Puglia and Matera Gourmet Walking ExperiencePuglia & BasilicataDifficulty path:
You will join local craft courses, tastings of typical products and a cooking class, at the pleasure of following the paths between Puglia and Basilicata, because an experience in Puglia is such only if knowledge and flavor come together.
A Gourmet walking experience in Puglia is a charming experience with an authentic flavor.
Wine Therapy, relax with wine in an alternative way
The coastal landscapes south of Otranto, the East of Italy
Apulian Cheeses, an Italian excellence
The magic of Papier-mâché: the secrets of an old Lecce art
Walk with breathtaking views of the Sassi di Matera
Charming accommodation and Gourmet experiences
Welcome to Otranto
Your Charming Puglia Walking tour starts from the history of these places, and Otranto is the village that preserves its roots.
After meeting your guide, a first cognitive walk inside the ancient village awaits you: crossing Porta Alfonsina, the gate of the old town, will be like immersing yourself in a timeless place. The historic center is protected by walls and ramparts overlooking a splendid crystalline sea, hides alleys of rare beauty, but to celebrate your experience in Puglia it will undoubtedly be a visit to the Cathedral of Otranto. It houses the Tree of Life, one of the largest floor mosaics in Europe. The fascination of history, religion, myths and legends will accompany you for the rest of the journey.
First dinner in company and overnight in Otranto.
Walking on the coast south of Otranto - dairy experience
14km, +/- 150m
There is a small detail of the journey in Puglia that makes it different from any experience in Italy. Otranto is the easternmost point of Italy, if you are an early riser you can admire the sunrise before any other part of the Bel Paese.
After breakfast, a special meeting awaits you. You will visit a dairy and walk with the master cheese maker to discover every stage of cheese production. The Gourmet Walking Experience in Puglia is not just for the mind and we will return to the trails only after a rich tasting of local products.
After satisfying the palate, accompanied by your guide continue walking on the coast south of Otranto, crossing coastal places shaped by the wind, bays carved into the rock and scenery that has stopped in time. The walk along the coast will cross Porto Badisco, the Sant'Emiliano Tower, the Masseria Cippano, part of the Via Francigena, Lake Bauxite and the Bay of Orte, and then return to Otranto. We do not add anything else to these places, amazement is an essential part of a Charming Puglia Walking tour.
Overnight in Otranto.
Lecce, baroque and Papier-mâché workshop
13km, +/- 150m
This morning you will be masters of your time.
You can walk alone along the Idro Valley and follow step by step the path that will take you to Le Constantine Foundation, in the territory of Uggiano La Chiesa. It is a place, which by the will of its founder can be defined as: "A place where everyone can feel at home as a big family... where you can live close to nature, away from the city, from the progress and robotization of minds".
Your Charming Puglia & Matera Walking Experience will continue with the visit to La Cutura Botanical Garden, where you can admire eleven wonderful gardens, over three thousand succulents and tropical plants, over a hundred animals.
From here you will reach Lecce. A walk in the old town of Lecce in the company of your local guide will make you live the experience of art and light. Churches and historic palaces look embroidered in stone and, with your eyes to the sky, you will try to admire every detail.
The Gourmet Walking Experience in Puglia does not exclude any of the five senses and in the afternoon, it will be the turn of the touch, a papier-mâché workshop will give you the opportunity to model the paper like the historic artisans of Lecce.
Overnight in Lecce.
Ostuni, walking among the millenary olive trees
6km, +/- 150m
Leave Lecce to reach Ostuni.
The first stop is at Masseria Brancati, located on the plain of centuries-old olive trees. It is a farm run in organic agriculture that has been branded "Sustainable Tourism".
After a walk among millennial olive trees, there will be a tasting of superb EVO oil and typical products, for a great Gourmet Walking Experience in Puglia.
You then walk along the uphill paths to Ostuni, the White City par excellence.
Recommended lunch at one of the restaurants of the old town and afternoon free to visit this beautiful city, its alleys, looking for unforgettable views.
Overnight in Ostuni.
In the park of the coastal dunes - wine therapy relaxation
14km, +/- 150m
A walking route will take you from Ostuni to Natural Park Dune Costiere.
Along the way you can visit the rocky shrine of San Biagio, patron saint of Ostuni. From the shrine there is a wonderful view of the Plain of olive trees that extends to the sea.
For a Gourmet Walking Experience in Puglia, a tasting of typical products in Masseria will be the way to recover the energies. After one last stretch on foot to reach your farm, in the afternoon Wine Therapy awaits you, an authentic Charming Puglia experience: beauty treatments and wellness based on wine and must, to counteract skin aging and detoxify the body.
Overnight in Montalbano.
Walking to Locorotondo - cooking class
15km, +/- 200m
After breakfast transfer to Cisternino. Today the Puglia & Matera Walking Experience is dedicated to the Itria Valley, a unique piece of experience in Puglia.
The walking route from Cisternino to Locorotondo will follow, for a while, the traces of the ancient Apulian Aqueduct.
The cycle-pedestrian route was built on the walkways of the Main Canal of the Apulian Aqueduct, the main course which, since 1906, has been transporting water of the River Sele from Campania to Puglia to solve the traditional drought problems of the region.
The water route will take us to Locorotondo, here will begin your experience on Puglia cuisine, a practical cooking workshop and dinner will close the day.
Overnight in Locorotondo.
Walking between Martina Franca and Alberobello - trullo experience
18km, +/- 250m
It's already been a week since you arrive, but your Charming Puglia Walking holiday will not cease to amaze you.
Today you begin to walk from Martina Franca, the path resumes towards the land of the trulli: Alberobello. To many of you, Alberobello will seem an enchanted place. The trulli are a type of conical construction in dry stone, traditional of Puglia, the oldest trulli of Alberobello date back to the 14th century.
The architectural uniqueness and historical importance of Alberobello has been recognized by UNESCO and the city has been a World Heritage Site since 1996.
To better admire this uniqueness of Puglia, we thought of a typical aperitif inside a trullo.
Then, you will return to Locorotondo with a private transfer.
Overnight in Locorotondo.
Walking in the Park of Rock Churches of Matera
8km, +/- 350m
The Puglia & Matera Walking Experience is also adrenaline and today you will find out why.
The path of this day takes you along the Natural Park Chiese Rupestri (Rock Churches) of Matera. You begin to walk near the valley of the Gravina stream, arriving at the confluence with the Jesce River, which separates the Murgia Timone from the Murgecchia. The landscape of the Murgecchia includes churches and caves carved into the rock and offers the first beautiful views of the Sassi di Matera.
The Murgia Timone, in addition to offering a privileged view of the Sassi di Matera, is rich in artistic and archaeological references. The walking route will take you between the rocky churches of San Canione, Sant’Agnes, San Vito alla Murgia and Madonna delle Tre Porte.
To reach the ancient village of Sassi, just cross the suspension bridge that connects the Murgia to the city. The bridge is suspended over the Gravina stream and in addition to giving you a thrill of adventure, it will offer you a beautiful view of Matera from the bottom up.
Overnight in Matera.
The Puglia and Matera Gourmet Walking Experience ends with a short stop in Basilicata, in Matera, before returning to the airport.
Matera is one of the oldest cities in the world, custodian of the first human settlements in Italy. In 1993 UNESCO declared the Sassi di Matera a World Heritage Site.
Strolling through the alleys of the old town and visiting the Sassi you will be fascinated by the signs of History and witnesses of an unparalleled cultural heritage.
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 walker can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
Our offer includes
- 8 nights with breakfast
- Transfer IN & OUT Bari/Brindisi Apt
- Scheduled private transfers
- Welcome briefing and dinner day 1
- Guided walking excursion day 2
- Dairy visit and local cheese tasting day 2
- Tasting and Papier-mâché workshop day 3
- Olive oil tasting and guided visit day 4
- Tasting of local products day 5
- Wine therapy day 5
- Cooking Class with Dinner day 6
- Aperitif in trullo house day 7
- Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
- Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
- Hotel tourist taxes
- Phone assistance 08:00-21:00
- Entrance fees and tips
- Other meals and drinks
- Insurance and everything not listed as “Included”
Departures and prices
Supplements per person
The walking routes proposed in this holiday are easy and practicable even for the youngest, as long as they have a minimal aptitude for walking. These are itineraries that develop mostly on paths and roads with low traffic, with some indispensable passages on busy roads and some passages that are a bit more technical.
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.
This tour offers accommodation in charming B&B and 4* hotel.
- 2 nights in Otranto → Palazzo Papaleo
- 1 night in Lecce → Palazzo dei Dondoli
- 1 night in Ostuni → Hotel Rione Antico La Terra
- 1 night in Montalbano → Masseria Ancella
- 2 nights in Locorotondo → Sotto Le Cummerse
- 1 night in Matera → Casa di Lucio
In case of non-availability: the accommodations we choose are always within walking distance of the main attractions, shops or restaurants. In case of limited availability we choose an alternative position with similar characteristics. Alternative details will be noted in the updated service list.
8 breakfasts, 1 dinner, 5 tastings and 1 cooking class with dinner included. All other meals are not included.
On the day of arrival at the hotel you will be greeted by your local guide for a welcome briefing which will end with a dinner based on local products.
On the second day your guide will guide your first hiking excursion on the coast.
On the third day you will meet your guide in Lecce for an interesting food and wine walk in the historic baroque center, including a Papier-mâché workshop during which you can learn more about this interesting Salento art.
During your holiday our drivers will take care of you and your travel companions. In case of need you can call our number ON from 08:00 to 21:00. 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).
The Apulian international airports are Bari and Brindisi.
For more info visit the website aeroportidipuglia.it.
Transfer to and from the chosen airport is included.