Puglia is genuine. Untouched. And there's no better way to experience it than by bike. Cycle past olive trees and seaside towns. Ride through a sunny paradise between the blue waves of the Adriatic and the flawless green of Basilicata. Share a table with the kindest people on the Italian peninsula. Welcome to Italy less traveled. Welcome to Puglia.
1-2 Be charmed by the unique identity and spirit of the Pugliese people Bike past fields of fennel and a sea of shimmery olive trees The sun-bleached fishing town of Polignano a Mare, with winding streets and limestone cliffs, is yours to wander Partake in a cooking demo and sommelier-led tasting of full-bodied primitivo and other notable Pugliese vini at a traditional masseria (fortified farmhouse).
3 Explore Alberobello, a World Heritage site with 1,500 cone-roofed trulli (classic cone-shaped stone buildings), on a walking tour with a local guide to learn about these unique structures constructed without mortar Pedal rolling country roads through the fertile Val d'Itria A mozzarella master in a typical trullo shows us how mozzarella is made.
4 Ride quiet one-lane roads, cooled by sea breezes under blue skies A peaceful route leads to Ostuni, la città bianca (the white city), spanning three hilltops and crowned by a Gothic cathedral Take your coffee with a view as you enjoy a refreshing espressino freddo on a park terrace in Cisternino, an enchanting 7th-century town Discover charming Monopoli as you stroll along its seafront promenade and through its labyrinth of narrow lanes.
5-6 Journey inland to the World Heritage site of Matera, one of Italy's most fascinating towns Some 9,000 years ago, humans inhabited the canyon's caves, creating what UNESCO calls the most outstanding example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean Soak up the distinctive feel of this ancient town, with its intriguing history and sublime views Settle into a cliff cave of your own at our exceptional boutique hotel Cap off your trip with a ride or a walk through Matera with a local expert.