Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Level: 1-4
From: $5,599 - $5,849 pp dbl occ
There's no better way to experience this enchanting region in southern Italy. Cycle past olive trees and seaside towns. Ride through a sunny paradise between the blue waves of the Adriatic and the flawless green of the countryside. Share a table with the kindest people on the Italian peninsula. And discover baroque architecture and culinary wonders. Come, be enchanted. Welcome to Puglia and Basilicata.
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Journey to the World Heritage site of Matera | Humans inhabited the canyon’s caves 9,000 years ago in what UNESCO calls "the most outstanding example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean" | Ride or a walk through Matera with a local expert | Soak up the otherworldly feel of this ancient town, with its fascinating history and sublime views.
Set in the extraordinary amphitheater of Sassi di Matera, the Sant’Angelo Resort offers sweeping views of labyrinthine houses and staircases and of the rugged Gravina Canyon.
Turn your wheels inland and ride among fields of fennel and a sea of shimmery olive trees | Wander the sun-bleached fishing town of Polignano a Mare, with winding streets and limestone cliffs | Explore Alberobello, a World Heritage site with 1,500 cone-roofed trulli, on a walking tour with a local guide and learn about these intriguing and unique structures | A mozzarella master in a typical trullo shows us how this cheese is made | Join a cooking demonstration and sommelier-led tasting of well-known Pugliese wines at a traditional farmhouse.
A tastefully restored 17th-century masseria (fortified farmhouse) surrounded by orchards of olive trees. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
Bike along the Adriatic Coast past tiny fishing villages and the lost-in-time city of Egnazia | Ride rolling country roads through the fertile Valle d'Itria | A peaceful cycling route along country roads leads to Ostuni, a historic settlement crowned by a Gothic cathedral | Enjoy a refreshing espressino freddo in Cisternino, a captivating 7th-century town | Discover charming Monopoli while you stroll its seafront promenade and maze of narrow lanes | Rise early this morning for one last loop along the scenic coast all the way to Torre Canne.
This traditional 17th-century farmhouse has been revived as a charming boutique hotel, surrounded by eight hectares of olive groves, citrus and almond trees, herb gardens and vegetable beds. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Roads in Puglia and most of southern Italy are not always as well maintained as those found up north. Although our routes are quiet and picturesque, you can expect some rough patches of road along the way. Also, litter can occasionally be part of the landscape, especially when approaching small villages. For most, these challenges are offset by Puglia's beautiful countryside and warm hospitality.
The slower pace and relaxed approach to life in Puglia is one of the highlights of this spectacular region and is reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. This said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other parts of Europe.