Day 1: Arrival to Matera
Arrival in Matera. For millennia, inhabitants of this region have carved dwellings directly into ravines and gullies made of tuff (or tufa), a characteristic honey-colored soft stone. These houses are called "Sassi" and are today World Heritage site.
Overnight in Matera.
Day 2: Matera – Alberobello (44 miles/70 km)
You cycle to the famous trulli of Alberobello and Locorotondo. Trulli were generally constructed as dwellings or storehouses. Alberobello is situated upon two hills, once separated by a riverbed. On the eastern hill is the new town, with modern architectural features. On the western hill, the trulli are lined up in an urban conglomeration, subdivided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both National Monuments from 1930, and today World Heritage sites.
Overnight in Alberobello.
Day 3: Alberobello – Ostuni (34 miles/55 km)
You cycle through the countryside to 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.
Overnight in Ostuni.
Day 4: Ostuni – Lecce – Gallipoli (43 miles/70 km by train + 31 miles/50 km)
A train transfer brings you to Lecce. After a short distance through this amazing baroque town, you go deep into "salentinian countryside," before approaching the Ionian coast and your daily destination, Gallipoli.
Overnight in Gallipoli.
Day 5: Gallipoli – Santa Maria di Leuca (31 miles/50 km)
Cycling further along the coast you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. The name Santa Maria di Leuca was given by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They saw this place lightened by the sun and therefore called it "leukos," meaning white. Santa Maria di Leuca is a famous seaside resort.
Overnight in Santa Maria di Leuca.
Day 6: Santa Maria di Leuca – Otranto (31 miles/50 km)
Today you will cycle northwards along the Adriatic coast to Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy where you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle.
Overnight in Otranto.
Day 7: Otranto – Lecce (34 miles/55 km)
Riding along the Alimini Lakes and the unique Mediterranean bush you’ll enter into Lecce. Thanks to its Baroque style, it has the nickname "the Florence of the South."
Overnight in Lecce.
Day 8: Departure from Lecce
Departure after breakfast.
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions, or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (road work, for example) which cannot be forseen; in the case, each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.