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As you look at the map of Italy, with its resemblance to a boot, the south-eastern extreme, known as Apulia (Puglia in Italian) takes form the heel. This peninsular, closed in by the Adriatic and Ionic seas, is a region abundant in vineyards, olive groves, and extensive wheat fields, as well as offering beautiful countryside, and untouched by mass-tourism, is ideal for this cycle tour which allows you to experience to the full the charm of a fascinating and ancient culture
ROUTE PROFILE: • Total distance covered: 320 km/200 miles • Total ascent: 1,450 m/4394 ft • Surface conditions: 99% asphalt, 1% unpaved • Train transfer between the overnight stays: no • On option to shorten the itinerary is offered by taking the train on day 3 Our route passes mainly through the lowlands, with some hilly terrain. Only during the height of the holiday season would you encounter traffic along these roads, which are otherwise virtually deserted. Traffic is almost non-existent in the region except during the high tourist season. The route incorporates some delightful stretches along the beautiful Apulian coast.
Individual arrival. The inhabitants of this region have made their homes in dwellings carved out of the soft yellowish earth of the valleys for over one thousand years. Known as Sassi this group of dwellings has been classified as a World Heritage Site.
Situated on two hills once divided by a riverbed, Alberobello is famous for its trulli: circular dwellings built originally as storehouses. These are found on the western hill in closely-knit communities, while the eastern hill bears all the marks of a modern town with contemporary architecture: the two districts are known as Monti and Aia Piccola, both of which have been designated national monuments since 1930, and are know classified as World Heritage Sites. Our cycling route brings us to Alberobello and Locorotondo.
Today´s cycling route takes us through countryside to Ostuni, well known as an architectural gem, commonly referred to as the White Town for the colour of its walls and houses.
Today a train journey brings us to Lecce. A few miles onwards from this fascinating Baroque town, we enter into the heart of the salentinian country, before reaching the Ionian coast and our day´s destination, Gallipoli.
As we proceed by bike along the coast we reach Santa Maria di Leuca, a town acquiring its name from sailors from ancient Greece. They saw this place so well endowed sunlight and therefore called it leukos, which means white. The town is now a famous seaside resort and a fishing area.
Today´s cycling route heads northwards along the Adriatic coast to Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy. Here visits to the beautiful cathedral and a fine Aragonese Castle are essentials.
Cycling by the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bushes we enter the city of Lecce. Thanks to a heavy baroque influence in the city’s architecture, it has earned the nickname of “Florence of the South”. Do take note of the rich sculpted 17th century motifs carved out of Lecce’s soft stone. Remains of the ancient walls enclosing the old town bear witness old town enclosed by what is left of the ancient walls bear witness to the exuberant periods in years gone by.
Departure after breakfast.
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