Walk the Way from Bari to MateraPuglia & BasilicataDifficulty path:
The Cammino Materano starts in the multifaceted city of Bari and reaches Matera through the territories of ancient Peucezia, encountering Roman roads, medieval streets, sheep tracks and cart tracks, castles, caves, sanctuaries and rock churches. We will walk surrounded by ever-changing landscapes: olive groves, hilly vines, steppe-like expanses, oak forests, immense fields of wheat and legumes, spectacular canyons, up to the pine forests around Lake San Giuliano.
An interesting and slow journey to the south, which will introduce us to part of the rich cultural heritage of Puglia and Basilicata and a nature that knows no borders ... all accompanied by a mouth-watering peasant gastronomy!
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30/10 > 05/11/2023
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Landscapes of the Murgia and lands of brigands
Ancient forests of Apulia and Basilicata
Waking up in the magnificent Sassi of Matera
From bread to oil, the gastronomic excellences of the south
Ravines, caves and canyons
→ If you are a two-wheel enthusiast you can cycle the Camino Materano by gravel bike in just 3 stages, take a look at the program.
Welcome to Puglia and its fascinating capital.
Immersed in the sea breeze, the atmosphere here is full of life! Strolling along the beautiful streets of the elegant Murattiano district, you can see the great architecture of the Teatro Petruzzelli and the Teatro Margherita built on the sea, while Piazza del Ferrarese introduces us to the characteristic old town. "Bari vecchia" is a shiny, lively labyrinth where you can lose yourself in sensations and smells, such as that of the focaccia, or fresh homemade pasta by lively housewives. And on our steps, from the Swabian Castle to the Cathedral, we will arrive in front of the imposing Basilica of San Nicola, a symbol of Christianity that unites West and East and houses the remains of the saint of Myra.
From Bitetto to Cassano delle Murge
25km, +241m -41m
After the train transfer from Bari to Bitetto, we will be ready to take together the first stage of the route along the ancient Via Peuceta from Bari to Matera.
Our journey starts in Bitetto, perhaps enjoying a sporcamuss - delicacies made with puff pastry and custard - in the shadow of the medieval Cathedral of San Michele Arcangelo. Well-known for its Termite PDO olive, this pretty town is surrounded by olive groves, symbolic crops of Puglia and the entire Mediterranean. And it will be the red earth olive groves, which characterize the Bari plain, to guide us on the path while, step by step, we will begin the ascent towards the Murgia reliefs.
We will walk in a typically agricultural landscape, along quiet country roads, between dry stone walls, small trulli and farms, until we meet the first specimens of centuries-old oaks as we approach the end of the stage.
Cassano delle Murge, with its medieval old town of white labyrinthine alleyways, is just around the corner and we will spend the night here.
From Cassano delle Murge to Santeramo in Colle
22km, +303m -160m
Today's stage of the Way from Bari to Matera continues to climb in altitude, along the Murge plateau.
Once out of Cassano, our route will see us walking this time through a landscape largely dominated by woods. The Forest of Mesola SCI is part of an unexpectedly green Puglia, covered with holm oaks and downy oaks, among which sometimes splendid centuries-old specimens stand out. But this is a varied territory, where ancient oak forests alternate with fields of wheat, vines and olives, surrounded by dry stone walls and farmhouses, the imprint of man for centuries. And in spring the blossoms light up the area with brilliant colours.
This leads to Santeramo in Colle, on the highest step of the Murgia plateau, where streets and squares come alive in the evening with people and where the scent of meat cooked in the steakhouses, the typical "ready-made stoves", captures the senses.
To find out more, enjoy a little journey through the food and wine experiences of Puglia with this short reading!
From Santeramo in Colle to Altamura
24,5km, +250m -256m
Today we will be surrounded by open landscapes that change from deep green to golden yellow with the seasons: welcome to the Alta Murgia National Park.
Leaving Santeramo in Colle, the Cammino Materano in group continues slowly, among pleasant ups and downs, towards the heart of the Murgia steppe. Here is the Grotta Sant'Angelo complex, one of the most important sites of Micaelic worship in ancient Apulia.
On the way are Masseria Scalera, where we can stop for a tasty break with mozzarella and cheese, and the rock site of Fornello, while Altamura already appears close by on top of its hill. And along the winding medieval alleys that lead to the splendid Cathedral, the white city of Frederick II will welcome us with the aroma of its PDO bread and the stories of the Man of Altamura, a Neanderthal specimen, housed in the National Archaeological Museum.
From Altamura to Gravina in Puglia
20km, +145m -272m
How can you not start the day with a taste of the delicious Nun's Tits? Do not think bad! It is a historical sweet of the Altamura pastry, and it will give us the right charge to face the fourth stage of the Camino Materano in group.
We start where we left off, strolling through the beautiful historic centre of Altamura before taking the road into the countryside. Leaving the city in a southerly direction, we come to one of the most important historical routes in Puglia: the Via Appia, which in ancient times connected Rome to the port of Brindisi on the Adriatic Sea. Here on the Murgia plateau the landscape that accompanies us is the sweet one of the hills planted with wheat, oats and cicerchie (chickling peas).
After passing a small wood we will make our entrance to Gravina in Puglia, where we will have dinner and spend the night. Heir to the ancient "Sidion", a Peucetian and later Roman city, Gravina is a charming village with the warm colors of calcarenite, the stone of the canyon in which the city is excavated and built.
From Lake San Giuliano to Matera
15km, +490m -214m
After the transfer from Gravina, today's stage starts from Lake San Giuliano, in the center of the homonymous Nature Reserve. Welcome to Basilicata!
We will walk along the sunny shores of the lake, through rich vegetation of pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees (an ideal habitat for various species of birdlife) before taking the road to Matera. The Bradano ravine, with its rock settlements, hides a treasure: the marvellous Crypt of the Original Sin, which can be reached with a small detour from the path.
From here we begin the ascent towards our destination, the beautiful Matera, which we will reach by walking freely through vast expanses of wheat and arable land.
Walking along the Casalnuovo district, we will come out as if by magic in the amphitheater of this city carved into the soft rock and overlooking the majestic ravine, the kingdom of lesser kestrels. An unmissable postcard before getting lost in the streets of Matera.
The journey ends in the enchanting City of the Sassi, to be discovered in our blog, whose thousand-year history is revealed with incredible beauty step by step.
So off along the many pottery shops and wood-fired ovens that bake excellent PGI semolina bread in the typical cornetto shape, perhaps accompanied by cruschi peppers and pezzente salami for a final aperitif.
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.
Our offer includes
- 6 nights with breakfast in double/twin room
- Local Italian (sometimes English) speaking guide
- Luggage transportation
- Private transfer day 6
- Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
- Train ticket day 2
- Other meals and drinks
- Entrance fees and tips
- Hotel tourist taxes
- Insurance and what's not listed as Included
Departures and prices
Supplements per person
The Camino Materano runs along the ancient Via Peuceta. The length of a walking day ranges from a minimum of 15 to a maximum of 25 km, with sometimes significant differences in height, so the tour is suitable for anyone with good walking training.
The route is a mixture of dirt and paved roads, with little shelter from the sun. In general, the climate is mild, often until December; the coldest and rainiest months are January, February and March, without ever being extreme. Spring and autumn are good seasons to set off, but with the right equipment and a few precautions, this route can be tackled at any time.
We recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes, better if trekking boots, and to bring with you a hat, drinking water, sun cream and a waterproof jacket in case of rain.
- 1 night in Bari - Hotel Adria
- 1 night in Cassano Murge - Finestre Sul Borgo
- 1 night in Santeramo in Colle - Mimmo e Valeria B&B
- 1 night in Altamura - B&B La Colomba
- 1 night in Gravina in Puglia - B&B il Borgo
- 1 night in Matera - B&B Alma Camere
In case of limited availability we choose an alternative position with similar characteristics. Alternative details will be noted in the updated service list.
6 breakfasts included. All other meals are not included.
GROUP TRIP (min 6 - max 12 people) for cheerful and proactive people! You will share a travel experience together with new people with the same desire for an active holiday full of wonderful memories. By participating in our group proposals, you will always be accompanied and guided by one of our dynamic local guides.
PRIVATE TOUR: for this tour departures are also possible for small pre-arranged groups of friends, families and colleagues. Also in this case the presence of an expert local guide is guaranteed during the scheduled excursions.
→ Departures every day on request.
Choose your departure date, who you are going with and ask us for a personalised quote!
You will be accompanied during the excursions and dinners by one of our expert tour leader, coordinator of the group and passionate about travel, nature and the territory visited. He/she will support you, becoming a travel companion and trying to meet the needs of the group, while being attentive to individual requests.
He/she will help make your vacation authentic, relaxing and fun.
A few days before departure you will receive by email the documentation containing the latest information relating to your holiday.
Reaching Bari is very easy. It is inserted in all the best circuits and roads between North and South of Italy.
BY AIR. Bari Palese airport is connected with the most important Italian and foreign cities by the main airlines and the low cost ones. It is well connected with many flights, to the city centre by Metro and train approximately every 20 minutes. More info on the website Aeroporti di Puglia.
BY BUS. Bari is also accessible by bus. Here some links to the major operating companies: Marinobus, Baltour & Flixbus, Busmiccolis, Buscenter.
BY CAR. The main highways are the A14 Bologna-Taranto and the A16 Napoli-Canosa. maps.google.com can help you with the directions.
Back to Bari
From Matera you can reach Bari by trains or buses of Ferrovie Appulo Lucane.
→ If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer on the days of arrival and departure.