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.
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Puglia is genuine. Untouched. And there's no better way to experience it with your family 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.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Journey on our family bike tour in Puglia 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" | Soak up the otherworldly feel of this ancient town, with its fascinating history and sublime views | Take the afternoon to ride or a walk through Matera with a local expert.
A truly unique experience awaits at this elegantly distinctive property, which claims to be the world's only hotel set within prehistoric caves—indeed, the luxury rooms are literally caves with unfinished stone surroundings and little natural light.
Bike along Italy's Adriatic Coast past tiny fishing villages and the lost-in-time city of Egnazia | 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 | Celebrate the region's flavors with a family dinner at a traditional farmhouse | Discover charming Monopoli while you stroll its seafront promenade and maze of narrow lanes.
A tastefully restored 17th-century masseria (fortified farmhouse) surrounded by orchards of olive trees. (pool, spa)
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 | Ride rolling country roads through the fertile Valle d'Itria | A mozzarella master in a typical trullo shows us how this cheese is made | A peaceful cycling route along country roads leads to Ostuni, a historic settlement crowned by a Gothic cathedral | Enjoy a refreshing post-ride espressino freddo with your family in Cisternino, a captivating 7th-century town.
An Andrew Harper Grand Award recipient with "a winning combination of international comfort and refined rusticity," overlooking the Adriatic Sea. (pool, spa)
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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.
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
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 the beauty of Puglia's countryside and its 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.
We stay one night at Sextantio le Grotte della Civita, an elegantly simple hotel set within prehistoric caves in the World Heritage cave dwelling site of Matera. Although the hotel offers all the modern amenities and comforts you can expect from a Premiere Hotel, the luxury rooms are quite literally caves with little natural light and unfinished stone surroundings. Rest assured that this hotel offers a truly unique experience and is well worth the stay.