Self guided Walking

Puglia Walking Trip: Itria Valley and coastal dunes

Murge & Itria valley - PugliaDifficulty path:
Easy
Self guided · WalkingDuration: 8 daysCode: ws004
from 840 €per person

Highlights

Traveling at a slow pace to discover a territory that tries to keep its ancient balance between man and nature, for a local development that emphasizes its architectural features and craftsmanship.
A Walking Trip 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 and wine of Puglia

Program

Day1

Alberobello

Your Puglia Walking trip starts from 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

From Alberobello to Martina Franca

19km, +230m -210m

The first stage of this Puglia walking trip 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.
Overnight in Martina Franca.

Day3

Martina Franca - Locorotondo - Cisternino

13km, +200m -130m

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 high-quality wines, like the Locorotondo Doc. After a visit to the old town you get back on the track of your Walking Tour, 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.
Public transfer to Martina Franca and overnight.

Day4

From Martina Franca to Natural Park Dune Costiere

13km, +150m -400m

Short bus ride to reach Cisternino and its buildings, examples of baroque style and oriental Renaissance.

Back on the walking route, 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.

Today and tomorrow overnight in Montalbano.

Day5

Natural Park Dune Costiere

18km, +110m -110m

You will need a full day to discover this Park and its many beauties.
A loop walking 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 Murgia to reach again Montalbano.

Day6

From Park Dune Costiere to Ostuni

13km, +240m -120m

Leave Montalbano to 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.
Overnight in Ostuni.

Day7

Ancient Masseria and back to Ostuni

12km, +160m -160m

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.
Walk back to Ostuni following the same short trail and overnight.

Day8

Ostuni

After breakfast, end of services.
If you still have time during this last day of your Puglia walking Trip, 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.
If you like cycling, take a look at this bike tour in the Itria Valley.

 

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.

What's included

Our offer includes

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Tasting at the farm day 6
  • 2 dinners day 4 and 5 (drinks not included)
  • Olive oil tasting and guided visit day 7
  • Detailed route directions with maps
  • Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Phone assistance 08:00-20:00

Not included

  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Public transports day 3 and 4
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Hotel tourist taxes
  • Insurance and what's not listed as "Included"

Departures and prices

Low Season01/02/2024 => 23/03/2024
Standard840 € /p
Mid Season24/03/2024 => 21/06/2024
Standard880 € /p
High Season 22/06/2024 => 19/07/2024
Standard970 € /p
Peak Season - ON REQUEST20/07/2024 => 01/09/2024
Mid Season02/09/2024 => 26/10/2024
Standard880 € /p
Low Season27/10/2024 => 20/11/2024
Standard840 € /p

Supplements per person

Transfer Bari/Brindisi Apt-Alberobello (min 2 pax)
Standard75 € /p
Transfer Ostuni-Bari Apt (min 2 pax)
Standard95 € /p
Transfer Ostuni-Brindisi Apt (min 2 pax)
Standard58 € /p
Single room | Low Season
Standard310 € /p
Single room | Mid Season
Standard350 € /p
Single room | High Season
Standard400 € /p
Extra night in double room | Low Season
Standard75 € /p
Extra night in double room | Mid Season
Standard86 € /p
Extra night in double room | High Season
Standard94 € /p
Extra night in single room | Low Season
Standard105 € /p
Extra night in single room | Mid Season
Standard125 € /p
Extra night in single room | High Season
Standard135 € /p
Solo traveller
Standard180 € /p

Other Information

Grade

The Walking tour in the green heart of Puglia 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 19 km, with almost undemanding unevenness and travel times between 3 and 4,5 hours.
The tour winds mainly through dirt paths and country lanes; rarely, and only when strictly necessary, on busy roads.
 We recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring with you a hat, trekking poles, drinking water, sun cream, swimsuit and a waterproof jacket in case of rain.

Accomodations & Meals

The tour offers accommodation in Masseria, Trulli house and 4* hotels.

  • 1 night in Alberobello
  • 2 nights in Martina Franca
  • 2 nights in Montalbano
  • 2 nights in Ostuni

7 breakfast and 2 dinner included.

Support

We will take care of your luggage while you are walking.
For the whole duration of your tour, you can contact our assistance numbers.

Travel documents

A few days before departure you will receive by email the Service List with instructions for using the Travel App.

Upon your arrival, ask at reception for the info pack with:

  • updated Service List;
  • luggage Labels;
  • detailed Route directions with maps.
Arrival and Departure

Getting there
Alberobello is easily reachable by car, train and by air.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Buses and trains of the Trenitalia easily connect Alberobello with the railway stations of Bari, Taranto and Lecce. 

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 from here continue with the Trenitalia 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 buses and trains Trenitalia, probably with 1 or 2 train changes. NB: On Sundays and public holidays many train rides are replaced by bus rides.

If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer on the days of arrival and departure.

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Travel tips

When do you fancy leaving?

For this Puglia Walking Trip departures are available almost all year.
If you choose it for your Easter holidays 2023, 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 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 Walking holidays in Italy?

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 2 tastings in small local farms. 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 to 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.

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