Self guided Walking

Walking Puglia: Itria Valley and coastal dunes

Murge & Itria valley - PugliaDifficulty path:
Easy
Self guided · WalkingDuration: 8 daysCode: ws004
from 690 €per person

Highlights

Traveling at a slow pace to discover a territory that tries to keep its ancient balance between man and nature, focusing on a local development that emphasizes its architectural features and craftsmanship.
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

Program

Day1

Alberobello

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”.

Day2

Alberobello – Martina Franca

(about 18km, 4.5 hours of walking, elevation gain: +140 -120)

Today’s walk 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.

Day3

Martina Franca – Locorotondo – Cisternino

(about 15km, 4 hours of walking, elevation gain: +90 -70)

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”, reinvented butcher shops, where you can personally choose the meat cuts to be grilled on the spot for you.

Day4

Cisternino – Natural Park Dune Costiere

(about 16km, 4.5 hours of walking, elevation gain: +30 -200)

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 farm where you will spend the next two nights.

Day5

Natural Park Dune Costiere

(about 12km, 3 hours of walking, elevation gain: +30 -30)

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.

Day6

Park Dune Costiere – Ostuni

(about 14km, 4 hours of walking, elevation gain: +180 -40)

Leaving the farm, 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 short tasting, you shall come up the “mountains” by carefully choosing your path: through the forest, climb slowly towards the ancient village La Terra (The Earth), 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.

Day7

Ancient Masseria – Ostuni

(about 12km, 3 hours of walking, elevation gain: +130 -130)

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.

Day8

Ostuni

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.

What's included

Our offer includes

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Scheduled public transport (day 3)
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Short tasting day 6
  • Olive oil tasting and guided visit (in English) day 7
  • Description and information material
  • Phone assistance 8am-9pm

Not included

  • 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

Departure dates

Low season01/03/2019 => 12/04/2019
Standard690 € /p
High season13/04/2019 => 01/05/2019
Standard810 € /p
Low season02/05/2019 => 28/06/2019
Standard690 € /p
High season29/06/2019 => 01/09/2019
Standard810 € /p
Low season02/09/2019 => 31/10/2019
Standard690 € /p

Supplements per person

Solo traveller in single room
Standard350 € /p
Single room
Standard195 € /p
Transfer Bari/Brindisi airport-Alberobello (min.2 people)
Standard65 € /p
Transfer Ostuni-Bari airport (min.2 people)
Standard80 € /p
Transfer Ostuni-Brindisi airport (min. 2people)
Standard45 € /p
Extra night double room in Alberobello e Ostuni
Standard70 € /p
Extra night single room in Alberobello and Ostuni
Standard95 € /p

Other Information

Technical data

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.

Accomodations & Meals

The tour offers accommodation in pretty B&B, 3* hotels and typical farmhouse.
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 included. All other meals are not included.

Support

We will take care of your luggage while you are walking.
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.

Getting There

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 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 Railways (www.trenitalia.com) getting to Bari, in combination with Ferrovie Sud-est (www.fseonline.it), from Bari to Alberobello. The train tickets vary from € 11 to € 17, depending on the types of train; the travel time is about 3h00.
The Ferrovie Sud-est service is replaced by bus rides on Sundays and public holidays.

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Travel tips

When do you fancy leaving?

For this tour departures are available almost all year.
If you choose it for your Easter holidays 2019, 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 2019 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!

Why choose this tour for your holidays in 2019?

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.

Local specialties

The package includes a guided tour with extra virgin olive oil tasting in a historic farmhouse in the beautiful countryside of Ostuni among ancient olive trees, the true wealth of these lands. 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 2019.