Day 1 – Welcome to Basilicata
Independent arrival in Matera and get settled in at your hotel. Briefing and delivery of bicycles.
Upon request: guided walking visit of the Sassi (ancient Matera districts) and the Park of Rupestrian Churches. We suggest a dinner (on your own) in a typical Sassi restaurant carved out in the Rock.
Day 2 – from Matera to Alberobello
You will pass through the small villages of Gioia del Colle and Noci and on to Alberobello, the capital town of Trulloes and a UNESCO’s world heritage site. Accommodation in a Trullo house or a restored farmhouse.
Distance: about Km. 69.
Grade: Hilly route on stretches that are almost flat with brief climbs
Day 3 – Ostuni “the White “
Crossing the Itria Valley, with stops in the characteristic Locorotondo and Cisternino, you will reach Ostuni, which is reputed an architectural jewel, and is commonly referred to as “the White Town” for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
Distance: about 45 km
Day 4 – Castles and farmhouses
Cycling south through the quiet country lanes to the charming town of Francavilla Fontana and on to Oria, famous for its 13th Century’s Castle and delightful historic centre. You will reach a Masseria, a typical Apulian converted farmhouse, your accommodation for the night.
Distance: about 55 km
Day 5 – Gallipoli and the Ionian Coast
Today your route will pass through Porto Selvaggio and skirt the Ionian coast to reach Gallipoli, derived from the Greek word kalépolis meaning “beautiful city.” Have a picnic on a sandy beach and try to swim if the weather is nice.
Distance: about 60 km
Day 6 – Far East
Cycling to Otranto, the route will take you to the wildest and eastern rocky coast of Southern Italy. The sun and the atmosphere is unique in a place where Turkish and Greeks landed centuries ago. Otranto has a wonderful centre with walls and a castle. A masterpiece is the mysterious mosaic, in the Romanesque Cathedral.
Distance: about 71 km
Day 7 – Lecce, the Baroque gem
Last stage will take you to Lecce, the Baroque town with wonderful façade of buildings and churches. Taste a puccia (local bread filled with salami or vegetables) or a pasticciotto (delicious pastry), and enjoy shopping and walking in the city centre.
Distance: about 45 km
Day 8 – breakfast and end of services.