For this Puglia walking departures are available almost all year.
If you choose it for your Easter holidays 2020, you will see every village abuzz with the rituals of Holy week: the most popular Good Friday procession is in Alberobello, where the entire local community is involved in the re-enactment of the “Passion of Jesus”. In Ostuni there are music and local markets until Easter Monday.
The spring months are full of colours and amazing smells: in March and April the days get longer and being outdoors is just a pleasure; in May temperatures rise rapidly teasing the desire of the first swimmings.
Summer holidays 2020 can be full of life: the beaches fill up and many events begin. July and August are the busiest months of the year, not suitable for those looking for a relaxing vacation.
This year we had “courageous” departures in January immediately after a good snowfall: invigorating cold and lonely landscapes for a vacation out of the ordinary!
Puglia Walking: Itria Valley and coastal dunesMurge & Itria valley - PugliaDifficulty path:
In the heart of Puglia, the towns of Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Cisternino represent the last eastern edge of the Murgia plateau, bordering on the southern Salento plain. The Alberobello area completes the timeless magic of these places with its unique houses, today like yesterday, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see. Descending the Murgia plateau you will walk in the protected area of the Park Dune Costiere, reaching the sea and so discovering Ostuni, white village in between hills and plains.
The magic Trulli of Alberobello, today Unesco Heritage
The White Cities of Ostuni, Cisternino and Martina Franca
Incredible views of the Itria Valley
Nature and History of the Park Dune Costiere
Tasting of EVO oil nearby the ancient Via Traiana
Typical food as Capocollo and DOC Wines
Welcome to the city of Trulli, the ancient peasant dwellings on which it has been said so much. The last plausible hypothesis led to think of a link between Alberobello and Harran: in this ancient Turkish city on the border with Syria, typical alveolar houses are strikingly similar to the trulli of Alberobello. To find out more about the history and legends related to the trulli, we strongly recommend a visit to the Museum of the Territory “Casa Pezzolla”.
From Alberobello to Martina Franca
18km, 4,5h, +140m -120m
The first stage of this Puglia walking will head south on country roads and stretches of gently sloping trails. Enjoy the view and the nature of Bosco Selva, a rare example of the vast oak grove that once covered the whole surrounding area. Following directions for Martina Franca, among the high dry stone walls typical of this area, and along pasture fields that still preserve ancient trulli, you will go up to Monte San Martino to reach the elegant old town centre of Martina Franca, vivid example of Puglia Baroque art.
From Martina Franca to Cisternino via Locorotondo
15km, 4h, +90m -70m
Early in the morning, with a short public transfer, you reach Locorotondo. The village name recalls the characteristic shape of its historical centre: a set of white houses arranged in concentric rings. The lands here are devoted to the cultivation of vines that give wines of high-quality, like the Locorotondo Doc. After a visit to the old town you get back on the track, now running along the Puglia Aqueduct, the longest in Europe. The final stretch will take you to Cisternino, a charming village renowned for the whiteness of its houses and for its “stoves”, fornelli, reinvented butcher shops, where you can personally choose the meat cuts to be grilled on the spot for you.
From Cisternino to Natural Park Dune Costiere
16km, 4,5h, +30m -200m
Before you leave Cisternino, take the time to stroll through its narrow streets to appreciate the details of the buildings, examples of baroque style and oriental Renaissance. The village is the result of a spontaneous settlement, “a great masterpiece of architecture without architects.”
Back on the road, you climb down the eastern slopes of the Itria Valley until you get to the Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere, among the most interesting protected areas of South Italy due to its many natural habitats and sites of historical importance: there is still trace of the ancient Via Traiana.
Crossing the agricultural village of Montalbano you will reach its dolmen, a megalithic monument hidden amongst ancient olive trees and once used for esoteric rituals that were quite common among the ancient inhabitants of this land. A few kilometres on the Via Traiana, a stretch of the ancient Roman road connecting Benevento to Brindisi, and you will get to the masseria where you will spend the next two nights.
Tonight and tomorrow dinner at the masseria.
Natural Park Dune Costiere
12km, 3h, +30m -30m
You will need a full day to discover this Park and its many beauties. A loop trail brings you amongst olive trees that are thousands of years old, and allows you a close look at fossil dunes, witnesses to the shift in sea level over the millennia. Cross endless pastures framed by the famous “blades”: canyons hiding ancient caves. Between the fossil dunes and the new ones, you will find the wetland of the River Morelli, characterized by the presence of fresh water where eel fishing was practiced since the 19th century. The way back to the farm will be on the same gravel roads, leaving the sea behind you and continuing towards the imposing massif of the Murgia.
From Park Dune Costiere to Ostuni
14km, 4h, +180m -40m
Leaving the masseria, you will at first walk in the countryside where tasty products that end up on the dinner tables of typical restaurants you might want to sit at are grown. After a tasting in a family-run farm, you shall come up the “mountains” by carefully choosing your path: through the forest, climb slowly towards the ancient village La Terra, the highest and most characteristic hill of Ostuni.
If you like, you can also try a detour to the Sanctuary of San Biagio, the most complete rocky settlement of Ostuni. When, among the olive trees, you can see the white inverted cone of Ostuni, then you will be near the Archaeological Park of Santa Maria di Agnano, a site of exceptional historical value where a young woman of the Paleolithic era was found. Testimonials of this discovery are preserved in the Museo Civico near the splendid Cathedral.
Ancient Masseria and back to Ostuni
12km, 3h, +130m -130m
After breakfast a short trail, mainly on gravel roads downhill towards the sea will take you back to the Natural Park Dune Costiere. This protected area between Ostuni and Fasano, with its numerous natural habitats, ancient olive groves, the historic masseria farms and underground oil mills, plays an important role in the environmental protection and relevant sustainable economic development.
Reaching an ancient farmhouse you can taste real extra virgin olive oil, visit an underground oil mill said to date back to Roman times and before, the private museum, the small 18th century church with its altar made of local Lecce stone. The olive trees are now waiting for international recognition through a possible future inscription in the Unesco World Heritage list.
The way back to Ostuni follows the same short trail.
After breakfast, end of services.
If you still have time, we recommend to stroll randomly through the maze of winding streets of the old town, looking for a souvenir of your stay.. perhaps a tool made out of olive wood, crafted by the strong hands of patient artisans.
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
- Tasting at the farm day 6
- Olive oil tasting and guided visit day 7
- 2 dinners at the masseria (drinks not included)
- Public transport day 3
- Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
- Information package
- Smartphone offline GPS app (on request)
- Phone assistance 08:00-21:00
- Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees and tips
- Hotel tourist taxes (about € 14,00)
- Insurance and what's not listed as Included
Departures and prices
Supplements per person
The tour is suitable for anyone with a minimum of training. The length of a walking day ranges from a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 18km, with almost undemanding unevenness and travel times between 3 and 4,5 hours. The tours wind mainly through dirt paths and country lanes; rarely, and only when strictly necessary, on busy roads. We recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes, better if trekking boots, and to bring with you a hat, drinking water, sun cream, swimsuit and a waterproof jacket in case of rain.
The tour offers accommodation in B&B, masseria and 3/4* hotels.
All rooms are ensuite.
1 night in Alberobello
1 night in Martina Franca
1 night in Cisternino
2 nights in Montalbano
2 nights in Ostuni
7 breakfasts, 2 tastings and 2 dinners included. All other meals are not included.
We will take care of your luggage while you are walking.
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.
At your first hotel reception 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;
- detailed Route Description with maps.
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. N.B.: 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.
From Ostuni you can reach Alberobello with Trenitalia Railways 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 3h.
The Ferrovie Sud-est service is replaced by bus rides on Sundays and public holidays.
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When do you fancy leaving?
For this Puglia walking departures are available almost all year.
Why choose this tour for your holidays in 2020?
They are easy walks in touch with nature and the locals: you will discover step by step the wonders of the Valley of Trulli and relax among bucolic landscapes, ancient roads like the Via Traiana and pristine beaches of the Park Dune Costiere.
Holidays for all!
Luggage transport from hotel to hotel, routes designed with accuracy and directions constantly updated, ongoing support for a holiday in complete safety.
The package includes 2 tastings and 2 delicious masseria dinners in the coastal Dune Park. The guided tour with extra virgin olive oil tasting is in a historic farmhouse in the beautiful countryside of Ostuni among ancient olive trees, the true wealth of these lands. Another tasting will be at a family-run farm where Milena will capture you with its simplicity. Authentic flavours, DOC wines, Slow Food presidium..and your taste buds will thank you!
We help you choose
Our travel packages include just enough to make your holiday safe and serene, you will be free to choose where to stop and when you start walking again, where and what to eat: we will give you informations on our selection of restaurants and goodies affordable for any budget, or if you prefer, we will book for you, for an all inclusive holiday 2020.