Salento, Trulli e Sassi di Matera

The beauty and the magic of south Italy

Salento, Trulli e Sassi di Matera

Arrival/ departure airport is at/from Brindisi airport  in Puglia, the region also known as the heel of Italy.

A 8 days and 7 nights tour to discover the magical atmosphere of this region and also of the renown Sassi of Matera in the adjacent region - Basilicata. Sassi di Matera, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1993, are ancient cave dwellings in the town of Matera also known as the subterranean  city.

We will spend the first night in Lecce, the baroque masterpiece of southern Italy and 2 nights in Matera. We will ride, swim and taste superb local food. We will cycle through Otranto, Port Badisco, Cape Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli harbour with its amazing beaches and sea, also known as the Maldives of the Mediterranean sea. After swimming in crystal clear water we will visit the old town of Gallipoli. More riding along the Ionian coast to savour the extraordinary landscape. Then we will move inland to reach Matera by van. From Matera to Alberobello, another Unesco World heritage site, to Ostuni to reach the coast again between Polignano and Monopoli. During the rid from Matera to Alberobello we'll stop in Gioia del Colle for a mozzarella tasting.

Price is for 7 partecipants - 7 notti and 8 days (including transfer).
The price for this tour includes:
- 6 full days cycling, 7 nights + transfer;
- presence of a minivan with a bike rack and driver for the round trip transfer and to follow the riders for the entire trip; 
- a cycling guide;
- accommodation in double rooms (4 stars hotel, B&B or farm stay),
- all dinners and breakfast (breakfast in the morning will be gauged to meet the needs of a recreational cyclo-tourist);
- energy snack while cycling; 
-road-book and GPS tour tracking.
The following are not included:
- meals while cycling,
- extras at dinner,
- any additional options requested from the organization, insurance and anything else not explicitly included above.

This tour runs from Wednesday to Wednesday. 
The path is indicative and may undergo small variations for safety reasons and / or viability and road works.
More details on travel rules

We also provide the BIKE RENTAL service with CINELLI road racing bikes and BIANCHI trekking/hybrid bikes

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This tour runs from Wednesday to Wednesday. Take a look of the 6 days proposal in the same area. 


Tour - Day by day


Day 1 transfer and welcome drink
From Brindisi airport you will be transferred to Lecce where your lodging will be in the centre of the town. Welcome drink and we will all get acquainted with one another.  Short walk in piazza Sant'Oronzo and dinner. On the next day we will leave for Otranto and Port Badisco after a touristic bike tour into Lecce and a special snack with "Alvino's pasticciotti".
Lecce, the baroque masterpiece of southern Italy, can trace its origins back to the Normans but today is a vibrant university town and head of the Salento area.

Lecce-Porto Badisco

Day 2, 65km up to 200m climbing
We leave  Lecce after a nice breakfast at Alvino’s  towards Acaya, a fortified citadel, with a long ride among olive groves – a typical feature  of this region-  to reach the coast up to Otranto. Our first swim will take place in Port Badisco. And finally we will stop for a typical snack to savour local cheese and cold cuts while sipping a beer or a nice local wine.

Porto Badisco-Gallipoli

Day 3, 100km 500m climbing
The first long stretch of this tour marked by the passage of the Cape of Santa Maria di Leuca. We start from the rocky coastline on the Adriatic sea to the flatter and sinuous coastline of the Taranto harbour on the Ionian sea. From here we will reach at sunset Baia Verde (Green Bay) in Gallipoli with its breath-taking beach.


Day 4-5, 66km, 200m climbing + transfer
We will continue to ride along the coastline with its numerous bays, from sandy to rocky, small ports, watchtowers and natural reserves. After a deserved stop in Campomarino for a swim and a drink Than we will have the van transfer, about one hour and half, to Matera. In Matera we will stay in an inn built from stone which used to be a church.
The Sassi are houses dug into the calcarenitic rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Apulia, locally called "tufo" although it is not volcanic tuff or tufa. Many of these dwellings are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi often run on top of other houses. The ancient town grew up on one slope of the ravine created by a river that is now a small stream. The ravine is known locally as "la Gravina". Since 1993 it’s a UNESCO World heritage site.


Day 6, 70km 200m climbing
Today you can decide whether to ride to Alberobello or to reach it by van. The ride is short and flat.
Alberobello is a strange and picturesque destination.The small town has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unusual districts of trulli, the characteristic white-washed conical-roofed houses of the area. A trullo is a small dwelling built from the local limestone, with dry-stone walls and a characteristic conical roof. It is a traditional and simple type of structure which you'll see dotted around this part of Puglia, sometimes in its most basic form used as a kind of shed among the olive groves. The story behind Alberobello, once a town of trulli alone, is a typically Italian one: its design was to fiddle taxes and fool the authorities. The local feudal lord, Count Acquaviva, moved his peasant workers here to clear woodland and cultivate the land. To wriggle around laws and taxes, it was important that Alberobello didn't class as an inhabited settlement. So until 1797, when Alberobello was finally given 'town' status, the people had to live in trulli, which could be dismantled in a hurry when necessary.


Day 7, 50km, 200m climbing
Our tour ends in Polignano. Polignano is famous throughout the world for three things. First of all is cliff diving. Second is its outstanding ice-cream, which you really cannot afford to miss on a summer’s evening. The third and possibly most famous export of Polignano a Mare, however, is the great Domenico Modugno, who wrote and sang numerous classic songs, including the massive international hit, Volare (originally entitled Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu)! The locals are incredibly proud of their favourite son and rightly so. As you wander through the streets that inspired such a wonderful song, you might well find yourself involuntarily singing or whistling, “Volare, oh,oh… Cantare, oh,oh,oh,oh… Nel blu dipinto di blu… felice di stare lassù…”.
From here after a few kms we will reach our last destination, Monopoli. We are back on the Adriatic coast where we started! The next morning bright and early, transfer to the airport.

This tour runs from Wednesday to Wednesday. The path is indicative and may undergo small variations for safety reasons and / or viability and road works.

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It is a bike tour that you really recommend it to everyone, everyone like me that never try a 6days tour, but want to try this strong experience. If you never stay in Matera...WOW you really have to go, as in the Trulliland too...if you too, like me, are willing to accept the challenges, then you must try. It's an easy outdoor experience, with long riding, seabath, food, wine with special travel mate. Thanks, really thanks, to Italian VeloTours!






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