You will spend a week cycling to explore the enchanting land of Trulli. Nestled in a hilly area with a mild climate and gentle profiles, this rural region is particularly beloved by cyclists for its beauty, colors, and variety. Starting from Alberobello, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique and mysterious small houses, you will venture into the green heart of Puglia. In just a few kilometers, you will reach charming towns and hidden wonders. The art, nature, and delightful flavors of the Valle d’Itria will fill both your body and soul!
DAY 1 – Alberobello
Alberobello will welcome you to this fantastic valley with its thousand cones pointing towards the sky. Overnight stay in the city of trulli.
DAY 2 – From Alberobello: Putignano and the Castellana Caves (35km)
Following the gentle undulations of the route, through oak forests, vineyards, and olive groves, you’ll pedal to Italy’s largest karst caves. The magnificent Castellana Caves offer a truly unique experience, extending underground for over three kilometers in an atmosphere rich in evocative power and magic, adorned with stalagmites and stalactites grown following ancestral rhythms. Another night among the trulli awaits you.
DAY 3 – Tour of Locorotondo (30km)
A few kilometers of gentle ups and downs will take you to Locorotondo, a small and candid village with a wonderful balcony overlooking the heart of the Valle d’Itria. Take a stroll in its historic center and savor a careful and tasty food and wine experience in one of the small restaurants tucked away in its alleys. Returning to Alberobello for the last night, don’t miss the incredible sunset over the Trulli from one of its panoramic terraces.
DAY 4 – From Alberobello to Martina Franca (17km)
The route will be almost entirely flat; the only ascent will be towards the town of Martina Franca. Here, the typical Baroque almost becomes Rococo, combining with white lime to create a style entirely unique and full of exotic charm. To satisfy both eyes and palate, taste the famous local products: Capocollo, a Slow Food Presidium since 2007, and Bocconotto, a shortcrust pastry sweet with a cream and sour cherry heart, to be enjoyed strictly at Caffé Nuova Tripoli on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Overnight stay in Martina Franca.
DAY 5 – Tour of Cisternino (30km)
Pedaling in this timeless land surrounded by gentle hills displaying vineyards and cultivated fields, you’ll reach Cisternino, one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy.” A truly local gastronomic experience here is Fornello, where the butcher also becomes the cook: just choose the meat, take a seat, and wait with a nice pitcher of local wine! Before returning to Martina for the last night, you’ll ride along a stretch of the new Via Verde dell’Acquedotto Pugliese, the longest in Europe.
DAY 6 – From Martina Franca to Ostuni via Ceglie Messapica (35km)
A day dedicated to the city of Ceglie Messapica, a small town where art and good food harmoniously coexist. Ceglie is considered the gastronomic capital of the Valle d’Itria: stop for lunch in one of its restaurants and see for yourself! From fava bean puree accompanied by wild vegetables to the inimitable Biscotto Cegliese, a Slow Food Presidium, you’ll eat like the locals every day. A great aid for digestion will be the ride to Ostuni, the White City par excellence. Overnight stay in Ostuni.
DAY 7 – In the Park of Coastal Dunes (30km)
Relax in nature today thanks to the beauty of the Natural Park of Coastal Dunes. A slice of paradise between land and sea, where the dunes preserve many natural habitats. Not only fossil dunes but also long sandy beaches, fragrant Mediterranean vegetation, ponds, wetlands, and archaeological sites of historical and cultural importance. You’ll return to Ostuni for the last overnight stay.
DAY 8 – Ostuni
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