento, where in a bucolic setting you will find a rural church built in the 6th century.
Today the 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 being lost and tired within its historical centre, we advise you to sample a couple of really 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.
Few kilometres by 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.
Take back your bikes maybe after a careful “culinary research” in one of the small restaurants that the centre hides.
And if on your return to Alberobello you are still “thirsty”, you can enjoy some wine tasting at one of the wineries in Alberobello.
Cycling tour up 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 Monopoli. After a nice bath in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea it will be easier to follow the path back even if slightly uphill.
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.
Our offer includes
- 5 nights with breakfast
- Description and Information material
- Phone assistance 8am-9pm
- 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
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 Standard tour offers accommodation in 3*hotel and simple trulli when possible.
The Superior pour offers accommodation in charming trulli and 4*hotel.
All rooms are ensuite.
5 nights in Alberobello.
5 breakfasts 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 8am to 9pm. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.
Alberobello is easily reachable by car, train and by air.
BY TRAIN. The Ferrovie Sud-est (www.fseonline.it) 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 Southeast Railways 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.