Experience the rustic beauty, history and cuisine of Southern Italy on an active, nine-day cycling adventure through Puglia in April 2019! Bike in Puglia in the heel of Italy’s boot, where you will discover beauty unique only to this region. Traveling by bike allows you to see this beautiful place in a unique way, as the slower pace lets you delve deeper into the region.
Puglia’s towns are rich in churches, palaces, markets and slow food trattorias and influenced by its Greek, Arab, and Norman past. Your first, gentle day of cycling through fertile Salento will be a sensory delight. Get to know your Italy cycling trip companions and your expert guide as you watch olive groves and vineyards roll past you while peddling along on your bike while wildflowers line the road’s edge, bobbing in the gentle breeze. You and your fellow bikers will celebrate your first day on the road with a visit to a winery before arriving in Mesagne. The next day you’ll head to the Savelletri Coast. Marvel at the stunning hillside towns in this region in Southern Italy, where white houses creep down the verdant hills to the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean. A visit to a local olive mill will give you a taste of Italian life as it’s been practiced for centuries!
Each day you will be biking approximately 25-35 miles with options to extend the ride each day and expert support staff will accompany you the entire time in case you need to take a break. Your expert bicyclist guide has an unquenchable sense of fun that stems from the love of his people and homeland. Your guide is a local expert who often knows more about a place than the people born there! There’s no end to the ideas they conjure up for dopo il giro (after the ride), from gelato strolls to spontaneous serenades, to even dancing the tarantella in the local piazza!
Cycling to the ruins of Egnazia, you’ll experience a prehistoric city whose ancient foundations still stand. Make your way to Alberobello, famous for its cone-topped white “trulli” houses. Loop through tiny roads to Locorotondo, a circular town famous for its special varietal of Italian white wine. Perched on a high ridge, this ancient city offers stunning views of the Itria Valley below. Enjoy the unique flavors of Locorotondo’s delicately fruity Verdeca and Bianco d’Alessano wines as you relax in the evening, recalling the sights of the day with the women cyclists sharing your journey.
Gently rolling hills offer a beautiful backdrop for your next day’s ride, and help you work up an appetite for the handmade panini at a Mottola Deli. Enjoy your meal as you and a friend gaze over the rolling waves of the Gulf of Taranto. The next day the lush fields and shady oak groves of the Murgia Plain make for a bucolic ride. Stop at the rocky hillsides of Matera, a city of caves, and home to the Sassi cave dwellings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nearby rock churches will take your breath away, especially when you descend into the chilly crypts of San Nicola and Santa Margherita. In the evening, learn to dance the traditional pizzica and tarantella, dances with a fascinating history in this ancient land. After a final, gentle ride to a nearby local Italian farm in Mantera, enjoy a celebration dinner with the amazing women sharing your biking adventure in Italy.
Want to satisfy your cravings for great rides, slow foods, strong traditions, and unique regional architecture? Let Italy capture your heart on this unforgettable journey by bike in April 2019 through one of Italy’s most historic regions!
- Italy Cycling Women’s Adventure: Day-by-day Itinerary
- What’s Included in your Italy Biking Trip
- Where We Stay in Italy on our Journey
- What to Pack and Bring on Your Bike Trip
- Traveling to Brindisi & From Bari, Italy
- Detailed Itinerary: Italy Cycling Trip for Women
- Pedal through the mellow rolling hills of beautiful Puglia, Italy and take in the panoramic surroundings and white-washed towns from your bicycle
- Explore three unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Lecce, Alberobello, and Matera
- Learn about history and lore from your experienced and professional guides who love to share their knowledge
- Practice traditional folk dances that originated in Apulia
- Savor Italian cuisine that pairs well with local earthy Italian reds and elegant white wines
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Historical Sites
- Local Delicacies
- UNESCO Site
- Wine Tasting
- Women-To-Women Exchanges
If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.